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Improve your Holiday Photos with PortraitPro 17

before andafterSometimes you don’t always get the background quite right when you take your holiday portraits. You can easily change your background to a best out of your holiday snaps, check out the tutorial below.Untitled-4 Open your image up in PortraitPro 17.Untitled-5Move the Master Slider down in the Face Sculpt tab, it doesn’t need to be very high if on at all. The Lens Correct slider needs to be on.Untitled-6Turn all  the Sliders off under Skin Smoothing depending on your portrait.Untitled-7Under the Skin Lighting and Coloring tab reduce the Modeling lighting, if your background is going to be outside in daylight you don’t want the Modeling Slider on.Untitled-8  Under the Makeup tab and can touch up your makeup if needed.Untitled-10Click on the Background Tab and Create Mask button, the software will identify the background though you can adjust the mask if needed. Untitled-11Click Background image and then New Background Image, choosing your new Background image.

Under the Auto Color tab you can adjust the colors in the Background and Foreground to match.shutterstock_785253691_pp

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New Years Eve Ball with PortraitPro Body 2

before and afterA New Years Ball is a great time to get a full length portrait of you in your floor length dress. But sometimes the angle isn’t quite right, no need to spend ages trying to get the perfect angle to make your waist looking just right, you can correct this easily in PortraitPro Body, check out the tutorial below.Untitled-2Open your image up in PortraitPro Body and mark up the body, click Finish with Mark Up when done.STEP 1 Click on the lines and drag them to reshap Move both arms in slightly and the shoulder if needed.STEP 2 Click and drag in the waist of both slides, only slightly.STEP 3You can leave the Portrait there or you can click on the Picture tab and increase the Contrast and Recover Exposure sliders.

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The Perfect Winter Landscape in Seconds with Smart Photo Editor

before and afterTrying to get the perfect winter snow landscape can be tricky but check out the tutorial below to see how to improve your landscape. (Click on image to see bigger).Untitled-1 Open your photo up in Smart Photo Editor.Untitled-2 Click on the Effects Gallery button on the top right and click the effect called Darken, you can search for this in the search bar is it isn’t visible.

Reduce the Master Slider nearly all the way down and click OK when you are happy.Untitled-3Click on the Effects Gallery button and find the effect Pop, once again reduce the Master Slider down, this time so it is hardly on but you can see the difference. You can leave your Landscape here or  look at the next step below.image 4Click on the Effects Gallery button and chose the effect Darken and Improve.

Now you just have to save your photo and the session so you can come back to it later if needed.

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Touch Up Spots in Seconds with PortraitPro 17

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Removing Spots without taking away the skin’s texture can be hard but PortraitPro keeps the skin’s texture whilst completely removing the spots. Check out the tutorial below.Untitled-7Open your image up in PortraitPro, click the Presets tab and select Reset to Original.Untitled-8 Click the Touch Up button at the top of the screen. Adjust the size and strength.Untitled-9Zooming in on the face start going over the problem areas. If you over do it just click the Restore button or Undo.before and after

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Easily Change Bright Lipstick Colors with PortraitPro 17 Tutorial

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Check out the tutorial below to see how easy it is to change a bright lipstick color in PortraitPro.

Untitled-14Open up your image up in PortraitPro and check that the lips are fully covered in the mark up.Untitled-12 Click over the the Preset Tab and select Reset to Original.Untitled-13Under  the Makeup Tab turn up the Lipstick slider, select your new chosen color, the slider just above shades how dark or light the color will appear. Increase the Shine and Coverage sliders to your personal preference.

Changing the lipstick is so easy and has a massive effect to the end result.

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Getting that Perfect Sky

The sky is a massive part to any great landscape, a grey sky will lower the effect of the whole landscape.

A few tips to remember when shooting landscapes:

  • White Balance – correct for the type of weather
  • Shot in RAW if possible
  • Timing – right time of day and good weather
  • Equipment – Camera gear, Tripod and spare batteries

Sadly we don’t always time for the right weather to get that great sky. Well LandscapePro can help with that. Our sky replacement couldn’t be easier, check out the tutorial below.

Untitled-1Open your image up in LandscapePro.Untitled-2 Label your photo with the Labels on the left and click Continue.Untitled-3The software with mask the area, though you might need to change this a little with the Pull and Smart Brush tool on the left.

Once you are happy with the masking click Continue.Untitled-4Click on the Sky tab, scroll through the sky’s and click on ones you like.Untitled-5The sky is completely replaced with the new sky, this sky is called Noon 4.Untitled-6Now click on the Whole Picture tab, chose the Sharp preset and lower down the slider on it to about 1/3 on.Untitled-7The last step now is to improve the water slightly, play around with all the presets adjusting their sliders to find out what is best for your photo, this is Improver about half way.before and afterClick on image above to see the massive improvement a good sky can have on a photo.

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1940s Glamorous Photo Shoot Post Processing

Doing decades photo shoots can be really fun and glamorous and with PortraitPro you can make your images look even better within minutes.

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Open your image in PortraitPro, the software will identity the face and have a pretty accurate mark up,  You can move the mark up dots to make it as accurate as possible to get the best results.

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Once you have adjusted the mark up, chose the Preset Glamorous on the top of the right hand side. This does most of the work for you, leaving you to just make your own personal preference tweaks to the images.

unsharpen the eyes a little bit

I reduce the sharpness of the eyes a very small amount.

make up lipstick

I also change the color of lipstick, red was a very popular color for lipstick in the 1940s, but due to the softness of my image due to her outfit I have gone for a pink color instead.

Simply chose your preference shade for the selection, it is important to make sure your lips are marked up accurately, it is simply if they aren’t quite right. You can change the mark up on the left hand image at any time.

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Next I change the color of the hair, as auburn hair was a popular color back then.

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To do this, under the hair settings, click the View/edit Hair Area button. All the hair should appear pink, go over any bits that aren’t selected and click OK.

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Click through all the hair colors selecting the colors, that you like before deciding on your final color.

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The last change that I make to the image is under Picture Controls, I move the  Vibrance slider up to full on this setting, this make the colors move in line with what you would get in the 1940s.

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This took hardly anytime and you can really see the improvement in the image, and with Studio Max you can batch process them to save even more time.

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Smart Photo Editor Transformations

You can completely transform your images with Smart Photo Editor, here are some ideas of the transformations you can make, with links to the tutorials.

ballet before and afterBallet Dancer

Untitled-11Changing the background to black and white.

double exposure before and afterDouble Exposure

bear before and afterTriple Exposure and Mirror Effect

rhino before and afterBlack and White Wildlife 

polariod before and afterPolaroid

elephant before and afterWatercolor

org all threeSharpen 

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How to Steal Man Ray’s Portrait Style

Man Ray is one of the great first iconic photographers; his portrait style has something magical about it even to this day. He was one of the first artists that started to use photography as an art form.

He was revolutionary with his photographic techniques, including double exposure (which we will look at in a future blog) and early experiments with color, though black and white is what he is well known for.

Man Ray’s portraits were often around shoulder length, though there are some full length, you can see old photos of his that he would ‘crop’ by making what he wanted the photo to be.

This is a quick tutorial into how to turn your photos into his signature portrait style.

shape sliders

After marking up the photo in PortraitPro Body, I play around with the sliders a little bit, to see what looks best, the only setting I changed on mine was the Curves one, in this image you can’t see the difference too much.

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Don’t worry too much about the color and look of the make up, we are concentrating more on striking features, as this image will be made black and white in a minute.

black and white

In the picture settings, I move the slider to fully black and white, then move the others back and forth to get the lighting that I want.

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This is the photo I export from PortraitPro Body and import into Smart Photo Editor.

cropped photo

The first thing that I do in Smart Photo Editor is crop down the size of the photo (the crop tool is on the right hand side.

object removal photo

After cropping the image to your chosen look, the background needed work on, a out of focus light grey background is what we are aiming for, it my photo there was somethings in the background that I needed to get removed to have that nice out of focus background. I used the Object Removal Tool which is found on the right hand side of the screen. As you can see, I have edited quite a few pieces. Don’t worry if like mine it doesn’t look great, we just want to remove the defining features.

select area

Next we are adding an effect to the background, you do this by selecting the Select Area button on the RHS, click on background, then color in what you want to add an effect to, on your left hand side of the screen, you can adjust the size of your selection tool.

Don’t worry if you go too far over, you can correct this easily by the erase from selection button on the right.

Click the Confirm Selection and Browse Effects button on the left when you have finished.

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The effect I chose was called ‘Blur’, you can change the strength of the effects you choose but I kept mine as full.

This created a lovely blurry effect with a slightly shadow look from the darker part of my background.

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Here is my end result of a Man Ray style portrait.

Hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and try out PortraitPro Body and Smart Photo Editor, they are both currently 50% off in the sale.

How to survive making a living with Travel Photography.

Travel photography is not always going to make you a lot of money, but the freedom of the lifestyle can be particularly attractive.  Living life on your own terms and being your own boss can be a great motivator.  You have the flexibility to take on any project you want, and reject the ones you don’t.

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You don’t have to take the plunge immediately; you can start by doing things in your vacation time, and spending weekends photographing in your own town.  Wherever you live, it’s exotic to someone else.

Here’s what else to do before you go:

  • Get all the education you possibly can while you can. Acquiring skills in writing, in technical photography knowledge, in geography, human interest and art is all going to be useful when you have only your skills and ideas to live by.
  • Build up a portfolio and put in the images that you want to be paid to shoot. Don’t use things that you don’t enjoy doing or you’ll end up doing more of them, because people will think you like them.
  • Set up a photography website to host and license your images. Choose one that links through to purchasing prints. This can save you time and makes it easier for the client to purchase your products.  It can be automated throughout the site, and the customer will have very little interaction with you. It’s very time effective for you.
  • If you have no obligations, mortgage contracts, loans, or people to take care of, then you can reduce your expenditure considerably. If you give up paying rent, you also don’t need to pay the gas and electricity bills either.  You can choose where to live, in hostels, hotels, camping, in any country you like.  ( Within visa restrictions etc.)
  • It may be helpful if you’re located somewhere that the exchange rate is favorable to your salary currency. This effectively makes your hotel bill cheaper, and you can afford a higher standard than you would elsewhere.
  • Be prepared to take any assignments. Be flexible and open minded on what jobs you take.
  • Set up accounts with micro stock sites. It may not make you a lot of money, but it should become a steady income. Think about the unusual images you could take for these sites, because the usual angle has already been done so many times.
  • Set up your laptop with all of your photo editing software. Have everything you could need ready, PortraitPro and LandscapePro will save you time on editing in Photoshop, and they can both be used as plugins to Photoshop.
  • Be prepared for anything you might find. Have an app for model releases; you don’t want to not be able to use the image because you missed getting the stranger to sign a release.
  • Look for apps that will save carrying extra things.  In fact, anything you can carry in an app effectively weighs nothing.  Maps, editing tools, ebooks, you can carry all kinds in an app and you’d have your smartphone with you anyway.
  • Keep your kit lightweight. Remember not to take everything you could possibly need. It weighs a lot and you’ll regret carrying that spare lens when you are so tired you can’t make it up the next staircase or mountain peak or down the next road to get the shot. The best camera is the one that you have with you, and having to make do with the reasonable camera you have with you can make you more creative to get the shot you want.

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When you do leave on your travels, there are some things you need to remember while you’re away to help you stay organized and productive:

  • Keep regular hours when you can. Do what you should to avoid jet lag; don’t work through the night because you’ve just left somewhere where you’d normally be awake at that time. Sometimes that means staying up a little longer, sometimes it means going to bed before you’re ready.
  • Stay focused every day. You need to stay focused on the 2 or 3 things that you need to achieve each day to continue making a living. Set achievable goals, and make sure you do them. Don’t get overloaded by trying to do too much in one day, just take each day at a time and make each day productive.
  • Make room for down-time. Every day that you take a break, is a day that you don’t make any income. This is tough when you’re your own boss. You still need to have the discipline to put in a day’s work, and also to give yourself a day’s break.  There’s no one to throw you out of the office if you’re still working at midnight.
  • Don’t underestimate the people you meet. You never know who you might meet when you’re traveling.  Travel is a great opportunity to meet people you wouldn’t otherwise have bumped into.  Step out of your comfort zone and go somewhere you wouldn’t usually think about going. You might be surprised, and you might find your next project.
  • Do your photo editing as you go. If you’re taking lots of images every day, then will need to back up your photos and should do your editing regularly. Discard the images that won’t make the cut often too, so you’re not storing images that you’ll really delete when you get home.
  • Doing your basic photo editing in PortraitPro or LandscapePro. Doing it while the original is still fresh in your mind, and while you still remember what you wanted to portray in your image is useful.