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Happy Thanksgiving – Family Portrait Tips

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There’s nothing like thanksgiving to think of what you are most thankful for, family. So it is the perfect time to offer family portraits.

  • Keep the mood light, don’t give out too many instructions.
  • Smile, it will help them relax.
  • Be inventive – Come up with fun poses for them to do.
  • Personal moments.
  • For those small tweaks PortraitPro has you covered, removing that unwanted spots and blemishes in seconds.

Enjoy yourself and don’t forget to capture photos of your own family too.

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Relighting Your Portraits with PortraitPro 17

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Relighting your photos can be tricky but PortraitPro makes it so easy.

Check out the tutorials below to see some of the lighting looks you can achieve.

 

Low Lighting Tutorialdark lighting lookTo get the low light look for your images, click on the Picture tab.

Exposure – up high

Brightness – a little up

Smart Contrast – down to around -60

Vibrance – a little up

Vignette – Click the arrow so you can see all the options. For these play around to get it right. You want to make sure it keep the face light whilst creating a gradual darkness to the rest of the image.dark lighting look part 2

 

Click on the Skin Lighting and Coloring tab. Move and resize the lighting disk to get the look of low lighting.

dark lighting final image smallThe Low Light Look is now done, all you need to do is save your image and save this as a Snapshot incase you want to go back.

 

High Light Tutorial

high light lighting For high light look you need to have a high brightness so the first step is to click on the Skin Lighting and Coloring tab, widen the Lighting Disk and move so that it hits the face on the side.high lighting pictureNext under the Picture tab:

Reduce the Temperature just a little.

Increase the Brightness.

Turn the Vignette on just slightly and move the Radius slider about half way.

high lightsmallYour High Light Look is now ready to be saved.

 

Noir Lighting Tutorial

band wClick the Presets tab and go down to Picture. Select Black and White 4.noir pictureClick the Custom Tab at the top and go down to the picture tab.

Reduce the Exposure a little.

Reduce the Smart Contrast.

Reduce the Tone Curve a little.

Increase the Vignette slider nearly all the way up and the Radius slider about half way.

Increase the Hardness nearly all the way up, to about 80.

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Noir Lighting Look is now finished.

 

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Three amazing relighting looks that took no time at all, download your free trial now!

 

Transform Your Dull Old Portraits with PortraitPro 17

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Everyone has photos that looked washed out and dull, so they are tidied away into a cupboard and kept on a computer never to see daylight.

Well the time has come to change this, PortraitPro allows you to transform your old dull photos.

Check out the tutorial below to see how to transform your dull washed out photos and make them pop within minutes.Untitled-1Open your image up in PortraitPro 17, check the mark up is correct, adjusting if necessary.Untitled-2Click over to the Presets Tab and click on Standard.Untitled-3Click back over to Controls Tab, and go down to Skin Smoothing Tab. Move the Master Slider all the way down to 0.Untitled-5 Click on the Skin Lighting and Coloring Tab and move the light source around to find the best angle. Untitled-4The last change to make to the picture is under the Picture Tab, move the Temperature slider up slightly and reduce the Smart Contrast tab.

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Brand New Background Controls with PortraitPro 17

“I love this product! My business and my customers have benefited greatly from PortraitPro.” – Michael Thelen, PortraitPro User.

Introducing the new Background Editing tool, available for the first time in PortraitPro 17. Now there’s no need to keep switching between applications to edit or replace the background of your portrait.

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Changing Hair Color Tutorial

Changing the hair color with PortraitPro is a breeze, check out the tutorial below to find out how quick and easy it is and the great results!Untitled-1Open you image up in PortraitPro.Untitled-2 Click to Reset to Original option under Presets.Untitled-7Click on the Hair tab and the on View/Edit Hair Area button.Untitled-3Some of the hair is already selected so you just need to select the rest of the hair. Untitled-4 Change the size of the brush using the Brush slider to select smaller strands of hair.Untitled-2 Click OK when finished.Untitled-4 Move the Hair Recolor Slider.Untitled-8Click on the hair color box and flick through the different colors.Untitled-5Once you have picked a hair shade you like click on it and the color will be applied.Untitled-12Adjust the sliders until you are happy with the result.

With this image Hair Tidying mode is not needed but if it is all you do is click the Go To Hair Tidying Mode button and adjust the sliders.

Save your image and your session encase you want to go back and edit later.

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Celebrating 100 Blog Posts!!!

To celebrate our 100th blog post, we thought we would look down memory lane at some of our favorite past blog posts on Portraits.

Manfred Baumann

John Malkovich and Jack Black photo by ManfredBaumann.com              Check out this amazing interview with Photographer Manfred Baumann, who photographs the stars and find out how he got his big break. Click here to read to full interview.

 

How to Steal Man Ray’s Style

end picutre man ray blog_peCheck out this easy tutorial to create your own Man Ray style portrait. Click here to check out the tutorial.

 

Dustin Meyer

Houston Wedding - Hotel ZazaThe incredible Wedding Photographer Dustin Meyer talks to us about his background and why he had photography his career. Click here to read the full interview.

 

Digital Make Up Tutorial 

before and after newThis tutorial show you how easy and effective applying digital make up with PortraitPro is.  Click here to check out the full tutorial.

 

1940s Style Post Processing Tutorial

before and afterA quick tutorial on how to create a stunning 1940’s style photo. Click here to check out the full tutorial.

 

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Common Mistakes to make with Portraits

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A good Portrait can say a thousand words, but your portrait can easily be ruined by overlooking one of the following:

  • Don’t shot with a wide angle lens.
  • Make sure you are focusing on the whole face, including the eyes.
  • Pay attention to what your background is, you don’t want it to be distracting from the Subject.
  • Shot at the Subject’s eye level.
  • Lighting – try not to shot in direct harsh sunlight.
  • Depth of Field – don’t go too shallow or deep.
  • Don’t zoom in – Step closer to the Subject.
  • Posing – Make sure to direct the Subject as most people find posing unnatural.
  • Taking too many photos, quality over quantity.
  • Don’t overtweak the photo in editing after you have decided it’s done trust yourself.
  • Use PortraitPro for your editing to get the most flattering image of your subject within minutes.

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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.

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

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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.

To try this out for yourself, download a free trial of PortraitPro now.

Posing Tips for Portraits

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Posing for portraits isn’t something I would call relaxing and as a photographer you want your clients to feel relaxed to get the best photos, so here are a few tips to help:

  • Try to build rapport with your clients, by asking them questions, keeping it light helps get that natural smile rather than a forced smile.
  • The background is important, if you are having a screen background, think about what color.
  • Instructing your clients where to put their hands really helps, as they always feel awkward when taking photographs, having a set place there to put them, helps the client relax.
  • Movement can be interesting in portrait photos, especially the hair can make a great image.
  • A 2/3rd turn is a very flattering position.
  • Don’t overdo the lighting as it can quickly go from being flattering to blinding, and your clients won’t feel relaxed with so much lighting pointed at them. Natural lighting is best, if possible.
  • People have a habit in photos to have their chin up too much, to get a good definition of the chin, your client should be looking at you, not down at the ground.
  • Guide your clients as to how to pose don’t say act natural with no directions, they aren’t models.
  • Clear communication is the most important thing to remember, you don’t want to confuse your client or getting them overthinking their poses.
  • Be happy and smile, you being in a good mood puts your client in a good mood.

I hope you found these useful, and don’t forget to try out PortraitPro, to give your portraits that extra wow factor.

When it’s cold and wintry outside, it’s time for photo editing

The temperature is dropping and the nights are getting darker, so why not spend some warm, cozy winter evenings with your photo editing software?

With a range of photo editing tools, you can now use Anthropics software to retouch any type of photograph.

If portraits are your thing, then PortraitPro and PortraitPro Body will have plenty to help you improve your portrait photography.

If you prefer any type of landscape or street photography, then LandscapePro will help you enhance skies, buildings, fields and water.

Downtown LA in Mist

Winter is great for capturing landscapes in different conditions; snowy landscapes, and misty mornings on the mountain-tops. They all make great images, but they do require you to leave the warmth and comfort of your sofa.

Getting up early and capturing some misty mornings or snow in the distance can be really rewarding; but if you just can’t beat the chill and need an evening curled up by the fire, then what better excuse than the photo retouching you need to do?

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Anthropics software makes everything so much easier, so you’ll have more time to just relax with your loved ones.  If you want to go beyond just enhancing your images and get really creative, you can add effects with Smart Photo Editor.

Try out all the Anthropics software today and see what photo enhancements you can make.