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Easy Spot Removal Tutorial with PortraitPro 17 – Man Edition

beforeandafterRemoving spots can be tricky as it can very easily get overdone and look pretty obvious. With PortraitPro 17 it is super easy and fast, check out the tutorial below.Untitled-1Open you image up in PortraitPro 17.Untitled-2 Click on Spot Removal under the Skin Smoothing tab and select the strength, it will depend on your image. Though you don’t want to go too far or you will lose some of the skins texture.Untitled-3 Zoom in on your image and click the Touch Up button on the top centre. In sections touch up the spots that are still visible.Untitled-4Remember to zoom back out often to check you haven’t overdone it.shutterstock_429340234_pp

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Minimal Make up Tutorial with PortraitPro 17

before and after  Check out the tutorial below on how to get a minimal make up look with PortraitPro 17.

Untitled-1 Open your image up in PortraitPro 17.Untitled-2 Under the Face Sculpt tab slider more the Master Slider down just a little bit.Untitled-3 Under the Skin Smoothing reduce the Master Slider nearly all the way down, it only needs to be on slightly.Untitled-4 Under the Skin Lighting and Coloring tab more the Modeling slider to what best suits your image.Untitled-5 For Make up tab only move the Lipstick slider up a little to give the lips more color to them, change the color if needed and the Texture.Untitled-6 Under the Hair tab increase the Vibrance slider.Untitled-7Click the Background tab and Create Mask.Untitled-8Chose your new background and adjust the Background sliders if needed.

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Male Portrait With PortraitPro 17

 

before and after2Editing Male Portraits with PortaitPro couldn’t be easier, check out the tutorial below.

Untitled-1 Open your portrait up in PortraitPro 17.Untitled-2 Under the Face Sculpt tab move the Master Slider down. The only sliders that need to be on is the Head Forward and the Eyes Widening slider if like the picture above the eyes need widening a little.Untitled-3Under the next tab, Skin Smoothing move the Master Slider down to 0 and adjust the sliders to suit your image, the image above has quite a few wrinkles around the eyes so the Around Eyes sliders are on.Untitled-4 Under Skin Lighting and Coloring turn off the Smokey Eyes slider and reduce the Modeling Slider.Untitled-5 For the Eyes tab leave as it is or Reduce the Master Slider a little if needed.Untitled-6 Under the Hair tab turn up the Vibrance slider.Untitled-7 For the Picture tab, increase the Vibrance if like above your portrait looks a little dull in color.Untitled-8 Under the Background tab click Create Mask, the software will then  identify the background for you.

Click Background Image and then Select New Background.Untitled-9Chose your new Background and adjust the Auto Color as needed and the Adjust Background if needed.

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Creating Christmas Portraits with PortraitPro 17

shutterstock_743849866_ppAdding some festivity to your portraits this Christmas couldn’t be easier with PortraitPro 17’s new background editing feature. Check out the tutorial below.

Give your clients a selection of backgrounds to chose from, there will be something for everyone. Untitled-6 Once you have edited all the faces in your portrait click the Background tab and Create Mask.Untitled-7 Adjust the background mask if needed.Untitled-8 Click Background Image and New Background Image.Untitled-9Click Select Image and chose your chosen background, then click Auto Color to adjust if needed.

before and afterTo find out how super easy it is to change the background in PortraitPro download your free trial today!

 

 

A Quick Edit in PortraitPro Body – Full Length Gown

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Check out the tutorial below to find out how to subtly perfect your full length gown portraits in minutes.Untitled-3 Open your image up in PortraitPro Body and mark up the body.

Under Shape Sliders tab move the Slim, Curvy and Lift sliders slightly.Untitled-4 Under the Face tab adjust the Lighting Contrast and the Modeling Light sliders.Untitled-5The last step is to click on the Picture tab and adjust the Auto Levels and Contrast sliders to suit your image.final imageCheck out PortraitPro Body for yourself by downloading the free trial.

 

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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Building Your Photography Portfolio

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Whether you are just starting out or have been a photographer for years, continuing to work on your portfolio is important. Keeping your portfolio up to date with only your best images, shows you in the best possible light.

The first step before deciding on your images is to decide who your target audience are. Who you are aiming your portfolio at? Consider what it is your audience what to see and tailor your portfolio to them.

Show only your best work, this might seem quite straight forward but if it seems like your portfolio is quite short, it is tempting to add in more images to pad it out. Don’t as less is more, also put your best work at the beginning and end, start and finish strong.

Make sure your portfolio flows and that there is a similar style all the way through.

Don’t use images that need explaining, you need the images to be self-explanatory.

Think about what format you want your portfolio to be in, online or in book form or both. Take your time to decide exactly what you want the look to be, especially if you decide to do print. Deciding on the size you want the images to be, and how you want the book to look.

If you are just getting started as a photographer offering to do free work in order to get an image you really want for your portfolio.

Go through your portfolio at least a couple of times a year to add new things and remove older ones that aren’t as good as the new ones you are adding.

Getting a second option, before making your portfolio final, get a second option ideally to someone who would be your target audience. Get them to give you their absolute honest option.

Lastly do not forget to make sure all your images are post processed to keep them looking at their best, download a free trial of PortraitPro, PortraitPro Body, LandscapePro and Smart Photo Editor to see how our software will work for you and cut down your editing time.

Want to Specialize in Wedding Photography?

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It is wedding season once again and if you are thinking about specializing in wedding photography now is the time to start. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

When putting together your portfolio, only include weddings, yes you might have some other amazing shots but they won’t interest your prospective clients, and it reinforces the point that you specialize in weddings.

As a specialist, your prices will/can increase, to decide on your price have a look around at what other specialist wedding photographers charge and also what you think you are worth.

Going the extra mile – As a specialist you should really go that extra mile and make them feel special. Gifting the couple a free extra (such as a photo book or big canvas/print) when handing over their photos, makes their experience with you that much better. This will mean they will keep you in mind for anniversary photos and recommend you to people. Obviously this will be reflected in your pricing if you feel you an charge enough in your local area.

Creative shots  – Think/do a few creative shots that will really work and show the couples personality, the more you do the more knowledge you will get and knowing what will and won’t work. A little different from the usual wedding photos.

Marketing – This is key to growing your business, try to set aside some time every week to work on marketing.

Plan out – Plan ahead what shots you want to take, keep an eye on the weather forecast, know where you are shooting, visit before the wedding or if you can’t look online at photos and see what is around, bear in might what the couple want, they might have some clear ideas of what they want, do theirs but also some of your own.

Candid photographs – Only show the couple the good ones. Naturally happy and smiley, don’t just shot the ceremony, shot the bride getting ready, waiting at the altar, literally everything you think will give the couple that little bit extra and make it that more special when they get their photos.

Turn over time – When telling them how long until the photos are ready for them, don’t underestimate, there is nothing more annoying, give yourself plenty of time so you will be done early and they will see it as a nice surprise and feel valued.

Back Up your photos – I’m sure this goes without saying but back up your photos on the wedding day and on your finished images.

Post processing – Do not show any photos until you have edited them, this might seem like an easy one but the couple will be eagerly awaiting the images they might ask to see the unedited so they know what there is. It is best to make them wait for the perfect images.

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Becoming a Full-Time Photographer

smallBecoming a full time photographer is a big step to make, you aren’t just becoming a professional photographer but you are also running your own business, meaning your aim is to be profitable and make money.

Here are a few tips to keep your business moving:

Budgeting – This is so key, as if you don’t do this properly, your business won’t succeed. You need to know how much you have to make to meet your current living costs and set aside a little money every month to cover taxes, and also incase any of your equipment breaks and you need to replace.

Prioritizing your time – You are a lot more productive if you have even a rough schedule of what you want to have done each day.

Setting your rates – It can be hard trying to think of what you think you are worth, but it is important not to under sell yourself and you need to earn enough to live off of, also don’t calculate what to charge by assuming you will be fully booked. Base it on what you need, what you think you are worth and in comparison to other local photographers.

Setting aside time to keep your business finance side of things in order – This is the least interesting part of your business, but it is essential that it is not forgotten about. A few hours per week is better than nothing.

Keep building up your client base – you may be busy now but you still need to bring in more clients to make sure you are always busy.

Marketing/Networking – You need people to remember you, as well as bringing in new clients. Sending emails every now and then is helpful, every month or so it makes sure your past clients and people who were interested don’t just forget about you. Too many emails will annoy people and have the opposite effect.

Keep/ get an organiser – This is a great way to keep all the business side of things together in one place.

Appointments book – so you don’t double book, you might think that this is an easy one and it won’t happen to you but it’s easy to forget and write down on scraps of paper that are lying around.

Keep all your receipts for equipment you buy, as these are business expenses so will be taken off money made for the amount of tax you need to pay, try to keep them in date order, but just having them all in one place is enough. If you lose a receipt you can’t claim it.

Insurance – Make sure to insurance your equipment.

Post processing – editing your images to make them look their best is very important, but it can take an age, but with our software (PortraitPro, PortraitPro Body, LandscapePro and Smart Photo Editor) is it really cuts the time you spend editing your photographs.

Good Luck!

 

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.