Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Final Post: Daylight and Flash/Swimsuit Special

In this last post, we will see how to shoot during various times of the day, with and without a flash. The flash involved is not any heavy duty battery powered studio flash, but a simple speedlite. And yes, we are shooting swimsuits, on the lovely beaches of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Multiplying Models II

This is a follow up post to the previous Multiplying Models tutorial done over a year back. In a recent E-session, I used this technique to multiply the girl, who is a dancer around the guy, who happens to be a part time bassist in a band. Also we discuss the importance of a tripod and boom stand and toning the image.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Case Study: Pre-Production in Photography

In this digital era, with new photographers coming in and having more experience with computers than camera and lights, there is usually more attention placed on the post production segment of a shoot than the pre-production preparation for the photo shoot.While the post production part is very important, if a lot of what can be done for the shoot is realized in pre-production, the outcome of the product will not only look and feel more convincing, but will require less time spent in the digital darkroom. Inside, there is an example of a recent photoshoot of Patrick Demarchelier for Longchamp, illustrating the importance of the pre-production process, and also how to incorporate the stage of pre-production in other genres of photography.

Friday, August 26, 2011

3 Point Lighting Essentials

Three point lighting is the standard lighting technique used in video. Many of the special effects movies light their actors using this method on green screens. It’s a good idea to become comfortable with three point lighting because it has the power to transform an otherwise boring and flat image into a dynamic interesting image.Using a 3-point lighting set up will make your subject look awesome and you'll be instantly renowned as a 'pro'. The lighting styles of many pros like Dave Hill, Jill Greenberg, Joel Grimes and rest of the grunge gang is based on this simple traditional film lighting method. Also, a bit about the retouching that'll make the image 'POP'. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Photoshop Wedding Actions

The reason this blog hasn't been updated for a while is out. This is the holy grail of all wedding photographers to speed their workflow and achieve amazing industry standard editing/effects and digital workflow. The Pro Photoshop Actions "I DO" - The Wedding Collection consists of 150 vintage, vogue and workflow actions and a mix of 96 edges and textures. Available for instant download. More details here:

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Case Study: The Faded, Blurred & Textured Look

Vintage has never been out of fashion, especially in the area of Fine Art Photography. In the previous case study of the Polaroid and Film effect, all the attention was paid to the color and toning of the image. In this part we go way beyond that looking into the faded effects, blur/grain and abstract grunge texture. But most importantly, besides these technicalities, we will see what 'subject' matter makes such a 'Paolo Roversi' type of image click.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Raw Talk: Becoming a 'World Famous' Fashion Photographer

Picture this....You are getting paid to be close to super models, take their pictures and have them published in  fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Elle. You work with the most talented and creative people in the industry. Your name is renowned internationally. You hang out with the world’s most stylish people: models, fashion designers and socialites and most importantly, you have the potential to earn a six-figure income annually. Read more on how to really get there in 8 not so easy steps...

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Case Study: Shooting against White on Location

The classic look of shooting against a white wall on location popularized by legendary photographer Herb Ritts, is back in fashion. Calvin Klein has adopted this long back for their underwear campaigns. In this case study we will go through different ways to light the model outdoors, and also how to recreate this look indoors with artificial light.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Creating Smoke or Mist

A simple yet very realistic tutorial for adding smoke or mist in your images in Photoshop. Also, a real world example of this technique on the pages of Harpers Bazaar China, by photographer Benjamin Kanarek.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

'Art & Design' Actions

This section of Pro Photoshop Actions is full of really cool and artistic effects. The highlight of this section is an action called 'Photo Illustration', which is essentially an HDR Portrait, and has been seen used a lot in Sports advertisements and some Movie posters. Besides this, there is 'Extreme HDR FX' which is a highly dramatic action for landscapes, '3D Glasses'...a REAL 3D' converter,  and many more painting and sketch actions. All these actions are 'one click' actions and can be used in various fileds of advertising, wedding, kids, portrait, sports and band photography.