Saturday, March 22, 2014

Finally getting to know Photoshop

Photographers tool numero uno, Photoshop, and I have never been good friends.

I've played with it, I understand Layers and I understand Filters and the tools. But I have never been able to put it together and use it for something useful.

So I decided to spend 30 minutes on Photoshop every day, until I find that I'm good enough to do what I need to do.

Scott Kelby's book 'Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers' is by my side, but I have yet to open it. First I want to get the hang of actually navigating the interface.

Just finished my first self-paced 30 minute project and feel that I'm finally getting the hang of it, so I've decided to show my first 'before' and 'after'. Nothing fancy, just a pretty girl from a shoot I attended last weekend.

BEFORE
 
AFTER
What did to the image was the following:
  1. Removed blemishes
  2. Fixed the background
  3. Smoothed the skin
  4. Created catchlight in left eye
  5. Did a tiny bit of body scaping
  6. Did a bit of PS makeup to enhance the facial features
 Anyway, hope you like it! And wish me luck in my Photoshop endeavors :) 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Having a little fun with Low Key

Went to a meetup with a bunch of cool photographers, the other day. Had some fun taking Low Key portraits. Now backlogged, processing them as always :) Anyway, here's a few samples!