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Just for fun – Jon and Nerissa

Well, it has been a little while since I made my last post since it was final crunch time in school. However, now that I have a little bit more time, I finally got to finish editing the pictures of Jon and Nerissa. This was a nighttime shoot in downtown Milwaukee that I did for them. It was pretty cold that night and Jon and Nerissa were very patient and troopers through it all. My flash was misfiring like crazy and my roommate Alan acted as my mobile umbrella/flash holder; his arms were getting tired towards the end of the shoot, but he stuck with it! Anyways, here are some of the images. Please click on the smaller image to see larger files with better resolution. As always, feel free to leave a comment and thanks for looking!

The color pictures –

And the black and white images –

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Editing Technique and Self-Portraits

So here’s the scoop – I really do not enjoy having my picture taken; but, last night I was tired of studying for finals and figured I would give self-portraiture another chance. Needless to say I did not do anything extraordinary, but I was more or less practicing my lighting techniques and my editing technique. It is crazy how changing the position of the light (an off camera strobe and shoot-through umbrella, in this case) can totally change the way a subject’s skin looks; notice the redness with the shadows in the second image.

As far as editing technique goes, I wrote a little Photoshop action that was supposed to emulate some sort of a vintage/blue overlay look. It is the type of processing I see a lot on the Canon forums (the link is to a particular thread regarding prime lens portraits – take a look through it if you have time, it is a wonderful thread). Anyways, here is what I came up with. As usual, a larger image may be viewed by clicking on the images below. Thanks for looking!

If you would like me to send you the action, just e-mail me at macak1204@gmail.com and I will be glad to send it. Note: it is not guaranteed to work with all lighting/exposure set-ups; adjustments will need to be made accordingly. Also, this action was written with Photoshop CS5, so I am not sure how that carries over into different versions.

Both shots were with a Pentax F50mm @f2.8

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