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  • Category Archives Photo Shoots

    Here's a look at a shoot I did few weeks back, when I was in the final stages of wrapping up the writing for my Photoshop CS4 Down & Dirty Tricks Book. I needed a shot of a football player for one of the techniques, and so I did an in-studio shoot with a standout on the local high school team, Middle Linebacker Blake Johnson (shown above.). I wanted a real dramatic look for the lighting, so I shot Blake on a black background, and really tried to control the spill of the lights by using (1) metal Grids that snap right into the reflector on the front of the strobe, and (2) three large black flags (which are essentially just 24"x36" rectangles of black fabric that block the spread of the light). For most of the shoot, I used three lights. For the…

    This weekend I got the opportunity to shoot some back-stage portraits of celebrated jazz guitarist Barry Greene, who was playing a special engagement at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida last night with the Florida Orchestra (visit Barry's site). My assistant Brad Moore and I got there about an hour before their sound check, and we were able to shoot for about an hour backstage, out in the theater seating, and along the front of the stage (click on the photos for larger views---they look better larger). There are two very short video clips below; one during the shoot, with me out in the theater seats shooting Barry at the stage, and another of Barry riffing while I'm taking the shots. (Video clips by Brad Moore). The shot below is my favorite shot from the day. That's Barry's son Mitch (a really great kid) …

    ....none other than Adobe Photoshop Product Manger (and all around cool guy), Bryan Hughes. I got to spend some time with Bryan when I was out at Adobe's HQ last month, and he really brings a totally different point of view to the evolution of Photoshop, how we work with it, what we want, and where it's going. On a personal level, he's a very dedicated, passionate, fun, and totally brilliant guy, and it's a real honor to have him as my guest tomorrow here on the blog. I hope you'll stop by and check out his Guest Post.

    Here's another shot from my shoot with rapper "10 Minute." After we lost all light at our location shoot, we headed back into the studio to finish up. Here are the details on the shot: Although you can see two lights in the production shot above (photo by Brad Moore), only one (the one directly above his head) was actually connected (the light in the background was left from an earlier shoot that day (the one I did with the clamp-on fan). The light directly above his head is a White Lightning 1200 watt strobe with a Beauty Dish reflector and I have the diffuser that goes over the beauty dish (to somewhat soften the edgy light that comes from a beauty dish). The reason the medium gray background appears so dark is because I used a high shutter speed, so it would fall…

    At Christmas I got a very cool new electric guitar from my wife (that's not the accessory, by the way), and she wanted to make sure I got a guitar I really liked, so I went to the local music store to find one I liked, but while there, I walked by the drum department and that's when I saw a small, specially designed fan for drummers that mounts right on a cymbal stand. Well, I took a look at how it was mounted and realized that it would fit perfectly on a lightstand, which would make it an ideal fan for people shooting fashion, because you can easily control the height and angle of the wind (rather than having it sitting on the floor, where it's harder to access and aim). Anyway, the fan is called the "BLOWiT Personal Cooling System" (OK, the…

    The image above is from a promo shoot I did last week for rapper "10 Minute" and I wanted to apply a "Dave Hill" like look to the images, but I cheated---I used a plug-in. (click on it for a much larger view). Now, let me say this up front: From the research I've done, I don't believe photographer Dave Hill actually uses a Photoshop plug-in; I believe he creates his look without a plug, using a series of layer blend modes, High Pass Sharpening, Skin Smoothing, and Dodging and Burning (and I am working on that whole Photoshop-only workflow as we speak, and will do a post on it when I'm finished), but since I needed to get this job done fast; I used the Lucis Art Pro 6.0 plug-in, and I feel like it got me pretty close to the look (a…

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