In Case You Missed It: Retouching Essentials for Wedding Photographers
Join Kristi Sherk to learn the essentials of retouching wedding photos. This class is for any photographer shooting weddings and wanting to learn practical retouching skills from real world examples. From the basic to the advanced, Kristi shares tips and techniques focused on the unique situations wedding photographer’s face.
From evening out skin tones under dappled light to removing tan lines, or swapping faces in group photos to dealing with motion blur, by the end of the class you’ll have increased confidence in the types of jobs you can handle on your own, saving you time and money.
When we move in close, the camera reveals intricate details, fascinating patterns, and intense colors unseeable with the naked eye. Very small subjects often lead to very big pictures. Even the most ordinary subjects can be completely transformed through magnification.
Macro photography is incredibly fun, and it can be done nearly anywhere—rain or shine, day or night. And with the current stay-at-home situation, macro photography is the perfect pursuit to keep a photographer creative and inspired—whether in the basement, the kitchen, or the garage.
It’s something like a treasure hunt to discover subjects around the house, but it’s worth the search. One of my favorite places to look for subjects is in kitchen drawers. The kitchen is filled with interesting shapes and textures that offer great potential for experimentation.
With just a few Speedlights and a macro lens, a wire colander can be transformed using color and selective depth of field into something that is nearly unrecognizable as a kitchen tool.
A small metal whisk photographed from above can resemble a flower by carefully selecting an interesting background and the appropriate f-stop to reveal the creamy bokeh of the optic.
A simple cocktail strainer becomes an exercise in lighting, color, composition, reflection, and depth when placed on a glass surface.
If the garden is where you prefer to find subjects, a simple mushroom growing in the grass makes for a whole day of macro experimentation. A day after pulling it out of the ground, it might become even more interesting as it loses its moisture and begins to contract. With the careful addition of some very controlled light, the radial shape and texture is quietly revealed.
Not far from the mushroom was a tiny dandelion. Some might consider this a weed to be pulled, but if protected from the breeze and brought indoors, this lowly lawn nuisance can challenge your composition and lighting skills for hours. The resulting photograph will make it impossible for you to see dandelions the same way again.
If flowers are your thing, they’re everywhere right now and they give you plenty of angles and textures to explore. With a a couple of Speedlight modifiers, the light can be positioned to direct the viewer’s eye exactly where you want them to look.
Butterflies have some of the most interesting patterns and textures, and a single specimen provides enough variation for at least a dozen completely different images. If you change magnifications, you will see even more possibilities from the very same butterfly.
Have you heard of focus stacking? Focus stacking is a process of capturing a series of images all focused on a different part of the subject and then merging them together to create a single image that is precisely sharp—anywhere you want precise focus. If focus stacking is something you’ve been meaning to try, few things are more interesting to photograph than butterfly wing detail.
Focus stacking is very different from the concept of depth of field because, rather than a single point of precise focus combined with the perceived focus you obtain with depth of field, focus stacking delivers actual focus throughout the image. Even the smallest f-stop on any lens would not deliver anywhere near the depth of focus obtainable with focus stacking. At five-times live size, every undulation of a dragonfly wing is revealed through the use of focus stacking.
If you’re up for something really unique, grab a piece of glass, some Rain-X, some distilled water, and an interesting subject to create a few water droplet images. It’s likely that you already have plenty of subjects around the house to use. I found these cupcake holders in a cupboard, flattened them, and then arranged them into an interesting pattern.
Want something a bit more challenging? You can make some pretty interesting images by introducing movement into your water droplet images. This gel-covered LED panel is rotating beneath the water droplets which creates the pattern within each droplet.
Finally, if you enjoy fine coffee, you’ll easily recognize this metal strainer as part of a French press. It’s a simple subject, but with a few lights and some selective focus, it turned otherworldly. Try it. But by all means, brew the coffee first so that you’ll have something to sip while you make your macro photographs.
Joey Terrill began his career as a photographer for the Los Angeles Times before moving to magazine and advertising photography for clients that include American Express, Coca-Cola, Disney, Golf Digest, Major League Baseball, Nikon, Red Bull and Sports Illustrated.
“Every project I work on gives me the opportunity to meet amazing people, learn something new, and create a souvenir of the experience in the process. My camera is the window through which I experience life and I’ve been fortunate to enjoy countless memories through photography.”
Joey teaches workshops and speaks at seminars including the Summit Series Workshops, PhotoPlus Expo, WPPI, Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, UPAA Symposium, Consumer Electronics Show, World in Focus, NECCC, and Nikon School.
#TravelTuesday is here again! Is it just me or does it seem to be coming around quicker during lockdown, teasing me in that I can’t actually go anywhere! It’s me, Dave Williams, and I’m here today and every Tuesday. Let’s start with just a little thing:
Is the lockdown lending itself to generating stronger creativity amongst us? It could be—just take a look around at all the creatives you follow on social media to see exactly what they’re up to. I’ll pick out a perfect example of someone who’s diverting their creativity from photography towards other things: KelbyOne-instructing, guitar-shredding, drum-smashing, pixel-tweaking legend, Mark Heaps has been getting involved in a socially-distant music festival. There are ways for us to keep occupied, so take some inspiration from those around you and keep safe!
So, here’s the point of today’s post:
Not only are we struggling, but our favourite companies are struggling. We can show our support for them, and perhaps this can lead to bigger things for us. Here’s what I mean:
One way to monetise your photography is through paid or sponsored reviews. These things come in many forms in our digital age, ranging from magazines, both online and offline, through blog posts, Instagram posts, YouTube videos, there are many ways to showcase products that we can get involved in. There is potential to be paid for doing this, but it starts off somewhere smaller where we get recognition, and this is what I’d urge you all to try.
Whatever products or services you use in your photography or creativity, show thanks to the people who made them and show off what you can do with them. If you use KelbyOne to learn photography, show KelbyOne what you’ve learned by sharing the results and tagging them, telling your friends, and even telling KelbyOne themselves. Use this same technique for any company whose product or services you use by simply switching out the word “KelbyOne” in these instructions. For example, if you use Platypod, show them and tell them what you achieve with it. Likewise for Tamron, ProFoto, or whoever else.
There are a lot of people out there in our industry who say you shouldn’t do anything for free, and I understand where this comes from—we should be making money and if we give our service away, we make no money. The caveat here is that we have to start somewhere, and even when we get to that “somewhere” we still need to encourage people to continue to book us. This little giveaway of some words and photos can lead to the bigger things, or to the same thing in exchange for cold, hard cash the next time you do it.
If you’re struggling for things to do with your creativity whilst you’re stuck in the house, grab a photo from the archive and write about what you used to make it or how you learned to make it and go tell that company the story!
Whoo hoo! It’s here — tomorrow we kick off two full-days of live online Lightroom learning featuring two simultaneous training tracks, taught by the very best instructors in the business.
Hundreds and hundreds of photographers around the world have already signed up to be a part of this ground-breaking online event, and if you want to join in, it’s not too late. Head over to lightroomconference.com right now and grab your ticket (don’t wait until tomorrow and wind up paying full price — get your ticket at a big discount today).
If somehow you’re just hearing about this, check out the video below:
We’re bringing the Lightroom superstars together to make this the Lightroom training event of the year, and we’d love for you join us for this remarkable training experience.
…and it all starts tomorrow:
May 5-6, 2020 11:00 AM – 5:45 PM (EDT)
This live-streamed event is open to everyone, and you can register today at lightroomconference.com – Thanks to everybody who has helped us spread for the word, and if you have a photographer friend who you know this would be perfect for, we’d love it if you’d share this post with them.
We’re super psyched, and hope you are, too. In the meantime, stay healthy, keep washing those hands, get a good night’s sleep and I hope to see you online with us tomorrow at the conference. :)
It was Flash Q&A day this week on “The Grid” (my weekly photography talk show), and not only did I cover my Top 10 most-asked questions about Flash, but we answered a ton of questions from our viewers as well. Check it out:
Hope you found that helpful (using flash is awesome, right?)
First, I would like to thank Scott and Brad for having me on as their guest this week.
I am a sports photographer covering the Boston market for USA Today Sports, and also a portrait photographer and graphic designer.
I started my sports shooting journey with USA Today Sports back in June 2011, shortly after the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup. My second assignment had me covering a Red Sox game against the A’s and little did I know, the Stanley Cup Champs would be at Fenway as well – with the Stanley Cup. Prior to covering sports for USA Today Sports, I was shooting for a small wire service where I was able to gain experience and knowledge.
Rewind to 2008 when I purchased my first digital camera, a Nikon D80. I had no idea how to use it, I knew nothing about the lenses that came with it. All I knew is I wanted to make great photos.
Having been a NAPP member for years, following Scott, and reading his blog daily, I knew he was into photography and had written some great books. I ended up buying his Digital Photography Book series, which was the foundation that enabled me to become the photographer I am today.
Slowly, I began learning more about exposure, composition, shutter speed and aperture, but really had no idea what area of photography I wanted to excel in. I was taking pictures of everything from plants, to landscapes and cars, to portraits of my kids in hopes of making some good photos.
At this time my oldest son was playing little league baseball. What a perfect opportunity to do some sports photography. For the next 3 years I photographed every one of his little league games. I upgraded some of my gear, buying a 70-200mm, a D300 and a 300mm that came with a 1.4x teleconverter and I started covering high school sports for MaxPreps. I was gaining more and more experience, getting into a comfort zone, and meeting other shooters along the way who graciously offered tips and advice.
I met a local photographer who also covered games for MaxPreps. We shared stories on our experiences covering games at the high school level and he was kind enough to look at some of my work and offer advice on composition, among other things. Having looked at his website, I noticed he had some game action photos of the New England Patriots and I asked him how he got access. He said he freelanced for a small wire service. He was kind enough to give me contact info, and I sent out an email stating my interest in working with them. Within a week I was covering AHL and college hockey.
After covering numerous games at the college and minor league level, I wanted more. I felt ready enough to step up my game and start covering the major sports teams here in Boston.
I sent emails to AP, Getty Images, US Presswire (which is now USA Today Sports) in the spring of 2011 voicing my interest in being a contributor. After several weeks, US Presswire had responded to my inquiry and explained their process for hiring new photographers.