Have you ever had a project that just didn’t go as planned? They are usually the projects you are most excited about. You get everything together, models scheduled, props purchased and when you arrive you find you have miscalculated everything and all you have to work with is a pile of squat. This shoot right here was a big fat honking goose egg. When you are first planning conceptual … Continue reading Behind the Scenes: What did I do when my shoot didn’t go as planned? I decided to reach for the stars…
Location. Location. Location. Locations play a huge role in conceptual portraiture. The setting for the concept is integral to the story. I’ve had quite a few story images that, had I not had the perfect location, the story would have fallen flat on its face. Any photographer who has tried scouting locations will tell you, scouting takes a LOT of time. Taking that time may not be … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! Into the woods we go!
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I have a few seats left for the workshop in June! Reserve your spot today! This workshop will not be Photoshop intensive. Instead, this will be geared toward learning the creative process, workflow, and touch on the business side of conceptual portraiture. If you are interested in delving deep into the PS world I… Continue reading Conceptual Portraiture Workshop in June! Registration is open!
This is one of my most used techniques in compositing. My style usually involves some form of glitter or glow in every image. I love the magic feel it gives the story-line, so today I want to do a very quick tutorial on how you can create a glowing or lighting effect in Photoshop! This effect can be used for … Continue reading How to turn on a car’s headlights… in Photoshop!
This is one of the best, easiest, most concise video’s on composition I’ve seen to date. It was just too good not to share forward. This video was originally created and published by The Cooperative of Photography. By the way: If you have not started following their online photography community site I cannot recommend it any more … Continue reading 9 Composition Tips with Award-Winning Photographer Steve McCurry
Have you ever noticed, when editing images, once you apply effect after effect, add some layers, maybe apply a lens flare, a few textures, a gradient map, a few photo filters, apply some overlays… Shew! All this effect stacking will “build up”, causing a haze over your image. Layering a lot of effects can flatten out your image’s black/white points making everything look really dull. Sometimes … Continue reading Do your images look flat and hazy from editing? This Photoshop trick will give them back their POP! (by Julie Belton Photography)
One of my favorite themes in conceptual portraiture is fairytale. I have a soft spot in my heart for children’s storybook themes. I have found myself collecting a lot of stock with those themes in mind. I seem to come up with little girls themes easier than the boys so whenever I find something for a boy, I … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! This stock is sure to be a treasure! ARG!
Did you know the most respectful act you can perform toward your clients is to draw up a contract agreement? There isn’t any higher compliment. By putting a contract into place you are essentially saying to your client, “I care so much about your business and your happiness with my service that I want to make sure nothing … Continue reading Contract Agreements: A show of respect and unwavering dedication to your craft…
As a newbie artist just learning to navigate the world of Photoshop there will come a time when you realize two indisputable facts. 1. Photoshop files can get HUGE and 2. They are huge because they contain a mind-boggling amount of layers. Juggling layers can make workflow really difficult. Photoshop has found a way to help with that, however. I love that this software program … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Locate a problem in a sea of layers with one click…
I have a few seats left for the workshop in June! Reserve your spot today! This workshop will not be Photoshop intensive. Instead, this will be geared toward learning the creative process, workflow, and touch on the business side of conceptual portraiture. If you are interested in delving deep into the PS world I will be announcing a … Continue reading Conceptual Portraiture Workshop in June! Registration is open!