Walkthrough: Black Dog, Black Background

Some of our members are creating beautiful images of dogs on black backgrounds and so I thought I’d post up some of the techniques we use here to make the process both effective and efficient. It’s about half an hour long and takes us through the process from the original rough image through to the finished PSD and covers: Prepping the file and the importance of the blacks The lighting patterns used The Photoshop techniques to clean it up including …

Video: Photographing Children With Their Favourite Props

The Mastering Portrait Photography team asked four-year-old Benji to bring some things to the studio to be photographed with. He chose some toy cars, a camera and… our studio dog. First though, Paul shows us one of the most common lighting set-ups he sees – flat lighting. This happens when the light hitting the subject is equally powerful from both sides, such as when you have two equidistant studio lights at the same power settings. Paul explains why he hates how …

Creating Stunning Portraits With Rotolight AEOS and NEO2

The good folk at Rotolight lent us two pieces of kit for this demo: the Rotolight AEOS and the NEO 2. These lights were originally designed for video work, but Rotolight have added a strobe feature that means they can be used like studio flash lights or location strobes (off-camera flash). They are extremely lightweight, very portable and their battery goes on as long as you can. We had a lot of fun putting them through their paces! The ideas …

Walkthrough: Retouching A Black And White Portrait Of An Elderly Man

There is nothing quite like a beautiful black and white portrait. In this video, we walk through how to use Photoshop and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 to add that magic to a portrait of Bob, a senior citizen, who came into the studio. The walkthrough mentions the following: Using ‘Content Aware’ fill as a more effective way of retouching skin and removing hairs Using the Camera Raw filter to remove dust spots Using a lasso and an Exposure adjustment …

Photoshop Shorts: 3 Simple Ways To Enhance Eyes In Photoshop

In this video, I step through 3 ways of enhancing eyes in Photoshop. These are simple things you can do that bring out the magic of someone’s eyes without it being a huge amount of work (at the end of the day, I’m a portrait photographer not a retoucher so I need techniques that are quick, efficient and get me 90% of the way there!) Enjoy!

Realistic Eye Reshaping Using Masks, Smart Objects And Liquify

This walkthrough steps through a method for realistic eye re-shaping. The walkthrough is in response to Rachel’s question posted on the Forums and is to reshape the eye of someone who had a stroke a couple of years ago so it has it has to be sympathetic and realistic. This is probably for intermediate Photoshop users and includes techniques in the following: Layers and Masks Smart Objects (Smart Layers) Liquify Content-Aware Fill

Video: Studio-Style Portraits of Bob with one Flash Gun

No studio? No problem. It’s cheaper than ever to get flash guns that you can use on- or off-camera. In fact, some enterprising brands are now offering complete sets of flash guns with transmitters and receivers for under £200. With a little bit of thought and one or two light modifiers (including a simple white-painted wall), you can recreate studio-style portraits in any location. In this video, my friend, neighbour and very patient portrait sitter Bob steps into the studio. …

Dealing With Reluctant Subjects

Pauline walked into my studio and declared, “I don’t know why I’m here”. This is how I responded, and how it led to me creating one of my best-known images. I create images for our local espresso bar, Little Italy, who use them in their advertising. In lieu of payment, they display my portraits in their customer seating area. This is mutually beneficial, as they get free photography, and their customers get regular exposure to my work. Relationships like these …