Like to be able to open an object in Camera Raw after having opened it in Photoshop CS6?

Using Photoshop CS6, and I’ll wager CS5 and earlier versions as well, it is possible to easily open an image in Camera Raw, after having opened the image in Photoshop.

Well, it’s easy if you know how.

Why would you care to do something like this with your photographs?

What if you like to use some of the excellent Camera Raw 7.0 features like changing exposure, or whites or highlights, or clarity on different layers of your photo?

Clarity for example, acts like kind of like a sharpening or HDR feature.  It is good for some parts of an image, over kill for other parts.

So if you wish to use different degrees of adjustments on different layers, how can you do this easily?

It will be nice to be able to open camara raw directly from within Photoshop CS6 of an image you are editing to try new adjustments and to create new adjustment layers, yes?

Here is how you do it easily.

First, you open the image  Continue reading Like to be able to open an object in Camera Raw after having opened it in Photoshop CS6?

How do we deal with printing displaying and storing all our digital photographs?

Here is the thing… we can now take so many images, it is impossible to have enough wall space to mount them all, or photo albums to store them all.

Many digital images now end up on Facebook, or on professional and ametuer photo hosting sites…

My portfolio for instance is housed on a professional service and can be viewed by clicking here.

There is much of my portfolio hidden in private galleries.  These personal and professional hosting sites can also act as a backup for ones images.  The engine for this site is currently driven by SmugMug.

Full hard drives full of images are only so much fun.

In my case, I have countless photos sitting in folders somewhere in the depths of my hard drives…

Digital photography is great.  Let’s neither be too crazy and print everything, nor too lazy to follow through with printing any of our images.

Let’s put some images on the web, and save the very best and those dearest to us to create large wall sized prints on Giclee Canvas or smaller album sized prints and fun desk sized prints.

I can tell you Continue reading How do we deal with printing displaying and storing all our digital photographs?

Professional Web Presence and Driving Customers to your Site … A & Q

Some answers and some questions ( A & Q ) about pro photography web presence and driving useful traffic, i.e. traffic converting to paying client types.

The answers are about my current solution sets and opinions …

The questions are to y’all for your solutions and your opinions.

Recently, I learned a bit about improving the appearance of my pro photography website Yucelphoto.com, the engine for this site is currently driven by SmugMug.

When you check it out do share your thoughts by commenting here and also let us know how you all have handled the issue of your web presences?

All the site customization was done by

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9 Tips, How does one find and shoot nude models?

A lot of photographers are interested to know how they too can shoot nude women … I know I was.

At first, finding nude models to photograph may seem a bit daunting…

So, how can it be done?

1> Be a good photographer.

Obvious, right?

If you are not yet a good photographer, improve your skills of photography and in shooting by practicing with clothed people.

Know your gear.

Have confidence of knowing Continue reading 9 Tips, How does one find and shoot nude models?

12 Glamour Photo Lighting Demonstration Video Tutorials

Starts with Beauty Dish, adds reflectors and hair lights and shows effects of adding each.

 

Two Light High Key Demo for Blonde Glamour Model, Main Light is Large 74″ Elinchrom Octabox with a second light to light a seamless white background. 8 Second intro.

 

Glamour Shoot of Blonde Model using only a Ring Flash by DynaLite, shot against Red Seamless Paper. 9 Second Intro.
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Catchlights What’s your favorite set up? Octoboxes, Grids, Ring Lights, Umbrellas, Soft Boxes, Beauty Lights, Florescent Tubes?

86 inch reflective paul c buff umbrella
86 inch Buff Reflective Umbrella with Diffuser

 

In my initial quest for the softest light quality, I went first via the route of seeking and trying ever larger light diffusion systems which I could reasonably find …

Having tried several light modifiers, the quest for larger and softer culminated for me with what Paul C. Buff calls their PLM™ Parabolic Light Modification System.

This PLM is an 86 inch opaque umbrella with a white diffuser attachment.

The quality of the light is superb and very soft as you can see in the photo on the left.   Love to know how you are feeling about it?

My message here is this, I was looking first for ever softer light quality.

Since we are looking at catch lights, we may need to blow the photos here up a little.

Therefore, I have provided several photo size options available for you to choose depending on your interests and connection speeds.

Let me explain … Continue reading Catchlights What’s your favorite set up? Octoboxes, Grids, Ring Lights, Umbrellas, Soft Boxes, Beauty Lights, Florescent Tubes?

Compositional Elements in Photography – 12 Video Demos – Depth of Field, Rule of Thirds, Golden Mean aka Phi, Golden Ratio, Fibonacci Spirals, 1:1.618, etc.

Woodward shares photo compositional theories using photo examples inlcuding:  Variations of “Rule of Thirds,” Frames within Frames, Pose Directions, Diagonals, Swishes, S Curves, Vanishing Points, etc. Sound volume is a bit low, otherwise phenomenal Video Demo on these topics.

 

“Rule of Thirds” no audio in this video. Kind of like a PowerPoint style. The notations help understand more clearly photographic compositions merging the use of rule of thirds, negative space and direction of pose. Short video.

 

Imre on Fibonacci Spirals, Rule of Thirds, Diagonals and Triangles. Mid part of video is where the compositional meat lies. Seems to use, without saying so directly, Fibonacci Spiral as a tool for seeing what is interesting in a photo, not necessarily cropping to it. Rule of Thirds and Fibonacci Spirals are shown on same photo examples.
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Stopped Up or Down? Depth of Field, Sensor Size, Aperture, Sharpness and Publication size, how do these interact in Photographs?

What are some real life practical examples of how lens aperture affects Depth of Field (DOF) and various forms of apparent sharpness?

Changing apertures, sensors sizes or lens focal lengths have real world implications for several forms of distortion effects related to perceived visual sharpness.

For many years of shooting, I had just stopped down to increase DOF or opened up to increase Bokeh while throwing my backgrounds out of focus. These, it turns out, are not without significant repercussions.

Nikon F2.8 105mm Macro Demonstrating DOF, Chromatic Aberration, Diffusion, As shot through its aperture range.
Nikon 105mm F2.8 Macro Lens, Enlargement details of In Focus Area. Demonstrates Softness & Chromatic Aberration at large apertures & shallow DOF transitioning to softening of diffusion distortion at narrow apertures & larger DOFs. Note excellent sharpness & contrast @ F8.

As the technical aspects and math are covered in brain numbing detail elsewhere, let’s keep it simple and see what the factors are and how we can use them for our photography. Continue reading Stopped Up or Down? Depth of Field, Sensor Size, Aperture, Sharpness and Publication size, how do these interact in Photographs?

Rear Curtain Flash Sync and Slow Shutter Speed To Catch Ambient Light Ambiance

AZ State Fair, 1/10s, F8, 22mm Nikon D90
Very Slow Shutter Speed Used with Rear Curtain Flash Sync. Note the pleasant overall rendering. Subject frozen and sharp. Background ambiance retained tastefully. AZ State Fair, 1/10s, F8, 22mm, Nikon D90, Nikon SB600 Flash set to TTL. View FULL size, CLICK image.

More light may be captured in cameras as a function of primarily four things:   larger apertures, more sensitive recording medias, slower shutter speeds and more available lights.

It was surprisingly elucidating to observe Phoenix, Arizona area wedding photographer Kenneth Robert’s methods for capturing and maintaining ambiance and moods inherent with existing light night and indoor settings.

Kenneth’s techniques utilized a rear curtain flash sync mode in combination with ultra slow shutter speeds. Continue reading Rear Curtain Flash Sync and Slow Shutter Speed To Catch Ambient Light Ambiance

What draws attention in a glamour photograph?

Bodypaint Glamour Pinup Art Nude Phoenix
Effective use of Gaze Grabbing elements in Bodypaint Pinup Glamour Art Nude, Nikon D90, Tokina Zoom at 11mm

What draws eyes and grabs attention in photos? If you guessed eyes and faces, you are correct. However, this is a generalized starting point.

Composition is important. For example, much is written about the “Rule of Thirds” in visual composition. Continue reading What draws attention in a glamour photograph?

John Foley Editorial Photography Shoot

Breakfast at Tiffany's, San Carlos Hotel, Arizona
Breakfast at Brenda's

A great deal of what I have learned about glamour photography has been from the words, photographs and observation of other photographers.   As so much may be learned while quietly watching someone else work, I was fortunate, this past weekend, to have the honor and privilege of observing fellow Phoenix photographer John Foley as he was shooting one of his amazing editorial projects.

It quickly became evident well ahead of the evening’s planned shoot, that John’s vision, attention to details and preparations were quite exact as to where, how, with what props, and what final pictures were intended to be captured.

A Canon shooter, John used a Canon 50D SLR with a Canon 28mm F2.8 lens for this night shoot.

John is fond of using and used for this night shoot a series of incandescent hot lights.  Each light is kept on an individual dimmer in order to adjust and control the quality of his lighting precisely.   These lights are often used at far less than full power and have various metal reflector dishes, from about 6 inch cones to something like a 10 inch curved dish.

The location was outdoors.  We were in and around an old run down wooden building full of character.  It had holes in both roof and sidings through which holes John shined some of his lights to achieve just the right textured results he had in mind.  Continue reading John Foley Editorial Photography Shoot