Behind Closed Doors

It has been way too long, really. Blogging has taken a little bit of a backseat these days. There is just too much going on and I am having a hard time keeping up. Summer has been busy, between weddings and the day job, life has gotten a lot more complicated.

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The Fall semester just started as well, so it is going to even be crazier now, but hopefully I can find a way to juggle all these things. I just stopped by to see how y’all are doing. I miss the interaction and the friendship. But for now, I must go, this girl is traveling next week. My clothes won’t pack themselves, sadly. I wish you all a beautiful week ahead.

 

Photography: Portraits and Textures, an Amazing Combination

Whew! It has been crazy busy around here. So much to do, so little time. I cannot remember the last time I’ve been this busy. I am dying to go away for some needed R&R, but it doesn’t look like it’ll happen anytime soon.

Anyhow, I wanted to post a couple more of the images from a recent shoot. I have been playing around with textures again, and rediscovering the joy of using them to enhance my images.

girl_black_and_white_glamourIf you haven’t tried textures yet, you might be missing out ;) They are wonderful! Textures provide a whole new feel to images. I just love them! The textures I used on these images were from Kim Klassen’s collection. Check her out here, she offers classes and frequently sends out texture freebies if you subscribe to her newsletter.

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I do apologize for slow/lack of responses these days. I am trying to catch up with my work slowly, so hopefully I can get back to enjoying everyone’s posts very soon. In the meantime, I hope you are all having an amazing summer!

 

Portraits: Less Glitz, More Glamour

I am going to be a bit busy again for maybe a couple of weeks. I have hundreds of photographs to go through before July rolls around, but I wanted to give you a sneak peek of the personal project that I am currently working on. I am looking into updating my current portrait portfolio so I have been trying to execute some of the ideas that are floating in my head.

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I really enjoy shooting portraits, it is something that I want to continue focusing on. I have struggled for a while, but I’d like to think I am starting to really get the hang of it. These images were shot yesterday. I am learning to balance my lighting (window + flash). I love working with natural light, but sometimes it is just not available.

I have incorporated 2 sets of textures on the first image, and a single texture on the second image. I wanted to experiment and to create something different.  I wasn’t sure how they’d turn out, but I kinda like how they look like canvas.

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Initial adjustments were done in Lightroom 5. The skin retouching was done in Photoshop. I gotta tell you, this frequency separation technique is just pure magic! If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly suggest that you give it a go. Now.

 

 

Photography: I Will Never Stop Learning

One of the few things that I enjoy doing aside from actually shooting is re-processing images I took awhile back. It is not only therapeutic but it somehow allows me to see how much I have grown over the years.

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A few of the lessons I’ve learned on and offline:

      • When you can, shoot in raw, you want to give yourself enough data to work with.
      • Learn to read the Histogram, extremely helpful for proper exposure.
      • Learn the colour wheel, invaluable when doing colour correction in post.
      • In Photoshop, use Curves to make the adjustments to exposure and contrast, better control this way.
      • In Photoshop, moderation is the key.

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We all want to improve, but I believe that we deserve to recognize what we have accomplished over the years, however big or small that is. Looking back and identifying what I have learned so far gives me a boost and reinforces the fact that all those times spent reading photo blogs and practicing my skills have not been wasted.