Catching a glimpse of what’s left of these Summer beauties.
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.
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.
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.
If 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.