Virtual Blog Tour

I have recently been approached by a blogger friend to participate in the Virtual Blog Tour which occurs every Monday. It is one way of connecting bloggers all around the world. By answering a similar set of questions, we are given the opportunity to get a glimpse of the life and work of other bloggers. It is a fun way of getting to know each other. The Virtual tour made a stop at Melinda’s blog last week, you can read her post here.

Today is my turn to answer those same set of questions, so please read on…

1. What am I working on?

The truth is I have so many things going on right now. I am in the process of putting together a concept for a personal project that I want to do this Summer. It is a little ambitious so it is taking a little bit of time to gather the things I will need to execute it. You’ll just have to stay tuned. I will most likely blog about it when everything is set and I’m ready to shoot.

I also am currently taking a Commercial photography program at a local college although I am currently on Summer break. This is actually a good thing because I also have 3 weddings to worry about this month. I am working as a second shooter for a local wedding photographer.

Aside from all these, I am also in the process of putting together a business plan so I can finally start devoting more time into cultivating my photography career. The idea is to eventually leave my day job to concentrate mainly on photography (I am doing this on a part-time basis right now.)

Zoe in a prayer

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I don’t know that my work is that different from many photographers/photo bloggers out there right now. I know the genre that I want to focus on, and I am working hard to fine tune my craft and establish my very own niche. I know that I am drawn to a certain way of processing my images, I like the look and feel of film, so most of my images are being processed to mimic film.

pink roses

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

I have always loved photography. I love creating art, and photography allows me to preserve the beauty of things (and people) that I see. It also serves as therapy to me. My work is very stressful and photography is my very own happy place.

4. How does your writing/creating process work?

Because I work full-time during the day, I usually shoot during weekends. Most of my post processing work is done at night though. Unless it is hockey season, I usually am behind my Mac processing and re-processing files. I could spend all night experimenting on different processing techniques. I feel that I am at my best when I am left alone. I have my own space at home, so I can simply close the door, turn the lights off and spend hours and hours playing with Photoshop.

Next Monday, the tour will stop at Sally’s over at Lens and Pens by Sally. Sally is one of the many bloggers that I have discovered when I was just new to blogging. She is an educator, a photographer and an amazing writer. Her blog is a concoction of visual and intellectual feast that will motivate you to keep coming back.

No Harm In Perfecting Your Craft

Practice makes perfect they say, so every down time that I have is a chance to practice photoshop. I still have a long way to go, but this business of getting better at skin retouching is something that I want drilled in my subconscious. Portraiture is the genre that I plan on focusing on and I realize that not only do I need to be great behind the lens, but I also need to be much better behind the computer.

BettyI have been working hard on mastering the frequency separation technique to retouch skin blemishes. I want this to become second nature that I can do it with my eyes closed (ok, not really, but you get the point ;P)

For those of you who are curious, the image below is what I started with. It was a little bit underexposed so that was fixed using curves in photoshop as well.

original

 

Reprocessing My Process – If That Even Makes Sense

If I am not busy shooting, I am constantly perusing portfolios and blogs of photographers that I admire. I have noticed that I am drawn to images that are processed a certain way and I find myself incorporating these effects in my own post processing. My portraits are usually processed and printed on matte paper. There is just something special about this effect, it gives me the feeling of nostalgia.

Leanne

This is a portrait which I took not too long ago. You will have to forgive me if you’ve seen it before. I went back to it last night to see if I can process it differently. I know the look that I want to achieve so it was simply a matter of putting the effort and time to achieve it.  The image below is what I started with (slightly processed). I desaturated the colors and added a layer of light pink to produce the softness that you see. Overall, I think the resulting image is so much better than my original version. Don’t you agree?

original edit

Original Edit