Monday, March 26, 2012

Timing is everything.









A few days ago it was unseasonably warm and sunny out. The pretty trees have bloomed in Central Park. Today it's back to cold and windy out there. Take advantage of things when you can.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Paris, part deux.


I told her to stand still and keep looking up...she wanted to know why I was taking a picture up her nose in front of the Eiffel Tower...




Arc de Triomphe...we were lucky enough to climb up to the top just as the sun was setting on a clear night...the views and the colors were amazing.










Au revoir!

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Power of Suggestion, or Winter in Paris

Seine

There is this thing that happens between my wife and I regarding traveling. Out of the blue, she will say something like "How do you feel about taking a trip to Paris in a few months?" And I will reply something like "Paris? We just got back from Ireland a few months ago!" A few days will go by, my subconscious busily mulling over the prospect of another trip to Europe, while my conscious mind is thinking about getting older and having only one life, and the prospect of never seeing a place before I die. Yes, I am only 31. Yes, I am overly dramatic. These are both facts. At the same time, the rational part of my mind is telling me to pay off my credit card bills...

On the Seine

Usually a few more days of silent thinking will go by, and I have already come to the conclusion that we are going to Paris...in fact, I can't wait to go! What a great idea...I can't believe I hadn't thought of it! What are we waiting for? We are young and healthy and I will always make more money, but I won't always have the freedom to pick up and go for a week. So one night I ask her "How much are flights to Paris?" She looks at me with a mischievous smile and says "Really? Are we seriously doing this?" To which I eloquently reply "Fuck it, let's go!"

Notre Dame
The view from the top of the Notre Dame Cathedral is amazing and a must-see!

Notre Dame
Creepy gargoyles are so cool.

Notre Dame
Inside Notre Dame

Pere-Lachaise
Pere-Lachaise Cemetery

When the music's over...
"Cancel my subscription to the resurrection,
send my credentials to the house of detention."


Eiffel Tower
We will see you again soon.


More to come...

Sunday, March 11, 2012

What a character!

After a long break, she is getting back in to acting and needed some fresh shots...this is what we came up with.


Headshot with character.






Shoot wide open and get some leaves right in front of your lens for the cool green blobs of color in the right corner.



Shot it all with the trusty Canon 85 mm f/1.8 lens. Best bang for your buck...I've had this lens for almost 5 years and I still love it!

Model: Sashe

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Quick editing with Lightroom presets

Here are some quick before and afters from a recent shoot:

before-after

before-after

Sometimes I want to edit a picture that I kind of like but that I'm not crazy enough about to invest a lot of time in Photoshop. I usually use Lightroom only for these sort of pictures and make some quick adjustments. I also don't mind getting creative with these sort of pictures, since they're not destined for any serious use and are really just snapshots to look at.

With programs like Lightroom, you can literally make one-click adjustments using presets. You can either download or create your own presets and then apply them to whatever image you want. Certain presets look great on some pictures, and horrible on other pictures. It's all about matching the right preset with the lighting and style of the original picture. For the images above, they were shot in flat light and if anything, slightly underexposed. So the preset I used added lots of brightness (quickly concealing any skin flaws), and used split tones to add some color.

The nice thing about presets is that you can apply one, then move all the sliders around and adjust to taste. Presets just give you a quick starting point. Someone may want to use this preset and then make it less bright and change the tones in the image...it's really easy to do.

I called this preset "clean bright/split tones" and you can download it below. I made it with LR2 (I know...it's outdated), so hopefully it's forward compatible with all the LR3/4 users out there! If it isn't, please let me know.

Download clean bright preset

Here are the final images in a bigger size:





Model: Sashe
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