March 28, 2011 | People

All You Can Shoot “Buffet”

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A sampler.



Over the weekend I participated  in a photo shoot-a-thon at the Union 206 studio in Alexandria, VA. Billed as an All You Can Shoot Buffet, this was an opportunity for Union 206 members to get together with models and an entire team of artists (Make Up Artists, Hair and wardrobe stylists) along with the Union 206 crew to create some unique and interesting images. From white wall to full sets there was something for everyone. This was a chance to flex your imagination and really have some fun.


I’ll post additional images from the shoot after PSW…


Here’s some of my samples from the buffet…



Model: Vanessa Arias



Model: Vanessa Arias





Model: Heather Shue



Model: Heather Shue





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March 25, 2011 | Different

Landscape one X six

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Experiment!



This is a post to encourage you to experiment with your images. A very basic landscape shot processed six different ways. With all the imaging editing software on the market it’s easy. And of course there are apps for that. Use whatever came with your camera. There are no rules! Just crank those sliders and start to understand what each one is doing to your image. Soon you’ll start to figure out what you like and maybe even a style for processing your images.


I’ve recently been taking more time to go through the software I have and the menu items and dials and sliders and such that I never touch. Checking out presets that I loaded who knows when and for what reason. There are an infinite number of variations for any image. I played around in Lightroom and Photoshop and tried several different techniques with varied success. The point is to just have fun.


Here are some of the results…


The starting point with a slight vignette.



Textured overlay.



more overlays… See the rainbow?



Black and white conversion with a slight sepia tone.



Black and white



HDR. This was not shot as a true HDR but since it was shot in raw there is +/-  1.5 – 2 stops of leeway. I processed the image with a -2 and a +2 exposure change and along with the original image fed to Photoshop. There are an unlimited number of ways to process as an hdr image from photo realistic to a more extreme and even cartoonish look.



So start experimenting and have fun!



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