Tag Archives: “editing tips”

Adobe Photoshop – Tips on masking

I cannot believe I haven’t made a post since Easter. I won’t make an excuse because excuses are like a***holes….everybody has one.

Instead I am going to try and help someone who asked me today how to use masks to replace a background. Here is a little demonstration using Adobe Photoshop CS5. There is no sound as I am using Adobe Captivate 5.5 Trial version and sound isn’t included.

Hope you get something out of it.

Have you tried Silver Effex Pro by Nik Software?

I downloaded a trial of Silver Effex Pro by Nik Software.

What a find. It operates in Lightroom and CS5 smoothly.

There are a lot of presets which can be tweaked very precisely. I am impressed at it’s ease of use and flexibility.

Here are a few results, hope you like them

Sinopa Rin at Studland

Sinopa Rin at Studland

Ivy Grant in my studio

Ivy Grant, taken in my studio

A little fashion at Studland

A little fashion at Studland

Gothic Lolitas in my studio

Gothic Lolitas in my studio

My favourite shoes

Favourite Shoes

Cheryl Elizabeth at Studland

Cheryl Elizabeth at Studland

Sinopa Rin Again

Headshot at Studland

And again

Headshot in black and white

Do you re-touch your portrait photographs?

This is another question I am often asked. The answer is in most case almost certainly especially if the subject is female.

I was talking to a wedding photographer one time and I asked the same question. He told me that if he doesn’t re-touch he gets far less final sales.

The key is not to do too much. Don’t make a sixty year old look like a 30 year old but taking 5 or ten years off will almost certainly get you a sale.

You saw some images of Annie Moya yesterday. At 26 she has beautiful skin and to skin smooth her until she looks like a plastic mannequin would be a sin. She had a few small spots on her chin, you poor girls must hate those hormones doing that to you, and so a little spot removing with the clone tool is all that is needed.

Here is a before and after to show you what I did to her.

After Photshop

You will also find a few more examples here.

Is this art?

Here is an image taken from a shoot with Zoe. Her version of the Black Swan.

I used an off camera speedlight to light her allowing the background to be in shadow and under exposed. In processing I used a Platinum Palladium tone.

Does she dance alone because she has dirty feet? You might think so as she seems to be pointing to them.

Didn’t see the Black Swan yet so this is my interpretation.

Dance Alone

New Front to my business card

Playing with those images to imitate a Calvin Kline ad gave me an idea. I thought why not use one as a front to my business card. I think this fits in with the new branding.

Do you?

Business card - Fashion and Beauty

If you want to know how it was done, click on yes in the poll below, if I get enough responses I will do a blog on it.

Black and white or colour?

It is not often that I have difficulty in deciding which edit I prefer. This is an exception.

Perhaps you could help me.

Which do you prefer?

The Colour


or the black and white?

Abstract in black and white

I really would like your opinion.

Studland Set 2

Continuing on from my last post about my Studland shoot, next in line was “Mistakes”, inspired by the saucy seaside postcards that you could buy in the 50’s and 60’s.

This was the inspiration card

Saucy Seaside Postcard Inspiration

Set 2 – “Mistakes”
The Brief

Saucy Postcard – Print and card sale

Saucy Seaside Postcard embarrassed dancer

Cast – Raphaella as dancer and MonModel as helper
Location – Preferably outside on lawn but if weather does not favour could use front hall
Make-Up – Stylised with dancer’s cheeks blushed
Hair – Dancer in ponytail, spectator hair up.
Wardrobe – Dancer in bright coloured TuTu and flesh coloured knickers, Helper bright sportswear and spectators in earth tones, coats, hats and maybe willies. (Will grab some of the others hanging about for this shot but no more than 4, Nikki might want to be in this as a spectator)
Matching Tutu knickers
4 politician masks
Walking sticks (CStGPA)

The Shoot

The girls went off to change with Nikki fussing over them and I and my trusty assistant for the day, ‘Biscuit’, broke set and moved on to the next location. The sun was in and out of the clouds and so I decided to use two Bowens with reflective umbrellas to give an even light over both main subjects. Set up either side of camera and at head height. I used a shutter speed of 1/125 at F11. This gave me a wide depth of field making sure the main subjects and the audience were in focus.

With the camera on a tripod I set the models in position, marking their spots with coins so that I could always have them in the right part of the frame. After 18 shots we had it in the bag and here is the result.