20Mar13 Before/After

March 20, 2013 in Portrait

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So I thought it would be kind of neat to see how far I’ve come with post-processing images from SOOC (Straight Out Of the Camera) RAW files, to the finished image… each photo typically takes me 15-20 minutes to process within Lightroom and Photoshop (if I’m in the zone, that is.  Out of the zone?  Sorry, but we’re talking weeks/months… just ask my TF clients) and I’m always amazed by the changes possible.  Shooting both RAW and JPEG formats gives me the ability to manipulate an information-laden 5k petabyte original file alongside the (floppy-disk-sized) JPEG file that the camera had already quaintly processed using my in-camera settings.  Click and drag the slider to see the difference a little post-processing can make!  Another one after the jump…

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16Mar13 – WPPI and Musings About the Future

March 16, 2013 in Portrait

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Peter Bryant and Terri Lavenstein share their wedding day with dozens of photographers during a photowalk with Moshe Zusman Workshops at the 2013 WPPI Conference. 85mm, f3.2, ISO400 1/200s, softbox with Profoto strobe at camera right.

Having just returned from my trip to WPPI University and the WPPI Conference & Expo, I’m re-energized and excited with the prospect of working on new projects and portraits over the next year!  I had the opportunity to listen to and learn from some of the best in the industry (to include Moshe Zusman, Doug Gordon, JP Elario, Craig Stidham, Jerry Ghionis…), review my portfolio with potential mentors, attend classes with other aspiring photographers, and network with artists (yes, photographers can be artists!) who have a similar vision and passion for not just delivering an end product, but one into which we have infused our personality, sweat, Read the rest of this entry →

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