Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Lighting a Fashion Portrait

Fashion Portraiture is a twist to the classic portraiture style. Women have evolved since the 1960's and so has the way to depict them. Welcome to the world of size zero, sexy pouts and say Hello to Girl Power! The smile has been replaced by 'The Look'. Lets take a deeper look at what goes behind in creating the look aka The Fashion Portrait.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Advanced Beauty Retouching



The big one is here! Inside we discuss popular techniques used for hi-end beauty retouching in the industry, making it all possible on Photoshop Elements 8! Pro versions provide many ways to do one thing which might not be available to beginners. We believe that software helps, but skill is more important! We wanted to make this tutorial as detailed as we possibly could.....

High and Low Key Lighting


Here we see the commonly used terms in  lighting. Often, an art director will ask a photographer for a 'low key' or 'high key' effect, and both of these require very specific approaches to lighting. Skip the jump to find out more...

Monday, December 28, 2009

Basic Beauty Lighting


This is one basic lighting for a beauty shot that i'd like to show. Mainly, for a retouching tutorial, this shot was taken pretty fast for what is required for an ideal beauty shot. Read more to see the lighting diagram along with shoot details...

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Extracting Image by Masking Layers



This tutorial shows you how to extract an image from a white background and place it on a new background using Photoshop Elements! It is a follow up to the 'Changing Backgrounds using Replace Color' tutorial, and shows you how to do cut-outs using masking (even with the lack of channel/layer masking tool in Photoshop Elements) and using dodge and burn tools and/or overlay brush modes as two options for creatings masks.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Case Study: Ftv Shoot


A quick case study of what went in creating this image for Ftv India. See the lighting setup and the toning effects used for the final image. The model was shot in the studio and the knives were shot seperately. This complete shoot was done using just one light! See more details inside...

Comparing Light and its Modifiers



Light is the essence of photography. To understand light the photographer must be fully conversant with its qualities and behavior. In order to manage a light source, we must first be aware of its presence. Various lighting accessories are reflectors/dishes, softboxes, umbrellas, spot grids/fresnel floods and area lamps. When light falls on a subject it creates a range of tones: Highlights, Mid-tones and Shadows. A photographer needs to know how these can be compared with one another, so that the most appropriate light-shaper can be chosen for a specific situation.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Changing Backgrounds using Replace Color


This first tutorial is a very basic one using Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0! The reason for this is that i would like people starting out to get a good grasp of layers and the basic tools that the earlier versions of photoshop had, on which all the high end work was done a decade back. Being a 'manual gear-shift car' kind of guy, i believe one can never go wrong with an 'auto geared' vehicle!