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PREP TO POST // Lighting Modifier Series // The Beauty Dish // Nov 11, OC

Posted by on Oct 5, 2012 in NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS, WORKSHOPS & EVENTS | 2 comments

PREP TO POST Workshops presents a series of highly-focused classes that explore the options of the most common lighting modifiers in use today, starting with the ever so popular 22″ Beauty Dish.

This class will help you master the ins and outs of the basic Beauty Dish, from lighting beauty images to full-length fashion shots. You will be amazed at just how versatile this single modifier can be once you learn to overcome its limitations and unlock its potential. 

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PREP TO POST // Beauty Retouching Workshop // Nov 11, OC

Posted by on Oct 5, 2012 in NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS, WORKSHOPS & EVENTS | 0 comments

 

PREP TO POST presents a special workshop encompassing Sean Armenta’s beauty post production workflow. Learn beyond running pre-made actions or “secret” tricks and techniques and discover a more holistic approach to retouching.

This is not a workshop for retouchers who work on other photographers’ images. This is a workshop for photographers who want to get the most out of working on their own images without having to hire a retoucher. This workshop will help you stay competitive with your own work in the fields of advertising, editorial, commercial, and portraiture. All lessons will be delivered in a non-technical manner that is easily understood and applied. Learn from practical situations and real-world experience from someone who does this full time.

This workshop will cover:

  • Developing a retouching strategy and workflow
  • Editing your shoot in Capture One
  • How to narrow down your selects
  • How to present proofs to the client
  • How to prepare RAW files for processing in Capture One
  • Preparing the ideal working environment in Photoshop
  • Maintaining image quality and color fidelity
  • Working with your Wacom
  • Recognizing and correcting makeup issues
  • Recognizing and correcting skin issues
  • Mastering skin retouching
  • Preparing files for output

 

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PREP TO POST // Working with Hard Light // Nov 10, OC

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS, WORKSHOPS & EVENTS | 0 comments

PREP TO POST Workshops presents lighting class that focuses on working with raw, hard light for beauty, fashion and portrait applications.

This class will help you explore the ins and outs of working with hard light, from lighting beauty images to full-length fashion shots. You will learn how to shape, reflect, and diffuse, giving you confidence in lighting with minimal equipment.

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PREP TO POST // Lighting Modifier Series // The Umbrella // Nov 10, OC

Posted by on Oct 5, 2012 in NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS, WORKSHOPS & EVENTS | 0 comments

PREP TO POST Workshops presents lighting class that focuses on using one of the oldest and most readily available modifiers, the umbrella.

This class will help you master the ins and outs of using umbrellas, from lighting beauty images to full-length fashion shots. You will be amazed at just how versatile umbrellas can be once you learn to overcome their limitations and unlock their potential. 

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PREP TO POST // Beauty Retouching Workshop

Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS, WORKSHOPS & EVENTS | 0 comments

 

PREP TO POST presents a special workshop encompassing Sean Armenta’s beauty post production workflow. Learn beyond running pre-made actions or “secret” tricks and techniques and discover a more holistic approach to retouching.

This is not a workshop for retouchers who work on other photographers’ images. This is a workshop for photographers who want to get the most out of working on their own images without having to hire a retoucher. This workshop will help you stay competitive with your own work in the fields of advertising, editorial, commercial, and portraiture. All lessons will be delivered in a non-technical manner that is easily understood and applied. Learn from practical situations and real-world experience from someone who does this full time.

This workshop will cover:

  • Developing a retouching strategy and workflow
  • Editing your shoot in Capture One
  • How to narrow down your selects
  • How to present proofs to the client
  • How to prepare RAW files for processing in Capture One
  • Preparing the ideal working environment in Photoshop
  • Maintaining image quality and color fidelity
  • Working with your Wacom
  • Recognizing and correcting makeup issues
  • Recognizing and correcting skin issues
  • Mastering skin retouching
  • Preparing files for output

 

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PREP TO POST // Lighting Modifier Series // The Beauty Dish

Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS, WORKSHOPS & EVENTS | 1 comment

PREP TO POST Workshops presents a series of highly-focused classes that explore the options of the most common lighting modifiers in use today, starting with the ever so popular 22″ Beauty Dish.

This class will help you master the ins and outs of the basic Beauty Dish, from lighting beauty images to full-length fashion shots. You will be amazed at just how versatile this single modifier can be once you learn to overcome its limitations and unlock its potential.

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MUST HAVE APP: Snapseed

Posted by on Jul 13, 2012 in APPS & SOFTWARE | 0 comments

I must admit, at first I sneezed at the idea of editing photos on a mobile device like an iPhone or an iPad. I mean, really, as a professional photographer I couldn’t take it seriously. I think that’s the problem with being so used to a way of doing things that it’s hard to imagine doing it any other way. Lately however, I’ve been changing my perspective on a lot of things, including photography.

Mind you, I come from a deeply rooted film background and was strongly opposed to even shooting, let alone switching to, digital. What is it that holds us back from embracing the new? Fear perhaps? Surely lack of knowledge feeds into our fears. It’s difficult for us to embrace something new wholeheartedly because it presents us with a lot of unknowns. Will it be up to par with what we have been doing all along? Which is better? Will I have to relearn years of hard work learning whatever it is I know now? These are the questions that keep us from evolving, from leaving our comfort zone and taking risks with our work, and understandably so. What we do as creatives is very personal. We lay our souls out for the entire world to see when we share our work.

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HOW IT WAS LIT: Paul Mitchell Haircolor Campaign

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in HOW IT WAS LIT | 2 comments

 

Today on HOW IT WAS LIT, I talk about the first shoot I ever did for Paul Mitchell, a hair color campaign for the 2006 holiday season. Paul Mitchell usually does tones of red for the holiday, and I love shooting red hair because of its vibrance and boldness. There are two main considerations when shooting hair – color and texture. This particular campaign focused on creating blunt cuts and sleek styles. I therefore  wanted to light the hair to showcase richness in color, shape, and sleekness. Highlight placement then became a priority.

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HOW IT WAS LIT: NAHA 2008

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in HOW IT WAS LIT | 1 comment

 

 

 

In this installment of HOW IT WAS LIT, I will walk you through a fairly complicated lighting setup which I used to shoot Lucie Doughty’s entry to the North American Hairstyling Awards in 2008.

Working with different colored lighting gels can be quite daunting and is definitely something you want to practice doing. Before we dive into it, there are some safety precautions you should be aware of to prevent any mishaps. You have to remember that even though photographic or theatrical lighting gels are meant to be heat resistant, they are still made of plastic and will melt with direct contact to any tungsten bulb, including modeling lights from flash heads. You want to make sure that you have enough space between the gel and the lamp for the heat to properly dissipate, otherwise you will melt a hole through the gel or worse, set something on fire. Whenever I light with gels, I constantly check their condition to make sure that nothing is amiss. Take the usual preventive measures and use simple common sense. For example, if you don’t need the modeling lights on, by all means, turn them off. You can read other common safety measures on my article for Sekonic HERE.

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PHOTO GEAR: TetherTools Strapmoore

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in PHOTO GEAR | 0 comments

It’s not that hard these days to find all types of photography gear. A simple Google search yields hundreds of companies worldwide that offer great products for all your photography needs. It’s pretty rare nowadays to come across a company that offers truly unique products that you find yourself unable to live without. Tether Tools is one of those companies.

I was approached by Tether Tools a couple of years ago via email. One look at their website and I was immediately impressed. Here was a company offering a product line specifically for tethered shooting, which is something I have been an advocate of ever since I first saw it when I was working as an assistant. Their personable approach and willingness to listen to their customers was what made me want to establish a great relationship with them. Their customer service is bar none and they’re just a wonderful group of people.

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