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5 keys to bringing in the right seniors

5 keys to bringing in the right seniors

by Jen Basford

Senior portraits are one of the most highly competitive markets in the photography industry today.  As such, more and more photographers are struggling with how to get the ‘right’ seniors in the door, and how to do it with little or no budget for marketing.

While this may seem impossible when faced with so much competition, by focusing on a few key factors in your marketing you can not only bring in more of the ‘right’ seniors for your(…)

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the friendly photographer

the friendly photographer

by Emily Krbec

*image by Carol Lynn of Freckle Face Photography
The photography world is a fascinating thing to be a part of. Each person is on their own unique journey, exploring the world around them with camera in hand. As exciting and satisfying as this journey can be, it can also be challenging, discouraging, and even lonely at times. I’ve come up with a few suggestions on how each of us can take on the role of “The Friendly Photographer” and(…)

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photographing surfers

photographing surfers

by Courtney Keim
I think of the last eight vacations that we took, 99% of them has revolved around my husband’s love of surfing. I really can’t complain though since we’ve hit two islands in Hawaii and Costa Rica most recently.  I tell myself every time that I will pack my equipment and get some photos of him surfing but I’ve realized that the prime time he surfs, I’m usually staring at my eyelids or am taking photos of my kids(…)

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indesign for album design

indesign for album design

by Haley Lorraine

I’ve said it before and I will say it again I LOVE designing albums! You can review my ten step album workflow here. InDesign is my favorite album design tool, hands down!

Today I want to touch on one of the best time saving features of InDesign for designing albums – InDesign Libraries.

Libraries allow you to store objects for future use. I have a library filled with each and every album page layout I commonly use. This makes designing(…)

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successful center compositions

successful center compositions

By Adele Humphries
Are you a rule-follower?  I am.

I get anxious even bending the rules – social or actual.  So no-one is more surprised than me to see that I have embraced the dreaded center composition in my personal style.  I had always understood this to be a big photography no-no so I avoided it at all costs, believing it to be a lazy, unimaginative and visually less pleasing method of composition.

Then, last Christmas, my husband surprised me with a 35mm(…)

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How to take portraits in the snow

by Carol Swaitkewich
I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada or Winterpeg as we are affectionately called. It snows. A lot. It’s also cold. Like REALLY cold. For 5 months of the year we are surrounded by white and ice. If I wanted to take pictures I needed to learn how to shoot in the cold and snow fast!

The 3 main problems I found shooting in the snow are flat lighting, exposure issues, (blown out or grey looking snow), white balance issues(…)

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a video photoshop tutorial: before and after in CS6

a video photoshop tutorial: before and after in CS6

by Lisa Harrison
So are you still undecided about making the jump to Adobe Photoshop CS6? Go for it!  You’ll love it! If you’re familiar with CS4 or CS5, you really won’t have much of a learning curve at all. The main thing that is different is how the adjustment panel works. You still have an adjustment panel but you now have a Properties Panel where you make changes to your chosen adjustment. You still choose your adjustments from the adjustment(…)

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the crop tool exposed

the crop tool exposed

by Lisa Harrison

Thank you Lisa for sharing with us!  Have you upgraded to CS6 yet?  Tell us in the comments why you have or have not upgraded yet!

Lisa Harrison, Vermont
CMU Instructor, CMpro
website | ask a pro
As CM’s Photoshop expert, it’s only fitting that Lisa is the instructor for the Shooting 104: Intro to Natural Light, Processing 101: Photoshop Fundamentals for Photographers, and Processing 201: Intermediate Photoshop for Photographers workshops. Speaking of her photography journey, Lisa says, “when my son was(…)

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photoshop friday: a before & after

photoshop friday: a before & after

by Lisa Harrison
One of our wonderful members, Mara, posted this in picture play, looking for some help on the skintones. So I asked her if I could use it for a Photoshop Friday tutorial and she said yes. It’s a really lovely sooc image and doesn’t need much. The main issue is that mom and baby both have excess magenta on their faces and are a bit underexposed as well. To fix this, I used 4 adjustment layers.
This was our(…)

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thoughts on converting to black and white

thoughts on converting to black and white

by Stacey Haslem
Why do you convert an image to monochrome? Do you choose to convert an image because of incorrect skin tones? Maybe you convert to get rid of a color cast? Do you process all of your images in color and monochrome as part of your workflow? Or do you take in all of the elements and intentionally create an image with black and white in mind?  I believe we should strive for the latter.

Whether I am shooting in(…)

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photoshop friday: hue/saturation vs vibrance adjustments

photoshop friday: hue/saturation vs vibrance adjustments

by Lisa Harrison
What’s the difference between Hue/Saturation and Vibrance adjustments? I saw someone ask this question the other day so I thought I would give a quick explanation and illustration. You’ll find the vibrance slider in Lightroom, ACR and Photoshop. Since this is Photoshop Friday, I’ll show you where you can find it in Photoshop. It’s located in the Adjustments Panel (a). You’ll find Hue/Saturation there as well (b).

a)                                                                             b)

When you use the hue/saturation master sliders(…)

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photoshop friday: a trip to the dentist

photoshop friday: a trip to the dentist

by Lisa Harrison
This week Lisa is showing us a quick trick to whiten and brighten your subject’s teeth. Click here to watch Lisa’s how-to video:

Any trip to the dentist, whether in “real life” or in Photoshop wouldn’t be complete without treating yourself to a little something.  Our good friend, Kelly Moore, of Kelly Moore bags to the rescue!  Kelly is sponsoring today’s Photoshop Friday and is graciously donating one of her AMAZING camera bags to one lucky blog commenter.

Leave a(…)

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photoshop friday: time saving technique when retouching

photoshop friday: time saving technique when retouching

by Lisa Harrison
This week Lisa has a quick clean edit where she shows us a time saving tip that is handy to use when we retouch our photos. Click the image below to watch the video:

Thanks, Lisa!

Anxious to learn more?  Here’s your chance! Lisa’s Processing 101: Photoshop Fundamentals for Photographers is open for registration.  Find out more here!

Below you will find  some amazing before and after photos from class alumni of the November 2011 run of Lisa’s Processing 201 workshop.(…)

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Confessions of a Natural Light Photographer

Confessions of a Natural Light Photographer

Does the thought of using anything but available light make you twitchy?  If so, CMmember Amy Drucker, can relate.  It wasn’t long ago that she considered herself strictly a natural light photographer.  She has recently delved into using alternative lighting sources and couldn’t be happier!  She’s blogging today about stepping out of her comfort zone.

Confessions of a Natural Light Photographer
by Amy Drucker
When people first find out you’re a photographer there are a few questions they inevitably ask:  “Nikon or Canon?”; “Film(…)

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photoshop friday: rule of thirds grid

photoshop friday: rule of thirds grid

by Lisa Harrison
In last week’s Photoshop Friday, Lisa made a before and after video.  One of the comments left was from Gretchen:  “Great tutorial! I was wondering how you set up the grid on your crop tool. Would you mind explaining how that was done? Thanks!”.  Well, Gretchen, ask and you shall receive!

Lisa has created a tutorial to show you how the rule of thirds grid works in Photoshop CS5 and earlier versions as well.  You can watch the video(…)

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photoshop friday: before and after image edit

photoshop friday: before and after image edit

by Lisa Harrison
This week we have a before and after edited in Photoshop.

In this video here, watch Lisa take her image from this:

to this:

 

Lisa Harrison, Vermont
CMU Instructor, CMpro
website | ask a pro
As CM’s Photoshop expert, it’s only fitting that Lisa is the instructor for the Shooting 104: Intro to Natural Light, Processing 101: Photoshop Fundamentals for Photographers, and Processing 201: Intermediate Photoshop for Photographers workshops. Speaking of her photography journey, Lisa says, “when my son was born I became(…)

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photoshop friday: creating lens flare

photoshop friday: creating lens flare

by Lisa Harrison
Today we’re going to learn how to create lens flare.

Take your image from this (which is already pretty amazing!):

To this:

Gorgeous! To watch Lisa edit this image to create lens flare click here.

Lisa Harrison, Vermont
CMU Instructor, CMpro
website | ask a pro
As CM’s Photoshop expert, it’s only fitting that Lisa is the instructor for the Shooting 104: Intro to Natural Light, Processing 101: Photoshop Fundamentals for Photographers, and Processing 201: Intermediate Photoshop for Photographers workshops. Speaking of her photography(…)

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photoshop friday | a quick black & white conversion

photoshop friday | a quick black & white conversion

by Lisa Harrison
Everybody is in search of that perfect black & white conversion. There are so many actions out there and so many different ways to convert. You need to take into consideration that not every photo is going to make a nice black and white. So what makes an image a good candidate for a black and white conversion? Good light and a wide tonal range.  When you find a conversion you love, you’ll probably discover that what works(…)

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photoshop friday: creating an animated gif

photoshop friday: creating an animated gif

by Lisa Harrison
Let’s learn how to make an animated Gif shall we?!

To watch Lisa’s instructional video click here and then have fun creating your own!
Lisa Harrison, Vermont
CMU Instructor, CMpro
website | ask a pro
As CM’s Photoshop expert, it’s only fitting that Lisa is the instructor for the Shooting 104: Intro to Natural Light, Processing 101: Photoshop Fundamentals for Photographers, and Processing 201: Intermediate Photoshop for Photographers workshops. Speaking of her photography journey, Lisa says, “when my son was born I(…)

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Photoshop Friday: skin smoothing in acr

Photoshop Friday: skin smoothing in acr

by Lisa Harrison
 Choose the adjustment brush icon  from the options bar or press K on your keyboard.

Once the adjustment brush is selected, you will be presented with the Adjustment Brush Panel. Select “new” and then head to the Clarity slider and click on negative Clarity to get a starting point of -25 for Clarity and to zero out all the other settings (Figure 1). When I do skin smoothing I like to add some brightness and sometimes some exposure as(…)

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