Photoshop Tutorial – Graffiti Artist

31 08 2010

Last weekend I had a ball with Kajo and Chris Belyea shooting this image in the old Dunlop Factory.  The model is Sarah Jane Kelly who is a lovely young girl to work with.  I was evaluating a set of Elinchrom Ranger Quadras for the weekend, so I went out with the goal of shooting a stylised portrait of the model as a graffiti artist.

I was very happy with the way the shot turned out.  I applied quite a bit of stylised post processing.  If you are interested in how I processed it, check out the tutorial below.

Enjoy

Brent

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Cool New Research Addition – Predict Cloud Cover

22 08 2010

Hey Folks

Somebody showed me a very cool site for predicting cloud cover.   It’s a tool for astronomers, but obviously it has great uses to Landscape photographers.   You can zoom in on specific parts of Australia (and other parts of the world too) and it gives you cloud cover predictions for several days in the future.  now I don’t know about you, but I reckon that is very cool.

To check it out just go to http://www.skippysky.com.au/

Thanks to Bill Owens for this great research site.  I’ll be including this as part of my standard research now.

Brent





Highly Recommended Studio Lighting Workshop

21 08 2010

Last Sunday I attended a workshop that was run by Sydney Photographic Workshops.   I had attended a presentation by Daniel Linnet about a year ago at a camera club and was very impressed with both Daniel’s work as well as Daniel’s ability to communicate his approach, methods etc.  So when I heard about this studio lighting workshop that Daniel was running together with Scott McGale I was keen to give it a try.

While I have messed around with strobist lighting and shot with studio lights a couple of times before, I really felt as though there were some key pieces missing in terms of my theoretical knowledge.   The day with Daniel and Scott was brilliant.   The other course participants were a great bunch and the day was superbly well organised by Daniel’s super-efficient wife Wendy (who is an organisational dynamo and lovely lady).

If any of you would like to really improve your lighting skills (whether it’s in a studio or on location), I would highly recommend this workshop.  If you want to get a good feel for the workshop, then check out this video that I made of the day.

You can find out more information about this workshop here.  Or if you would like to find out more about their other workshops check them out at this link.

Highly recommended

Brent





Photoshop Tutorial – Post Processing Forsaken B&W

16 08 2010

I had a couple of people drop me notes asking for a Photoshop tutorial on how I post-processed the Forsaken image of Rev.  Here it is.  I hope you enjoy it and learn a useful trick or two.