I want to share a simple way to apply a “texture” to a plain or seamless background. A texture is an image of almost anything that can be appropriately ghosted back adding a “texture” to the background. I use images of side walks, freeway underpasses, brick walls, sheets of paper, rusted steel, graffiti, roads, cracked […]

Rate this:

LeviSimSJPF-11-2

This post is a companion to my guest blog post on Scott Kelby’s Blog where I discuss more about how to use to his Steve Jobs Portrait Project. I also wrote about this once before on Photofocus. Right now, Let’s talk about the technical aspects of making this portrait. It’s a pretty simple portrait to […]

Rate this:

bannerlahgs

This week’s podcast interviews photographer Lindsay Adler who talks about her new studio and getting started in the world of fashion photography. Rich also gives you a quick update on the new photo options from Apple for Mac, Windows, and iOS  We then check in with Chase Reynolds about two hot new pieces of gear. Get […]

Rate this:

Fencing-Prince

Sometimes I get a big idea.  This one was all about creating a series across several athletes and sports. I wanted to photograph different sports using the same lighting and apply the same Lightroom presets. No, I wasn’t being lazy. I wanted to compose the images together and they would all have the same look and […]

Rate this:

A89A0139 copy

One of the newest upgrades in Photoshop CC was the upgrade to make an image larger without loosing detail. In the past when you would re size an image you would lose detail in your image. Now with the new CC they have found a way to keep your image preserved without loosing much detail. […]

Rate this:

removecasts

I want to share this really great way of removing a color cast from your images.  This can be pretty tricky especially with portraits.  You know, when your subject’s skin has that weird color cast you can’t seem to correct.   It can turn into a pretty daunting process working with selective color or color balance […]

Rate this:

jennIMG_5406a

I spend a lot of time working with strobes.  As a commercial advertising photographer I find myself in many situations requiring some pretty complex lighting solutions.  Don’t get me wrong, strobes are super groovy and lighting challenges are always relished but there is something really magical about shedding the hardware. Every once in a while I enjoy shooting with […]

Rate this:

Screen Shot 2014-04-12 at 11.00.30 AM

My daughters love knick knacks, things that lay all over my floors and objects that instantly creep up to clog my vacuum.   But I’ve discovered that these little pieces of annoying plastic toys can be a fun little tool for fake flares, filters or anything else to help adding character to your photographs. I […]

Rate this:

bannertlrpjg

This week’s podcast features a triple dose of photo knowledge. First up, Melissa Niu catches up with portrait photographer Tamara Lackey.  The Rich Harrington and Ron Pepper discuss panoramic photography workflows.  Then we jump back to Melissa as she interviews Jerry Ghionis for his take on shooting portraits and where the photo industry is headed. feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Get the show […]

Rate this:

© Art Kane

Photograph copyright Art Kane. Art Kane was a fashion and music photographer who shot from the 1950s through the early 1990s.  He created many popular photographs  of popular musicians during that time.  After serving in the Army, he returned to a successful publishing career.  He served as the art director for Seventeen magazine (landing the job at age […]

Rate this:

banner_GD_RP_KS

This week’s show features three interviews with three experts in the photo industry.  Melissa Niu catches up with photographer and retoucher Glyn Dewis. Then Rich Harrington welcomes back Ron Pepper to talk about changes to HDRSoft’s Photomatix. Finally Kevin Stohlmeyer discusses strategies to learn new tools and techniques for post-processing and publishing. Here is the new […]

Rate this:

3light

This tutorial is from a new class called Up and Running with Studio Strobes I just completed for Lynda.com.  It is co-taught with my friend Abba Shapiro. This tutorial walks through a sample three-light photo shoot for a sports portrait, showing how to angle and position lights to create hard shadows and provide a sense […]

Rate this:

bannerdlmkjk

This week’s show features three of the photo industry’s best and brightest.  First up,  Melissa Niu interviews Damien Lovegrove, a portrait photographer from the UK. Next Rich Harrington interviews Mike Kubeisy about his work in Hollywood. Finally, Julieanne Kost shares her insights into photography and Adobe.

Continue reading

Nikon D800, 105mm f/2.8 Micro lens, f/11, 1/200s, ISO 200

Nikon D800, 105mm f/2.8 Micro lens, f/11, 1/200s, ISO 200. Copyright Levi Sim Most of the time, when I’m making a portrait I have a million things running through my mind all at once: How bright is the light? How soft is the light? Is the light flattering? Is the pose flattering? Is my subject […]

Rate this:

Lovegrove-film-noir-1

Just for fun… In my last post I showed my Hollywood portrait lighting style using just hard light from fresnel spotlights. The post before that featured two point lighting on the street using Speedlights. Now I’ve combined two point lighting with fresnel spotlights and styled the shoot with a Film Noir theme. Film Noir calls […]

Rate this:

Lovegrove-Hollywood

The picture above shows the classic Hollywood look that is created when the nose shadow touches the cheek shadow to enclose a triangle of light on the unlit side of the face. The pictures in this post are the result of my summer 2013 project. I started my quest to revitalise the classic Hollywood look […]

Rate this:

SPH_10

We’ve all seen those adorable children photographers that dress up their subjects in hats and costumes and put them in fun yet highly trendy and somewhat overdone props.  Although the trend is vast, it still has clients begging.  Now what if the same “prop” stylization was integrated into pet photography? Have you seen a dog […]

Rate this:

bannerjgtl

This week’s show is a triple scoop of goodness. We’ve got three interviews to satisfy your creative, technical, and business needs. Join hosts Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu for interviews with important thought leaders.

First up, Rich talks with Tamara Lackey who is a professional photographer, speaker, and author. She focusses on lifestyle photography, from children’s portraits to celebrity portraits.

Rate this:

pamportraitmft

Watch Scott show you how to shoot a portrait using  a mirror, an ice light, and a 150mm focal length lens.  This is a cool technique and Scott breaks down the whole shot from start to finish. This lesson comes from our new class on Micro Four-Thirds photography. You can check out the whole class here and […]

Rate this:

I’ve studied portraiture with Don Blair, Joyce Wilson, Monte Zucker, Clay Blackmore and others. I’ve come to realize that most people don’t actually study portraiture anymore. They tend to just run and gun. If you don’t want to spend time learning from the masters, at least consider these three simple tips. 1. Start with one […]

Rate this:

NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED! Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Download episode here…   or get it on iTunes PLEASE BE PATIENT – OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH. Rich is joined by special guest Syl Arena to discuss a range […]

Rate this: