From the course: Portrait Photography: Business Portraits on LinkedIn Learning When to use studio strobe lighting from Portrait Photography: Business Portraits by Robert Vanelli Lighting is extremely unpredictable—especially going into a corporate environment. So that's why we decided to shoot with studio strobes. Studio strobes give us the extra power that we could use to light our set. I'd rather go into the environment with too much light and then dialing it down, than going in and not having enough light to get the shot. There are … [Read more...] about When to Use Studio Strobe Lighting
Currently he is teaching workshops, writing for Photofocus and creating tutorials for various plug-in companies and for the Vanelli and Friends series.
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- When to Use Studio Strobe Lighting - January 16, 2018
- When to Use a Tripod for Portraits - January 9, 2018
- Choosing the Best Locations for Large-Group Portraits - January 2, 2018
From the course: Portrait Photography: Business Portraits on LinkedIn Learning Shooting on a tripod or off from Portrait Photography: Business Portraits by Robert Vanelli Course transcript Shooting with a tripod has many benefits, especially if you're new to photography. What it does is help you minimize camera shake. Now camera shake is when you take that photo and the eyes look blurry. But you know you're focused right on the eyes, you're at the dead center. But for some reason, it looks too blurry. Usually, that's because you're … [Read more...] about When to Use a Tripod for Portraits
From the course: Portrait Photography: Sports Portraits on LinkedIn Learning Finding the best location from Portrait Photography: Sports Portraits by Robert Vanelli Course transcript Now it's extremely important to find the best location to shoot in—and you have to feel comfortable in that location. Personally, one of my favorite locations is a huge gymnasium. That’s where I can set my lights up in the background, I can have people moving around, and we have so much room in there, I'm not worried about them interfering with my shot. I … [Read more...] about Choosing the Best Locations for Large-Group Portraits
It's almost New Years. Now is the perfect time to create a preset that will add your 2018 Copyright information to your photos’ metadata. You can set this up so it will automatically attach to your images when you import them using Lightroom. It’s a good idea to add personal details to your images so anyone viewing that photo on the web or preparing the file for print at a printing lab can determine who owns Copyright of the image and what they can do with it. If the image is marked Copyrighted, the metadata can show this and give information … [Read more...] about Remember: Update Your Lightroom 2018 Copyright Preset
Registering your images with The United States Copyright Office isn't as hard or as expensive as you may think. Here's how and why you should register your photos. I thought my images were already protected? The moment you capture an image, you automatically own the copyright of the image. If someone violates that right by using your image without your consent, you can take legal action. However, you need to register your image before a judge will hear the case. Let me stop for a moment and say I'm not a Lawyer, I am a photographer. I … [Read more...] about The End of the Year is Here, Remember to Register Your Photos
From the course: Portrait Photography: Sports Portraits on LinkedIn Learning Composing for the team shot from Portrait Photography: Sports Portraits by Robert Vanelli All teams love having a team portrait but, you know what, putting about 15 kids—especially teenagers—in one straight line to get the shot perfect is extremely challenging. So what we're going to do instead is have our players pose as if they're standing in line all the way through, using three different types of poses. One is the person who's going to be forward, … [Read more...] about The Secret for Posing a Team Photo
From the course: Portrait Photography: Business Portraits on LinkedIn Learning Gear recommended in this article can be found on B&H Photo & Video Lens choice for portraits: 85mm f/1.4 How to work with the subject from Portrait Photography: Business Portraits by Robert Vanelli Before we start clicking away, it's very important that we get to know our subject. And we have to ask our subject what's the message they want to portray in their portrait. Talking with Trevor, he's a scientist, and sometimes he does … [Read more...] about Tips for Getting to Know your Subject Before taking their Portrait
From the course: Portrait Photography: Sports Portraits on LinkedIn Learning Shooting intense portraits from Portrait Photography: Sports Portraits by Robert Vanelli For more videos on the LinkedIn Learning series click here. Once we have our master shots completed it’s time to get a little creative. We're going to work on an intense type of a shot. Lacrosse players are well known for being really intense when they play. So this is what I want to capture in this next shot. What I want to do is have him bring his head down and when I … [Read more...] about How to Shoot an Intense Sports Portraits
From the course: Portrait Photography: Sports Portraits on LinkedIn Learning Shooting additional elements from Portrait Photography: Sports Portraits by Robert Vanelli While we have our actor or athlete on the set, we're also going to have him turn his back so I can snap a photo of his jersey number. I'm doing this because it gives me more options when I'm working inside of Photoshop. So, imagine having a beautiful portrait of him and then—in the background, just faded—is another shot of him with his head down, looking away. It could look … [Read more...] about Don’t Forget to Shoot Extra Portait Elements
Having more options when selecting photo paper is great, but it can also get confusing. Here’s how to select the right paper based on the photo you plan to print and display. E-surface paper E-surface paper—also called luster, satin, pearl, and sometimes semi-gloss—is a premium finish on a heavier paper. It’s normally the number one choice for photographers. It boasts accurate color, realistic saturation, excellent neutral flesh reproduction, and great intensity. It offers brighter blues, cyans, purples, and reds with the finger-resistant … [Read more...] about Choosing the Right Paper for the Right Photo
From the course: Portrait Photography: Business Portraits on LinkedIn Learning What is a social media headshot? from Portrait Photography: Business Portraits by Robert Vanelli When it comes to portraits, a social media profile photo is one of the most important photos to have—especially for ourselves and our clients. Think about it. What's the first thing most potential customers are going see when they Google your name? Your online profile photo. Now, personally, I had this really incredible photo that I absolutely loved and it was … [Read more...] about What is a Social Media Headshot?
Have you ever tried to print an image and was told the image isn’t large enough to produce a quality image? It can get frustrating. Here’s how to choose the right print size and how to fix a low-resolution image. How images are measured Images are measured in pixels. The more pixels, the better quality and larger print you can make. Sometimes an image may look great on your cell phone or computer; but when it’s printed, it looks bad. This usually happens when you try to enlarge or crop an image that doesn’t have enough Pixels Per Inch (PPI) … [Read more...] about How Pixels Affect Print Size
Adobe Stock is a service that provides designers and businesses with access to millions of high-quality images to use in their creative projects. Here’s how to use Adobe Stock as a tool for creativity and inspiration. Finding inspiration If you find yourself in a creative slump, browse Adobe Stock for ideas. It can be an image, background or even an element that inspires a creative shoot. I used this concept while working on my Assassin Series. Up to this point, I’ve been photographing the subjects on a black background. I liked it, but I … [Read more...] about Get Creative with Adobe Stock
Changing the color of a background or adding a backlight effect has always been a task for Photoshop. Here’s how to skip Photoshop and use Lightroom’s new Range Masking Tool to add bright colors to a dull image. Adding color to an Adjustment Brush To change the color of the background, we need to add color to the Adjustment Brush. Working in the Development Mode, select the Adjustment Brush and start with exposure set to 0.25. Click on the color swatch at the bottom of the panel and choose a color. To apply the effect only to the background, … [Read more...] about A Fast Way to Change a Background
By now people have realized the Platypod Max is a very "on the go" versatile tool. Attaching a ball head and camera makes it as rock solid as a tripod. But did you know, it's just as great in the studio? I've shown in a previous post how to attach an Avenger 5/8-Inch Stud so you can mount a large studio light and hide it in a small space behind your subject without getting it in the shot. This time I used the 3" spigot adapter from Platypod's Multi Accessory kit to attach the light to the Platypod; it's a standard lighting tool size and works … [Read more...] about Studio Tip: Use a Platypod to Hang a Hair Light
Join Levi Sim and Vanelli Live for a free Webinar on Monday, November 20, 2017, as they explore "How to Get up and Running with the New Perfectly Clear 3.5". Athentech unveiled Perfectly Clear 3.5. with lots of great new features. It’s also a FREE update to existing Perfectly Clear version 3 owners. If you don’t own the application/plug-in (or own an older version) we’ve got a time-limited special offer here. Perfectly Clear is Now A Stand-Alone Application! Perfectly Clear version 3.5 has removed the need for using a host application. … [Read more...] about Live Webinar: Get Up and Running With The New Perfectly Clear 3.5
For the past decade, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom has been one of the top standard photo processing and image organizing software on the market. The consumer had very few options—until now. Here’s why: ON1 Photo RAW 2018 may be the answer photographers have been looking for as a Lightroom alternative. (If you want to try the software out for free – click here.) ON1 has had a standalone version since 2014 For years, ON1 has created great plugins for both Lightroom and Photoshop. The only problem—you still needed Lightroom or Photoshop to use the … [Read more...] about ON1 Photo RAW 2018: a Lightroom Alternative?
Studio flags are similar to a 5-in-one round reflector with the except they are easier to mount to a c-stand. Here’s how to use the Flag’s built-in pin to attach to the knuckle of an extension arm which is attached to a c-stand. Why use studio flags? Studio flags--such as the Digital Juice Pro Flag Kit--are great for modifying light. You can use them to diffuse light, bounce light and even block light. Studio flags differ from a 5-in-one round reflector simply by how they attach to a c-stand. They come with a pin that slips into a knuckle … [Read more...] about Studio Tip: Attaching a Flag to an Extension Arm
Adjusting a heavy light attached to a c-stand doesn’t have to acquire a lot of strength. Here’s a simple tip to help you move the light up or down without much effort. Stand on the Longest Leg This is a very short and simple tip. When lowering or raising a light on a c-stand, place one foot on the longest leg of the c-stand. This will give you leverage to raise the light and prevent it from falling over. This will also work with conventional lights stands by lightly standing on the bar of the front leg. (Editor's Note: C-Stands made by … [Read more...] about Studio Tip: How to Adjust a Light on a C-Stand
Adding a smoke effect in Photoshop is easy when you have the right brushes. Here's where to find a few cool smoke effect brushes and how to apply them. Where to Find a Smoke Brush A simple Google search on “Free Photoshop Brushes” is a great starting point. I found several great smoke effect brushes on QBrushes.net. Although the brushes are free, read through their licensing agreement to make sure you qualify. As with downloading anything over the internet, make sure you’re downloading from a reputable site. Create a folder called Brushes … [Read more...] about How to Add Smoke using a FREE Photoshop Brush
This may not seem like a big deal at first, but once you start sharing images to Facebook, Instagram or ANY system application installed on your computer, you’ll fall in love with it. Gone are the days of converting a Photoshop document to a jpg then sharing the image to social media, or even your favorite app. Here’s how to share an image to Social Media, emails, or your favorite app right inside Photoshop CC 2018. Photoshop CC 2018’s New “Share to” Button Accessing Photoshop CC 2018’s new “Share to” feature is easy. After opening an image, … [Read more...] about Photography Marketing- Using Photoshop’s New Share an Image
Organizing and finding images in Lightroom is easy when using Lightroom’s Collections. To make collections even more powerful, Adobe added Smart Collections. Smart Collections automatically gathers all images based on a few keywords you create. Here’s how to let Lightroom help you organize your images the smart way. Why Use Smart Collections? This article was inspired while I was rushing to find images to show during a keynote address for the Black Hills Photo Shootout. I’ve known about Smart Collections for years, but haven’t really thought … [Read more...] about The Power Of Lightroom’s Smart Collections
Installing new updates can be exciting and terrifying at the same time. Exciting because you can’t wait to try out the new features. Terrifying because it may crash your system. Here are a few simple tips to make your upgrade experience better. Backup Your Lightroom Catalog(s) Backing up your Lightroom catalog(s) is a safety net in case the update gets corrupt.This will save valuable time and frustration if you have to reinstall the previous version. The best way to backup your Lightroom catalog is through Lightroom’s catalog settings. This … [Read more...] about READ THIS BEFORE Upgrading To The New Lightroom
Using a combination of Facebook messaging, emails or text messages to inform a client their images are available for viewing can get complicated. A simple solution is to develop a consistent workflow and stick to it. Here’s an example on how to use Lightroom and LG/Gmail–The Photographer's Toolbox email addon--to create an email template and stay organized. Setting Up LG/Gmail The Photographer's Toolbox created a great Lightroom email addon called LG/Gmail. The plugin allows you to attach images from Lightroom and send them--along with an … [Read more...] about Create Custom Emails In Lightroom
Using a low power fan to create a windblown look doesn't get the job done and a large more powerful fan is bulky plus gets in the shot. Here’s how to use the small but very powerful Blowit Fan to create a killer windblown look. Aim at the subject’s chest The secret to creating the windblown effect is lifting the hair from the bottom. Aiming the fan at the chest pushes the bottom part of the hair back producing a pleasing look. Start with a low setting and add more power until the hair is flowing the way you want. If you need to, move the fan … [Read more...] about Studio Tips: Using the Powerful Blowit Fan for Windblown Hair
As I was relaxing, enjoying a nice meal with a friend, out of the blue he asked: “Would you really buy a Platypod?” Nipping any chances of a debate, I gave him five examples of times when I needed my Platypod but didn’t have it with me. Here’s why I answered “Yes!” What Is a Platypod? A Platypod is a versatile and compact base ideal for supporting cameras to capture below-angle shots and for situations where traditional tripods are cumbersome or impractical. It's also a great tool for studio use. You can use it to hang a hair light or hide a … [Read more...] about Would You Really Buy A Platypod?
Adobe just launched two new versions of Lightroom: Lightroom Classic CC—the Lightroom we’ve all come to know—and a new product called Lightroom CC. Sound confusing? Well, yeah, it is; but here’s how you can decide if the new..errrr.. newer version Lightroom CC will make it in your workflow. Let’s get the names straight New Coke, Coke Classic... What??? Remember when Coca-Cola tried to introduce a reformulated Coca-Cola? Yeah, that firestorm ended with the return of the original formula—now called Coca-Cola classic—a few months later. I love … [Read more...] about Will the New Adobe Lightroom CC Make it in My Workflow?
Tens of thousands of photographers are descending on New York City from around the world to attend Photo Plus Expo, the largest photography conference, and trade show in the Western Hemisphere. Several of our authors and editors will be there and we’d love to see you for a photowalk Friday evening and maybe a little refreshment afterward. (Register Now! The photo walk is Limited to 50 walkers) This year we’ve got a special opportunity to learn new skills. We’ll learn how to maximize any shooting opportunity by recording video footage along … [Read more...] about NYC Photowalk with Photofocus, Macphun, & Adobe Stock October 27, 2017 8:00pm
Lightroom’s email feature has been around since the beginning of the program, but you couldn't add names from your contact list. This forced you to remember the client's email address—not very efficient. Here's how to fix this problem by using a neat Lightroom export plugin to attach an image from Lightroom. What is the LR/Gmail Plugin? LR/GMail is an export plugin for Lightroom 2 and higher developed by Arctic Whiteness—the creators of the Photographer’s Toolbox. The plugin allows you to send exported images via your gmail account. The … [Read more...] about Attaching an Image to Gmail using Lightroom
Imagine losing every image you have ever taken of your child, your wife, a family member that has passed away, that beautiful sunset in Hawaii, all of your client’s images...you get the point. Are you feeling sick to your stomach, especially knowing it could have been prevented? The good news, it’s not too late. If you have more than 6TB of data, you need to invest in a RAID backup. Here are 5 common excuse people make for not buying a RAID Backup and 5 solutions to help you make the right choice. 1. I Don't Understand Why I Need a RAID … [Read more...] about 5 Excuses for Not Buying a RAID Backup