I am not one to hide my techniques or tricks when it comes to post-editing.  I used to be like that, but then I thought it was extremely selfish so I changed sometime back.  Plus, with the post-editing software getting better and better I often find myself shooting a shot with a certain post-edit in mind.  I am not talking about color or lighting because I think that should be done as best as possible while taking a shot.  For example, the image below I took knowing that I would be able to remove Shawna from the image.  I love the linear lines and where your eye takes you in the shot, which is why I put the time to remove shawna.  I used Photoshop CS5’s new feature content aware deletion and the classic clone stamp.  After about twenty minutes I was happy with the result.


Flash or No Flash?

I recently watched a great Kelby training videos on how to use your on camera flash more effectively.  As annoying as the teacher could possibly be it was actually very helpful.  The gist was that direct flash on any object is terrible looking.  Therefore your on camera flash should be bounced off walls and object left, right, above and below the object as much as possible.  It will definitely set your photography apart from others.

With this in mine I shot for the first time with this perspective.  I had the perfect scenario.  I was heading to the city for a good friends bachelor’s party in the City, and I knew we would be in tight and dark locations.  I brought my wide angle lens and on camera flash to give it a try.  Below are two examples in which I bounced the on camera flash off a wall and ceiling to get the shot.  Both are still not perfect, but I like my results of the second images than the first, which had no flash. Take a look and if you have any questions or comments put them below.


Grabbing Those Highlights

So I officially finished editing Ivy’s and Ryan’s wedding photos, and they turn out great.  Really excited to be getting them in their hands this weekend.  One thing that I did not think concerning shooting was Ivy’s dress.  On the wedding day of a shoot your mind is in a million places at once, but this one is good to remember.  Thankfully, I didn’t ruin any images of Ivy in her dress, but she had a very detailed dress that was distinguishable to the human eye, but hard to pickup on the camera.  I really wanted the images to show depth in Ivy’s dress, so I literally went in post and made some changes.  Thanks Aperture.  Look at the images below in her dress and you should be able to tell the difference.  Never forget to grab the highlights.