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Post-processing is something I haven’t really talked about on the blog yet, but it’s a critical part of my workflow. In general, I try not to do too much post-processing to my photos, so that they’ll stay looking natural.
The image I’m going to go over today is one of my favorites. These two boys were so much fun to shoot. They rarely stayed in one place long enough for me to get a shot, but for this particular moment they happened to decide—on their own—to show off their new superhero status. How much more cuteness can you get?
This image was shot indoors with fluorescent lighting. Below is the image straight out of the camera. For all the steps I’m showing today, I’ve done a standard sharpening which I apply to all blog images.
I always shoot in RAW so that I have flexibility with adjusting the white balance. Some photographers adjust the white balance in-camera, but I always shoot with auto white balance and adjust images in Camera RAW if necessary. I found that when I tried to adjust the white balance in-camera, too often I forgot to change the settings when I changed environments, so using auto white balance was just easier. With the fluorescent lighting giving the photo a yellowish cast, I did a simple white balance adjustment on the RAW image before converting it to a jpg.
Next, I brightened the boys’ eyes a bit in Photoshop using a layer mask, painting over just the areas I wanted to brighten. It’s a small thing, but it really draws emphasis on the eyes.
Finally, I added a little extra sharpness, contrast, and saturation. It’s subtle, but it gives the image that extra pop. And here’s the final result!
Before I started photography, I would have thought choosing a favorite lens would be pretty difficult. Turns out it’s not difficult at all. Without question, my favorite lens is the Canon 50mm f/1.2. This baby stays on my camera 95% of the time during portrait sessions. Maybe more. I love that it allows me to be close enough to my subjects to interact with them easily, but isn’t so wide that it causes distortion. I love that it’s light in weight and very manageable. And I love shooting wide open at f/1.2. I just love the quality of the light that it gets and the smoothness of the background blur. It does cost a pretty penny, though, so an excellent bang-for-the-buck alternative is the Canon 50mm f/1.4.
Our gorgeous proof boxes are a fabulous way for you to have all of the images from your session in a lovely presentation. The boxes are individually handcrafted. They’re covered with black raw silk and Japanese paper in a beautiful design of silver cherry blossoms. Along with the box, you get all of the images from your session in 5×7 print, and the prints are coated for protection.
So if you’re looking for an elegant way to store your session photos, this is it!
Dare you to prove me wrong.
But before you do that, don’t forget, today’s the last day of the Summer Portrait Session Sale! Book your portrait session TODAY, and you’ll get a 10% discount off any a la carte items!
Your photo session can occur any time between now and August 31. You need only book your appointment by today to be eligible for the discount. Any type of portrait session may qualify: children, baby, newborn, family, maternity, engagement, anniversary, newlywed/day after, etc.
Book your session now by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (626) 298-2946! Or just click on the CONTACT link on the menu at the top!
Fine art canvases are an awesome and modern way of displaying your photos in your home. What are they, exactly? They’re photos printed directly on canvas, coated for protection, and stretched on a frame. The best thing about them is that they come ready to hang! No need to worry about matting or framing.
We did a fine art canvas of one of our favorite photos, which you can also see on the Bamboo Shoots Photography home page. You can also find more photos of Audrey from her and Phillip’s portraits at the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena.
We also offer canvas clusters (multiple canvases of designated sizes which are arranged artistically in a cluster) for a discount, and they are a terrific way of decorating your walls. Contact us to find out more about our canvas clusters and canvas size options!
Remember, while the Summer Portrait Session Sale is going on, all fine art canvases are 10% off! All other a la carte items are also 10% off! The sale ends Friday, July 9, so book your session soon!
Yesterday was the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, which means summer has officially started! Summer is my second favorite season after spring. Goodbye to school, homework, and exams… Hello, fun vacations, the awesome Perseids meteor shower, cold drinks, and lots of ice cream!
To celebrate the start of summer, we’re holding a special discount offer – a Portrait Session Sale! Book your portrait session between now and July 9, and you’ll get a 10% discount off any a la carte items!
Your photo session can occur any time between now and August 31. You need only book your appointment by July 9 to be eligible for the discount. Any type of portrait session may qualify: children, baby, newborn, family, maternity, engagement, anniversary, newlywed/day after, etc.
Book your session today by e-mailing email@example.com or calling (626) 298-2946! Or just click on the CONTACT link on the menu at the top!
And because this post wouldn’t be complete without a photo, how cute is Phillip lounging on his bed?