Our New Addition, and Blend If

Hey there everybody! I hope your week is off to a great start! It's been a while since I posted on here, so thanks for stopping by. The end of the school year was very hectic for me with last minute senior portraits, and then we jumped head first in to little league season. Not to mention my wife and I just had our first baby! Everyone say hi to baby Landry :-)  These are a couple of shots I grabbed a little less than a week after we brought him home. I'm a big Batman geek so my wonderful wife got that cutstom key chain for me. I think it just may be my favorite photo EVER lol!

Our New Addition, Landry!

My amasing wife got this key chain specially made for me!

My amasing wife got this key chain specially made for me!

My happy little guy!

My happy little guy!

I'm just a little proud if you can't tell! 

Now, on to business!

This time I wanted to share a new video I put together with a tip for compositing. If you do many composites, this is a must watch! Using the "Blend If"  slider in your layer style dialogue box in Photoshop can seriously be a game-changer when comes to things like painting in shadows. A couple of years ago, an image like this may have taken me 30 minutes to an hour to paint in shadows, but using the "Blend If" tool, it only took minutes (if that!). It may sound a little confusing at first, and it takes a minute to grasp what is going on. But once you figure it out, "Blend If" can be a great ally when compositing!

I hope you like the video. Stay tuned, there will be more to come soon! Have a great week :-) 

New Video Tutorial on a Shortcut for Masking Hair

Hi everybody! I hope you're having a good week! I did a quick post with this video on my G+ page yesterday but for everyone that did not get a chance to check it out, I wanted to post it on my blog as well.

For anyone who didn't see my new image of University of Kentucky defensive back JD Harmon you can check it out on my 500px portfolio by clicking here! This video shows a couple of the techniques I used to create this image. It it not of the entire process (you can check out my in depth composite tutorial on YouTube), but I did show a few tricks:

1) How you can shoot on grey seamless paper and use blending modes to make the compositing process easier

2) How to extend the grey background when it isn't big enough

3) A shortcut for masking hair

So, here it is! I've got a busy end of the week so I better get back to it. I hope everyone enjoys the video. Feel free to email me with questions :) Thanks for stoping by and I'll see you soon!

Using the Nik Collection to Finish Off Sports Composites

Hi everybody! I hope your week is off to a good start. We are half way to the weekend! Do you have big plans? I'll be shooting the rest of the week so I'm trying to catch up on some editing before hand. But first I wanted to do a quick post today with a new YouTube video I just uploaded. In honor of Google announcing the Nik Collection last week I wanted to share a custom recipe I have created using Color Efex Pro 4 to finish off my composites. I feel like adding plugins at the end of the compositing process really helps to blend the image together more. Here you go. I hope everyone enjoys it, and have a great day!


Sorry it's taken me so long

I started getting requests for tutorials on my composites at the Google+ Photographer's Conference in San Francisco last May, and I love to teach and help people, so I was pretty excited. After the conference, I had every intention of working on one, but I soon got side-tracked with regular client work.  Before I knew it, almost a year had passed. Finally, I realized that I couldn't put it off any longer and I just had to make time to do it. So, here you go, Part 1 is finally here. If you noticed the top menu of my computer during the tutorial, you will see it was a little after 5am when I recorded it. I am not typically that early of a riser, but if I want to do this sort of thing (and I really do) I am just going to have to make sacrifices (like less sleep). 

Why I chose this image for the tutorial

There are a couple of reasons why I chose this particular composite for my first tutorial. At first, I thought I might go with something a little more simple, but I changed my mind after I thought about it. This image is slightly more complicated than normal, but I thought that might be a good thing. There are a few problems I solve in the video because after all, isn't that what people really want to see? I figure if I do the same thing as other people are doing for tutorials, I won't get much interest.

Problem #1: The flare behind the subject

I show how to fix this by putting a sun set behind the subject to make the flare look intentional.


Problem #2: Not shot on seamless paper

This makes the image a lot harder to extract from the background, but there is a useful tool I use to show you how to get it done.

Problem #3: The sky in the background is BORING

This may see like a big problem with all those trees, but I show you a relatively easy way to take care of it.


Stay tuned for Parts 2 & 3

So, after a long wait (for some of you), here is Part 1 of the three part series. Stay tuned for 2 & 3 coming soon! I'll be posting them all here on my blog as well as my social media pages. I hope everyone enjoys the video and until next time, take care!