Category Archives: Photoshop Demystified

How to create painted portraits in photoshop- fast and easy

Our studio is starting to look like the Louvre. Well, maybe not that high faluting-bigtime-fancypants art gallery...but, slowly over the  last year I've been adding more and more painted portraits created in the classic portrait look. Everyone seems to really dig them, judging by the reaction. This is one of my fave looks. And suitable…
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Surfer Dude critique—ish…..

When digital took over my life back in 2001 and photoshop became my new darkroom, my new master, the universe opened up in a big way. As it did for the entire industry. The creative possibilities, the new opportunities...so many options it can make your head spin. This is especially true for the beginner. I…
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Photo Actions I love and use….

All these actions are included in the noBs photosuccess Inner Circle Members Forum noBs Softar, hodgysoft and Craigs Actions Video: PhotoShop actions BUNDLE from Design House: Video: noBs photosuccess BUNDLE actions examples:
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Burning and dodging in photoshop

CLICK ANY IMAGE TO WATCH THE VIDEO   These images all created using the same techniques mentioned in the video: You can tap into a goldmine of photography tips over at the worlds greatest online photography forum, NoBs PhotoSuccess if you really want to ramp up your work.
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How high could you, should you go with your ISO?

This question has been bandied about since digital day one... What about noise (grain)? What processes do you use to remove it? How big can you go? On and on. I routinely shoot high ISO for many shoots. Here's a bunch of images I grabbed from the last month. Yes, I do get around...from weddings,…
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Kick your images up with cool photoshop brushes….

by James Hodgins ******************************************************************** I received numerous emails about the corner designs I placed on some of my images that I figured I would add a follow up post explaining how I achieved the final images. Something as simple as adding an edge, effect or border to an image can really “kick it up a…
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Creative studio photography using photoshop

The end of summer marks the beginning of studio portrait season for our studio. When the weather get's below zero, the leaves have all hit the ground and our city is covered with the white stuff some clients just don't want to brave the outdoors. Luckily we can bring the outdoors to them with some…
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The Renaissance Portrait

We created the renaissance portrait in our studio as one more portrait styling that compliments the range of sessions that can be created for little girls. We always have a blast creating fairy portraits and running our twice annual fairy day special which always books out solid, but we wanted something more to offer, hence…
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Camera Settings – Standard vs Neutral? Which One Works Best?

Greetings folks.  Just for fun and curiosity whilst shooting in my studio this week, I decided to grab a few shots with the camera picture mode set to "neutral".  At one time not so long ago, I shot all our portraits with the camera set to neutral with all the settings turned down to low…
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