Mike T.M. wrote:
I want to learn more about applying effects to pictures on PS. I know what most of the tools do and I can make a bad photo (in raw) look pretty good, but I would like to know how the pros make wedding pictures...any picture just really pop out. I'm not just talking about the curves or levels...in PS I mean the skin looking smooth, colors looking very viberant. For exapmle, http://www.tjweddings.com/
his stuff is great. And not even wedding there are a lot of Sr. Photographers out there that do great work, and I'm just tried of my work. Is there/are there a lot of software that allows you to get that kind of look or is it all in the post production of it? Does this even make any sense?
I have a better idea. Instead of assuming that you get it done with PS, why not shoot it that way? You really need to STUDY the way light moves. You have probably sat next to early morning light streaming through a window on a beautiful day, yes?
Next time that happens take a simple piece of white notebook paper and use it as a small reflector on your hand. Study HOW the light moves, fades, brightens, etc. No digi BS. No camera just your minds eye as the camera and pure sunlight to experiment with. Have a friend, GF or family member sit in that light and use the paper to paint their face. Place on the shadow side as a reflector place on the specular side and use it as a diffuser. Put it under the chin, eyes, nose and mouth to see how it reflects onto the surface planes of the subject. And the eyes always the eyes...
If you can use one sheet of vellum for a diffuser and another as a reflector than why do you need PS to make skin creamy? Use a simple plastic mirror to back light the hair.
I just shot a major ad campaign for a large high end desert restaurant, and it paid very well. Big whoop. I used a simple green grass background a white lace table cloth and a TV dinner tray. Put the pastry on the antique plate and shoot it. Oh yea, the 'fancy lighting the AD raved about? Sunlight through a 1 stop difuser and reflected off of a silver reflector.
All the fancy equipment in the world won;t make you a better photographer, study the light, all the answers are there.
"Photography is painting with light" is not just a cliche