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Color Bridal …

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Bridal 4 _RTP_ 8 April 14 _ SFW

These two portraits were created around thirty years ago down at First Baptist Church in downtown Pensacola.  I am embarrassed that I cannot place a name to this bride.  I did not have these images in a negative file because I had shot them on 120 FujiChrome, thinking that I might want to use them on a post card sometime to advertise my bridals.  So I just had them in my transparency files  with all of my other transparencies.  These were just made with available light … notice that I had positioned her if front of the stain-glass of the cross – that was the only area of the glass where the color coming through was the most natural / neutral daylight.  No flash was added to either image, which is unusual for me, since I believe most any image can use a ” touch of sparkle ” to the eyes.  I cannot tell you how many images that I see on photo blogs where the eyes are so dull and lifeless … even a reflector could direct some light into the subjects eyes.  I was looking at a local photographer’s blog post a high school senior recently and the girl had dark brown eyes and the lady photographer had not directed any light into the girl’s eyes and they looked lifeless.   Thirty years ago there were not all of the snoots and light modifiers  that are available today to focus light on a certain area.  If I had been back at the studio, I could have made something out of black paper that I kept around for that purpose.  I am really surprised that more people today do not create their own light modifiers instead of spending so much money on light shapers and benders.  I can remember going to photography programs back in the late ’70’s and early 80’s where the photographer teaching the class would hand out diagrams on how to build your own light box.  Then Larson, then Chimera and list goes on and on of companies that started building ” light boxes “.  Here is the other image …

Bridal 2 _ RTP_ 8 April 14 _ SFW

Beautiful girl, gorgeous gown … A monkey with a camera could create a nice portrait!  Thanks for looking and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them.  It is nice to know that someone out there is looking and is interested … Frank

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April 9, 2014 at 9:31 am

Charleston Bridal in Oil …

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Jenna_Oil Painting _SFW_5x7_1_23_14This is a bridal portrait I made of my daughter, Jenna, before her wedding in Charleston several years ago.  I am still working on these “oil” paintings in Photoshop, but I still have a long way to go.  The real test is how it looks printed on canvas, so we will have to wait and see.  Thanks for looking … Frank

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January 23, 2014 at 6:58 pm

PhotoShop Work …

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One thing that I have been proud of since I went digital in 2002, is how far my PhotoShop skill has progressed.  It literally took me several years to understand how the program works and all of the things that you can achieve when using them.  You really have to become a student of PhotoShop because there is no way that you can learn all of the functions that the program offers … at least me anyway.  The following image of how a good image can be improved to be a better one.  My good friend Bud Lovoy took this image at a wedding that we did several weeks ago down at the Barkley House in downtown Pensacola / Seville Square.  The first image is what I call ” OOC ” or out of camera .   Nice relaxed pose and expression … looks believable.  So much of the stuff that I see on other photographer’s blogs looks like it was staged or set-up … nobody does some of the contrived positions that the bride or couples are placed in.  The one that always gets me is the couple holding hands, standing up against a wall or in a parking lot or in the middle of the road.  But enough of that … here is the image that I started with …

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Not bad … I did not have to do a lot of PhotoShop to this image.  I leveled the image and removed the framed prints.  The hardest part was making the wall look the same on either side of the sofa.  Balancing the color and removing any shadows took the most time.  Now, the finished image …

IMG_4061  On Red Sofa _ RTP 1 _ Color  2 _6x4 SFW

I put my tag on the prints, but like I mentioned earlier, Bud Lovoy was the photographer and I was just the retoucher on this image.  I will have to make Bud a “tag” and replace mine sometime in the future.  I plan on creating a post in the near future with images I made at her wedding two weeks ago, so please check back.  I know a lot of girls will be getting engagement rings for Christmas in a few months and will start planning their wedding for 2014.  I hope that they will at least remember Bud and I, so you will see a few wedding posts in the future.  Even though I have been shooting weddings for over thirty-five years, I am always surprised to see all of the new names out there working in the area.  Here is a link to Bud’s Zenfolio site, where you can view images from this wedding and other events that Bud has photographed.

That is all for now … Please give me a call at 850-449-1279 and I will be happy to discuss how all of this comes together.  Thanks and please check back … Frank

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October 24, 2013 at 8:46 am