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October 22, 2013#

Behind the scenes of the Glam the dress Shoot

This is how I did this fun gorgeous shoot. Natural Light one window. The VFlat is turned towards Katie on the black side to asorb light as the room is white and instead of a coloured back drop I want a muted cream tone like this. She is young and the light in the open space is enough to flatter her face as long as I keep her face to the light source. There is no other light than the window on the left and there is no curtain or filter over the window as it was a foggy morning in Seattle even at 10.30am Shot on Canon 5D mark iii ISO 800 50mm 1.2 f/2.8 160/s always shoot in RAW

Sue Bryce Katie 3

Straight out of camera on the left this image doesn’t need much correction the wedding dress is unzipped an folded down and I have wrapped the veil around her as a top and tucked the ends into her bra no pins needed. I lightly retouch her skin with clone and the skirt looked to white so I copy and pasted some tulle from her back and free transformed then warped it over her skirt dialled back the opacity and erased the edge until it blended in. I then copy the top layer and Filter Blur then I erase back the points I want to be in focus. This tricks the eye a little draws the eye into the focal point and gives a fantasy and ethereal look that I love.

Sue Bryce Katie 4c

I open the retouched image in AlienSKin Exposure and I chose this filter and dialled back the opacity to 50% I then applied the same filter to every image
Sue Bryce Katie 5

Sue Bryce Katie 4b

To texture or not to texture? The texture I chose was one of the beautiful ones that Lara Jade made on our course. I like textures but if they start to compete with the image I remove them
Sue Bryce Katie 4a

My Mum taught me retouching when I was 18 she said “It takes two artists to do an art piece one to create it and the other to hit the first artist over the head when they have done enough” ha thanks mum. Remember to save your images in layers so you can remove filters and think Coco Chanel she said “when you are ready to go out look in the mirror and take one thing off” Less is more sometimes right.

This image as the same AlienSkin filter as above

This image is the same AlienSkin filter as above

Sometimes textures can be as light as 15% and still have impact

Sometimes textures can be as light as 15% and still have impact but they very rarely look good on the face

Textures look wonderful on backgrounds erased back to your desired opacity

Textures look wonderful on backgrounds erased back to your desired opacity

I tend to choose textures that are similar in tone to the image

I tend to choose textures that are similar in tone to the image as its simply easier to blend in

Left is just AlienSkin again and right is a Lara Jade Texture attached

Left is just AlienSkin same again and right is a Lara Jade Texture see attached

Again left image is just AlienSkin as above and right is Texture attached from the beautiful Lara Jade Textures

Again left image is just AlienSkin as above and right is Texture attached from the beautiful Lara Jade Textures

Sue Bryce Katie 10 a

The discount code for 25% off this month is :Octobersue You get 100 free textures and videos on how to use them apply them and even how to make your own with this course http://www.creativelive.com/courses/create-incredible-experimental-portraits-sue-bryce-and-lara-jade

AlienSkin have also offered a discount this code is good for 10% off any purchase from the Alien Skin store. Code SBR1320 www.alienskin.com

Enjoy create play learn enhance your folio HAVE FUN

43 Comments

  1. AWESOME!!! Thank you so much for sharing Sue!!! A friend and myself have been having fun learning from you!
    Awesomesauce!

  2. Stunning Sue!! Thanks for being such an amazing teacher+inspiration+guide to so many of us!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your process, set up and images. They are too gorgeous for words and your work is inspirational.

  4. Hi Sue,

    Thank you so much for your lovely and inspiring postings on portraits.
    Even tough I don’t work in the industry anymore, it’s always refreshing to see your creativity, positive energy and of course, gorgeous results!
    Hope you have a good day!

  5. Valuable insight into how this was done. Even with years of Photoshop knowledge, it takes creativity to make full use of its tools. Thanks!

  6. Ooooh that is soooo awesome Sue. Thanks again and again for sharing so much with the world. :)

  7. YOU ARE MY FREAKIN IDOL! Love your work!!! :) Thanks for the tutorial and tips!

  8. Hey Sue have a question. Have a photo I processed in Exposure 5 and used the vintage film cyanotype soft b&w as you used for this image. It took all the color out and even at 50% doesn’t bring any color back as it is set to b&w. How did you keep the color in the image with those settings? Thanks for sharing!

    • I have exactly the same problem with Exposure 5!!!!!

      • That’s what I thought but think Sue forgot to mention to click to colour instead of B&W on the top options where the density is on AS Xx

  9. wow, what an incredible work, thank you so much for sharing.

  10. Sue, you are wonderful (in that I mean full of wonders). I have learnt so many new things and got inspired, since I first saw you on creative live, two weeks ago. Thank you

  11. Thank you for sharing.
    I love your work:-)

  12. Sue, you never cease to amaze me. I fell in love with you over a year ago, when I first saw you on CreativeLive! Now I get to see you in person in less than 3 weeks! You are a beautiful person inside and out and it radiates all over your work! Love you girl! Counting the Days…til LAX ;)

  13. Thank you so much Sue for sharing your knowledge you are an inspiration. :)

  14. I have never used textures for my work before, but now that I look at these photos I want to try it out and play. Thanks for the tips and the inspiration.

  15. Amazing. We don’t need to complicate, we just need to know how to do.
    Your photos are so beautiful, congratulations.

  16. I love this! I am saving it as a PDF along with the BW Vanity Fair Tutorial you posted some time ago! <3

  17. Thanks for the tips.You have alot of talent.

  18. Thank you for the detailed look at your process. I’m excited to work with these tips!

  19. Love this tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing. And I LOVED your CL with Lara. So much amazing inspiration and knowledge shared. <3

  20. Amazing shooting and great tips! Thank you!

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  21. You are freaking amazing. I LOVE this look! Thank you so so very much for being an inspiration and for sharing your creativity with all of us. xo Bobbie

  22. Sue, Lovely lovely work, I love your openness and teaching style , most of the time you are talking from my heart.
    Please if you come to East cost let me know to be your hostess and help me with some of my project.

  23. Wow. Love this How To. Excellent. I am inspired. Your CL with Lara was out of this world!!!!!!

  24. Sue Bryce, you are simply one of the best. As a photo teacher, I love your work as a photographer and your delivery as a teacher. You inspire me! Thanks.

  25. You are just great,

  26. This is a great behind the scenes shoot and demonstrated very well. Thanks!!

    Where is it that you get 25% off and for what product? Was confused on this reference:

    The discount code for 25% off this month is :Octobersue You get 100 free textures and videos on how to use them apply them and even how to make your own with this course http://www.creativelive.com/courses/create-incredible-experimental-portraits-sue-bryce-and-lara-jade

    Is the discount code of Octobersue for 25% off of the purchase of the above listed course on creative live which will also have the downloads from the creative live course for the 100 free textures and videos?

    Please advise.

    Thanks!

    • yes it is Octobersue will get you 25% off this course

      • Am I correct in the impression that the CreativeLive course (create-incredible-experimental-portraits-sue-bryce-and-lara-jade) will contain the
        100 textures from Lara jade and of course, the videos on the course will show you how to use them in creating these incredible photo?

        Please advise.

        • yes and yes you get the three day workshop and all the textures

  27. Thx Sue you truly inspire me

  28. Sue, thank you for sharing your knowledge. Listening to you in your workshop with Lara Jade was better than therapy! If you ever come to Italy please count on me for anything I could help you with :)

  29. I didn’t Understood one thing in all this above, after you have selected the B&W how come still the picture is in color?? With all due respect hoping for reply Sue :)

    • Hi Raj because I then dialled back the opacity so the colour came back through

  30. I followed exactly, even dialed down the Alienskin to 50% and it still looked all blue so I selected color instead of bw and it looks a lot closer to Sue’s image. Hope that helps.

  31. thanks so much for the tutorial and the code. I got the alien skin exposure. I tried to with the exact same settings and no color is coming thru. only bw. anyone else having that issue? I dialed back the overall intensity to 50 and it seemed to just remove texture.

  32. Absolutely beautiful portraits

  33. The textures are beautiful and go so well the images! Beautiful

  34. Breathtaking images – I love the ethereal and graceful mood. Absolutely beautiful…

  35. BEAUTIFUL…. so elegant, they take my breath away!

  36. Thank you so much for everything you have shared on creative live and here. I am amazed by your generosity and creative mind. I truly wish you meet a prince that is worth your heart.

  37. so beautiful, thx

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