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August 3, 2014#

Jennifer Hudson Workshop

She is a prolific fine artist award winning talent gentle human soul and simply a lovely girl.  I wanted to attend a fine art workshop this year and I chose Jen’s for all of these reasons. I wanted or rather needed to be in a place that wasn’t teaching or business or money just Mountains and Art and reconnecting.  Her opening talk Falling to my knees nearly had me falling to my knees and when she spoke of restoration I had a silent weep.  I forget to restore as a business owner as an artist and I resonated with this need.  I highly recommend this workshop I will say no more about it everyone there was on their own personal quest and mine I will keep in my heart.  I had some big realizations about my next goals and I loved just being a student and learning, learning to just be quiet and listen to where the mind wanders. I chose my model for her innocence and my concept was to photograph her in a start of beginning like a new artist in the early stages of my career but without the panic of trying to make it or be noticed just new and fresh and raw and filled with joy at making images.

www.jenniferhudsonfineart.com

All shot Natural Light on the Phase One 1/1600 sec;   f/2.8;   ISO 400 Edited on Alienskin 20% Colour Photo and 20% Slightly Yellowed

Sue Bryce Jennifer Thoreson 11 copy

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June 1, 2014#

Did you trial Exposure 5 after our workshop

Did you trial Exposure 5 after our workshop? I’m putting the AlienSkin code here on the blog so you can return to it when you’re ready, you have till June 20th to get the discount.  I am posting some of my favorite go to filters but Im sure you’ll find your own.

Promo code is FKZ0514 It gives the discount of 30%. The promotion is live now and is set to end on the 20th of June. www.alienskin.com 

Exposure 6 is in late beta and isn’t quite ready for a debut.  Anyone that purchases version 5–taking advantage of the discount–will receive a free upgrade to version 6 when it’s released. Version 6 has creative focus capabilities of another one of my favorite products, Bokeh. So, there’s an extra $100 value of software coming your way.

Felix and I would like to thank you for your questions and hilarious comments and support we had a blast.  I look forward to watching this young man turn into an extraordinary force in the photographic industry.  I hope AlienSkin assists you in the creation of beautiful images I know both Felix Lara and I love it and we hope you do too.

If you haven’t  seen our workshop yet here is the link The Lighting Challenge and see how we challenged Felix to create beautiful soft portrait light to match natural light.  Gorgeous Hollywood portraits and more

Workshop Image Natural Light

Workshop Image Natural Light

Workshop Image Studio Light

Workshop Image Studio Light

Original Image no filter.  Light retouch to face & extra bright sequin's. Slimming through waistline.

Original Image no filter. Light retouch to face & extra bright sequin’s. Slimming through waistline.

Definitely my Go To Black and white especially for Hollywood shoots desaturate image open in AlienSkin 5 Daguerreotype 75% with less grain.

Definitely my Go To Black and white especially for Hollywood shoots desaturate image open in AlienSkin 5 Daguerreotype 75% with less grain.

A little more drama Wetplate with Brush Painted 75%

A little more drama Wetplate with Brush Painted 75%

Strangely this is Wetplate color and I really like it

Strangely this is Wetplate color and I really like it

Technicolor Process 4 faded 100% I am always drawn to cold tones and strong warm tones my goal is always to push away from natural skin tone.

Technicolor Process 4 faded 100% I am always drawn to cold tones and strong warm tones my goal is always to push away from natural skin tone.

This is my favorite filter Fade all leave strong reds 100%

This is my favorite filter Fade all leave strong reds 100%

Probably used on 80% of my shoots in Polaroid 600 Yellowed Aging removed - Added Blue to bring down the yellow & desaturate 10 %

Probably used on 80% of my shoots in Polaroid 600 Yellowed Aging removed – Added Blue to bring down the yellow & desaturate 10 %

Original Image from the workshop

Original Image from the workshop

Another favorite BW go to Calotype 75% less grain.  Brings me straight home to film days.

Another favorite BW go to Calotype 75% less grain. Brings me straight home to film days.

Original Image from Workshop light retouching on face.  Shot with Strobe

Original Image from Workshop light retouching on face. Shot with Strobe

See how my go to Fade all leave reds changes the whole tone of this image

See how my go to Fade all leave reds changes the whole tone of this image

I double up filters this is Fade all leave strong reds and NoonDaySun about 50% each

I double up filters this is Fade all leave strong reds and NoonDaySun about 50% each

Another favorite is NoonDay Sun.  Almost reminiscent of our C41 to E6 X process era

Another favorite is NoonDay Sun. Almost reminiscent of our C41 to E6 X process era

My pick of Images of Katie in my most used B/W Daguerreotype 75% grain 43%

My pick of Images of Katie in my most used B/W Daguerreotype 75% grain 43%

May 13, 2014#

Natural Light vs Studio Light May 19 & 20 on creativeLIVE

I want to break lighting down to the easiest way to shoot Studio Portraits in Natural light and then replicate each set up in Studio light to try the same look with both.  I will do the Natural light segment and Felix will replicate it.  I first met Felix when he assisted a shoot with Lara Jade I really look forward to this challenge to see how closely we can combine our skills and create some beautiful work for you Posing Maps Lighting Maps and teach you more about light.  I am most looking forward to learning myself he is a very talented photographer and an open teacher and natural sharer.

About – Felix Kunze: is an editorial and commercial portrait photographer. Felix was born in Berlin, grew up in the UK and now lives in New York City. He focuses on non-models and places regular people in exaggerated situations that highlight an aspect of who they are. Having worked with the top fashion & portrait photographers on earth and through his wealth of experience, he’s known as a lighting specialist. www.felixkunze.com

Monday 19th 9am PST Session One and Two will start with Creating Flat soft beauty light and how I remove and manipulate natural light for contrast and direction.  I will have a female model and a male model to light them both differently according to gender, then Felix will replicate the shots in Studio light no available light at all.

Flat soft light for Beauty Images to more contrast and direction - Image One is side light but bounced in with white reflectors. Image Two is in the same spot with a black half shell pulling light and a small reflector just on one side of the face.  Image Three has side window light one large stationary reflector pulled back on the 45

Flat soft light for Beauty Images to more contrast and direction – Image One is side light but bounced in with white reflectors. Image Two is in the same spot with a black half shell pulling light and a small reflector just on one side of the face. Image Three has side window light one large stationary reflector pulled back on the 45

Monday afternoon Session Three will start with creating Beautiful Studio Portraits in Natural light and then replicate in Studio light exploring a more fashion style portrait.

The focus here is to I know hoe to create this look in natural light so I will teach all of these directions and tricks and then Felix will teach the same scenarios achievable in studio light.

The focus here is to I know hoe to create this look in natural light so I will teach all of these directions and tricks and then Felix will teach the same scenarios achievable in studio light.

Monday Afternoon Session Four we will Use light control to create Silhouettes and Film noir Images most popular with body work, Fine Art nudes and boudoir. We will talk about posing for these genres how I sculpt bodies into available light and how Felix sculpts light into bodies.  We have a female and Male model for this section they cannot be nude but they will be body models (this means undies)

I sculpt bodies around available light - Felix sculpts light on bodies.

I sculpt bodies around available light – Felix sculpts light on bodies.

Day Two Session One its all about that back light YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE IT the question is can Felix recreate it (Sue cracks her knuckles)

The backlight is a huge part of my studio portrait session.  It takes a lot of bouncing sculpting and patience but when you harness it, it creates magic

The backlight is a huge part of my studio portrait session. It takes a lot of bouncing sculpting and patience but when you harness it, it creates magic

Day Two Session Two HOLLYWOOD style, Glamour, styling, Posing and Lighting No natural light for this session all studio light.  I am styling and preparing a Hollywood starlet for Felix to create his magic. I am drawing a Hollywood Posing guide for you.  Prepare to be inspired by this genre my clients are flipping over it.  After Felix and I did the Hollywood shoot for animoto I have been shooting and studying this beautiful genre like crazy.  I was lucky enough to shoot with makeup guru Bruce Grayson this last week he is the epitome of Hollywood Glam a genius makeup artist that grew up with a legend Father that did makeup for all the stars during this era CHECK OUT BRUCE HERE follow him on twitter @Brugray

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Day Two Session Three & Four Felix Photoshops and Sue Photoshops how I retouch natural light to make it look more studio and learn some of Felix’s most loved tricks.  Alienskin is a big part of our process so we will show you our favorite go to recipes and also I will record day ones retouching and show you Sue vs Felix that you saw shot the day before.

Click this link to Enroll here JOIN US MAY 19 & 20 Take Monday and Tuesday off and join us for a power packed two days of everything Portrait light.  Remember this is a free worldwide classroom I know this workshop will have a huge impact on not only my work but yours too and I really look forward to teaching and learning alongside you.

October 28, 2013#

2 days left ‘Create the Incredible’ rebroadcast

I’m still playing with the shoots from this ‘Create the Incredible’ workshop with Lara Jade so fun the artist in me is all invigorated. The replay will loop all day today at this link CHECK IT OUT

If you want to enter the ‘Create the Incredible Competition’ for all the details and links CLICK HERE entries close November 13th

Tuesday on the Broadcast a new conversation Pricing You and Portraits. Lets open that conversation and hash it out together I will blog all the details here tomorrow morning and we can direct personal questions to the blog.

Canon 5D mark iii 50mm 1.2 f/2.8 250/s ISO 640 Natural light

Canon 5D mark iii 50mm 1.2 f/2.8 250/s ISO 640 Natural light

10% off any purchase from the Alien Skin store. Code: SBR1320 through Nov 8th

10% off any purchase from the Alien Skin store. Code: SBR1320 through Nov 8th

As you see I edited this image live and added the canvas backdrop but there is no other editing than dodge/burn and AlienSkin at 50% less grain

September 5, 2013#

Your playing small does NOT serve the World

That call that you dread from anyone that you love. “Hi my Sista, are you sitting down I have something to tell you . . . so, I have Breast Cancer” Suddenly every stupid thing in the world means nothing. That boy that’s being a thorn in the side, the nasty comment you read on Facebook this morning nothing. Nothing matters because this stuff jumps up to remind you how fragile life is and to quote Marianne Williamson. “Your playing small does NOT serve the World”

This is Shireen Hammond.

She has been my friend for 4 Years 3 months I met her in my first year of moving to Australia. There are some people that you know instantly you will be my friend. She is kind beautiful positive hardworking a mother of 6 children, a magnificent singer a wife to the best husband around and truly nice person whom never says a bad word about anybody. She just doesn’t.

Shireen is a beautiful Wedding Photographer and has spent many years building her business with Robert her husband. SO Well yes, those things that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday was “You have Breast Cancer it is in your Lymph nodes you need a Mastectomy and Chemo” and just like that life changes.

Sue Bryce Shireen 1 copy

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If life has taught me anything it has taught me to show up for your friends especially the ones that show up for you. So I took Simona and Kristie and we flew to Melbourne to shoot Shireen before her surgery. The rest is Shireen’s story, she’s been documenting her journey she didn’t know if she would or could share it but now she is ready. She has documented her story to share it. Because she has friends that are also experiencing the journey of Breast Cancer and loss because she has a supportive Husband and children and knows that so many Women out there are alone through this battle and because she wants to beat it with dignity and grace and show that its a tough battle but you are not alone. Like Jill Shireen is someone that gives and gives even when she should be receiving and her desire to share inspire and help others is strong. Jill taught me to live a Fuller Richer Braver life to share my photography and to never take anything for granted.

I feel so much gratitude to give the gift of documenting life and telling peoples stories for them. This was such a hard story to capture because I felt all of her pain and fear but I also felt her hope. I am editing the video that I shot of her that day, when Shireen is ready she will share it and she is inviting anyone who would like to share support reach out help or needs help to her FB page.

You can join here https://www.facebook.com/bbacjwsh?ref=ts&fref=ts

Sue Bryce Shireen 8 copy

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I love you Shireen Hammond you are a shining light.

July 16, 2013#

2 little Doodles and A Naked Woman

I have been travelling since December and this is the first time back in Sydney, 2013 has been a crazy fun time. I had a little rummage through my storage It’s like Christmas finding all your favourite books and shoes. I came across my sketch pad and thought I would share three of my favs. The sketches I did as quick doodles and I love doing these but the First image is something I worked on for a book I wrote about Body Image 13 years ago and never published. I called her: Tallulah she represents ‘the image of Woman’ she speaks volumes about body image and the meaning of shame.

Artwork Sue Bryce 1

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April 2, 2013#

A dream come true – A hand painted backdrop by Oliphant

This is my new back drop. I haven’t had a chance to talk much about it as I have been locked in a voracious schedule shooting 28days. When I found this image and saw her toe on the edge I thought oooo I must post this.

There are certain things you dream of owning when you are new in business/photography life sometimes seems like a constant uphill. But I have always had dreams. One day I will own an Oliphant backdrop hand painted just for me from NYC. I cried when I opened it. I cried. I truly honoured myself buying it. I love it.

http://www.ostudio.com/

Such a simple dream that represents so much to me. It’s not even a big investment for the use I got the first week I owned it. Just one of those things that you desire but don’t need but dream of having and now its mine. I worked hard for this and I feel unbelievable gratitude every time I look at it, yes a backdrop. Thats a goal isn’t it. TICK . . . what next.

Sue Bryce Oliphant

September 3, 2012#

A little girl with great big plans.

A mini Film by Hailey Bartholomew www.youcantbeserious.com.au I’m bringing Hailey to creativeLIVE in January Showreels & Showing off. YAH
Check Hailey’s Showreel her beautiful work on Vimeo and her 365grateful page (It’s a life changer)

I wanted to share this story. Inspired by an old Britney Spears song would you believe. ‘I’m not a girl, but still not a Woman’ to connect to the teenage/Seniors School market. Im so exhausted after my creativeLIVE week I will have to return at a later date to tell more story. I will simply say this. Hailey Bartholomew D.O.P Film Maker & Great Mum and all around super human being, you amaze me. Mindy Gledhill your music is out of this world gorgeous. Triple Scoop Music thank you for bringing great artists to the accessible realm for photographers. Anna, your light is so bright, your love of running and the pure joy you exude is infectious, good luck training for the next Olympics. Thank you for letting me be your Photographer.

Let our girls be girls. Let them become Women slowly. Women of substance. Help teach your children acceptance by being gentle with your self first. Love Sue. x

Little Girl with Great Big Plans from InBedWithSue.com on Vimeo.

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