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I am an artist god dammit!!! Okay at the end of the day. I need to edit fast. I want to play at the same time, this is where I create my final image. I can delegate my editing but the final finish of my work will always be mine. I LOVE ALienSkin thats all I’m going to say check it out.
When I did my A Shoot w Sue on creativeLIVE this week. I called AlienSkin and told them I bought their software 6 months ago and I love it and want to edit with it live. I asked if they would give someone a free download bundle and they did. They also put up this discount code 10 for 2 weeks. Yah enjoy I believe there is a trial download. I just bought it and now I use it everyday.
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This is Jessica her Red hair is just amazing.
I can pretend NOT to be to concerned what the Photographic community in general are doing, with regards to trends and actions. But the truth is we do trend, and when we do we create market driven product. When we trend there are two reactions – the people that run with it and the anti trend setters that are busy being what everyone else is not (which by the way starts a new trend ha) We are followers by nature. Part of me thinks I know about being different, because I kept Glamour alive when it was a filthy word so I was going against the grain for most of my career.
BUT, I am also totally open to admit that I have tried, experimented and enjoyed most trends that have come and gone in the last 23 years. Film Styles E6 cross processed & 3200 35mm BW the list goes on. . . shooting styles and Yes that includes Actions, treatments and certain looks. People always email me and ask if they can buy my actions and I don’t have any. I use Totally Rad Actions Jesh De Rox Actions, Itty Bitty Textures by Jinky Art and Sheye Rosemeyers Eye Candy, all of them I love. But they do not make the base of my Style/Brand they simply enhance certain images when they fit.
Getting to the point of this blog. I wrote a guest blog post 2 years ago about Actions and someone ripped me apart blah blah unoriginal bad form using actions instead of being better educated WHAT EVA. It occurred to me in this moment, that actions and trends are everywhere but what I have been really trying to do for 10 years (since I transitioned into digital) is replicate FILM. I finally think with the amazing cameras that we now have and the editing software available to us that replicates all of the old film styles we are finally there. I choose an image open it in Photoshop RAW and then when I open it in Photoshop I choose the tone and mood of the image, like below. Would love to hear what film editing software you are playing with?
All of these images are treated with Curves not actions. All of them create entirely different moods and I like them all.
“I don’t want to photograph anybody famous, I want to photograph Sandra from Canada and Amanda from Florida…I want to photograph any woman in the world who’s ever looked in the mirror and not felt good about herself at any time in her life. I want to photograph her every year through the changes of her teenage life, through her 20s, through her 30s, through her 40s, through her 50s, and as she flowers into her most beautiful-ness. I want to photograph her every year of her life to watch and celebrate the changes of who she is and what she is, so she can experience how she looks to other people”
22 years ago Glamour looked like this . . . and now it looks like this. . . (yes that 80′s shot is me he he)
GLAMOUR – Its all I’ve ever done, all I’ve ever wanted to do and now I feel like it can come back and be new and empowering and exciting, both for your clients and your brand. It doesn’t concern me if you are not interested in shooting beauty or glamour, maybe you found me because you read that I built a really great boutique business and my start up story is both inspiring and easy to achieve if you have the drive, or the heart, or the balls. . . . ha or maybe you heard that I have the cooolest ever-est marketing plan and want to create strong goals for your business or maybe you just need to bring some gorgeous feminine posing into your current brand. I think the best thing you can bring your clients this coming year is Service, Connection and lots of attracting that female consumer (because she is the one that is booking you) whatever your reason for coming here, I welcome you. Also I thank you for your feedback, support and friendship. I hear a LOT of people say, “people will listen to you but they won’t do anything with it” and yet I searched the word inspiration on my email account and got 1132 emails from this year with that word. So inspiring Sue so inspirational Sue. But I want more, I want you to succeed . . I want you to be better . . I want you to be happy and more successful. (Whatever success means to you)
People also ask me why do you give away so much, and I believe that every time I teach a photographer to lift their game and shoot a little better, sign those contracts, honour your pricelist. I lift the entire game of the Professional Portrait industry, as a collective. We are a body of professionals and our industry must stick together with both standards and education.
While you holiday, remember I’ll be here editing and uploading content to the new site. I don’t say that to make you feel sorry for me, it’s a choice you see. I’m just so excited I can’t contain it any longer. I have so many huge fun and exciting announcements and groovy things to share with you in January, I will keep blogging tid bits throughout the holiday so stop by and hola. Holidays season is always a time to regenerate, reset your business and personal goals and be amongst the people you love.
Stay well and happy and I thank you with all my heart for coming to my blog. I hope to BLOW you away next year, may you experience growth success and everything you dream of for 2012. I know my DREAMS are already written down and now they are not dreams but goals. I will push my self thru every barrier I have this year. I will challenge my self to be better and to create in my world what I can see in my mind, both personally and in business. I will develop and progress even further as a photographer as an artist and as a human being, and I will try everyday to bring as much joy into my work and life as I can. I hope you join me for the ride
“I walk ahead of myself . . . in the constant expectancy of miracles.” Anais Nin
Love Sue Bryce
Seldex is my choice for the simple reason that their product is well made, affordable with great profitability and Nicole Fitzpatrick excels at customer service. i.e she treats me like a friend and delivers like a business, efficiently. Everyone asks me over and over about my folio so here it is again. I guess my old blogs are getting really old and buried under the last year of blogging. This folio is distributed thru the U.S by Finao. I choose not to do albums for Portrait for wedding yes definitely for Portraits they are time consuming. The box is sold on simplicity, its a keepsake. It can be displayed or keep in a private place. The images can be removed and framed at anytime, and it is the most cost effective way to buy multiple images from me, because you LOVE them all and simply must have them. ; )
I sell this box collection: 6 images $1200 10 images $2000 and 18 images plus wall portrait $3300 although truth be told I do squeeze 20 in there he he.
I do not maximise the potential of this folio if you check out Seldex website you’ll see this box can be printed on the outside and makes an outstanding product for babies and children. It can also be stacked vertically on a bookshelf with the name/age of the child printed on the spine so can create a lifetime collection of the children growing up and keep your clients coming back to you for years. For my genre I prefer the plain box, although I’ve been talking with Nicole regarding designing a Plush series for Sue Bryce.
If you are not already. Using Portraiture by Imagenomic, then buy it NOW. I recorded a little video to show you how awesome this plugin software is. Its fast, efficient and easy to use. Oh I stand humbled the Righteous Photoshop master and I quote. ”SOME IDIOT JUST WROTE ON A FORUM IT’S CLEAR I USE RETOUCHING SOFTWARE How dare he, I wouldn’t touch retouching software blah blah blah!”. Then I saw Portraiture for the first time and I just watched 20 hours of retouching per week, walk out the studio door.
Gone is the stigma, because I don’t care. I am a studio owner. I care about profitability, I care about time management and I care about turning around my product as quickly as I can, so I can Please my client and get their referrals. The biggest complaint I hear in MY studio and lots of others is the work is NOT getting done in time. Now you have no excuses. An investment of $200 people and it paid for itself in the first day.
Portraiture Plug-in for Photoshop for Mac OS X
Portraiture Plug-in for Photoshop for Windows
Portraiture Plug-in for Lightroom for Mac OS X
Portraiture Plug-in for Lightroom for Windows
Most people aren’t using Actions as efficiently as they could be. ANYTHING in Photoshop that has 2 clicks I preset as an Action. So here is a great little tip that Most people don’t know.
1 Go to your Actions window and click the little lines in the top line of the Actions then select Button Mode
2 Actions will then appear as ONE BUTTON click instead of select and then pressing play
3 Because Im a super freak I colour code mine in cute rainbow colours he he Just double click on action while in button mode and change the colour at the bottom
and people always ask how do you move your actions around in Button mode click and drag up to put all your favs in sequence at the top. Enjoy
Im going to take this to the extreme to show a slimming technique that I use. I have always used the warp tool in Free Transform. I do not use liquify. Warp is fast efficient and really easy. This tool is for the little nip/tuck the slimming of the arm. The double chin you accidently caught etc and small corrections that make a big difference to the buyers of the image.
1. Lasso the area you want to move.
2. Copy and paste.
3. Ctl T Free tranform
4. Right click Warp
5. Move the edit points to where you want to warp. Accept.
6. Check for edit point or break points, adjust these by going back into warp. OR
7. Go to the erase tool and lightly feather the edge of the layer at 10 %
8. When you are happy flatten image.
9. Use this responsibly DO NOT over slim it’s unrealistic and looks wrong. DO NOT lose the ‘real’ shape of an arm/waist etc.