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March 28, 2015#

when you find yourself with a backdrop asking for more attention than your client

Take back the contrast or embrace it? I have always run run run from busy backdrops when boudoir photographers around the world were purchasing those black and white damask backdrops I was shaking my head with a hell no.  What happens however when you’re on location and you don’t have a choice.  Do you run from it or embrace it. I posted a photo from this shoot and there was an instant splitting of very strong opinions between like and don’t like so I edited the shoot dropping the contrast and embracing it, here is how I did it and I hope it helps you when you find yourself with a backdrop asking for more attention than your client.

Canon 5D iii ISO 640 1/50s 1.8 (for background and hair blur) 50mm 1.2 lens Light Kinoflo thru scrim Late afternoon light

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Out of camera tones are very soft and neutral, obviously throwing yellow.

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Open in PS and up curves for a little more contrast.

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Open in Alienskin Polaroid SX-70 Blend 75% –  one of my top used like it but keep looking

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Color fading – Color Photo Warm Skin at 40% (definitely like the contrast and color pop)

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Stay in fading Kodachrome 40% with dust and scratches removed subdued and more grungy not a beauty look

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and thats what I stayed with Kodachrome 40% with dust and scratches removed up the contrast a little.  Once I find the tone and mood of an image in editing I generally stick with the same tone of all the sequence of images in that one outfit or backdrop.  I like uniformity it looks more professional and you definitely see consistency which is a good thing.

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Out of camera: Some people would be horrified when images came out so flat and neutral but my camera picture style setting is set to neutral with two stops contrast dialed down.  What I get is an even perfectly exposed image that I can do anything with. Before you flip over that statement my work has always had a flatness and softness to it it is my signature look.  So before you start to preach to me about the RULES remember I don’t follow them.

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I have always been drawn to cold editing I like anything that takes the skin tones slightly away from red which is normal.  I have always liked slightly desaturated images so my go too here was Color Films Vintage Kodachrome 35mm faded (Would you believe a film I actually shot on for years in the 90’s)

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Color Fading Color Photo Warm Skin so I also try the opposite because how do you know unless you try this whole fading set is seriously yummy

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I ended up with this Polaroid 600 Brown Highlights then I went to textures and put a texture over it. Dial back the texture over the face with Protect and drop the opacity of the texture for subtlety

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The texture gives the wallpaper a vintage look there is contrast on her and a more faded look on the backdrop

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Pulled away from wall a little more a nice shallow f/1.8 and soft light on the face

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experimented with the cold tones and then the warms

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I actually finished with this a perfect mix of both this was the warmer of the two with command B plus 10 blue and command M curves more contrast

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Out of camera This was my first light test before I bought a reflector close to her obviously sitting on the edge of under exposed more drama on the face but I really liked it the natural shadow around her face this not what I normally do, you know I like to bring up the face light and flat so I wondered if I edited it a little gutsy and dramatic if I could make it work

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Straight to the polaroid filters because they are the drama filters I like the best

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This was in the Vintage range and towards Cyan

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and then I went Textures used protect around the face and cropped a little tighter

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Tessa is building a model folio to try to get model work I enjoyed being a little bit more fashion in my otherwise glam portrait world and it’s always good to try something new.

February 24, 2015#

Alien Skin Strobe demonstration on Gear Day creativeLIVE

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59" Deep Dish Octobox Elinchrom on an Elinchrom Strobe Canon 5D mark iii Background: Black Vflat Reflector: White Vflat

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November 5, 2014#

Adding textures and tones

I do everything the hack way as most of you know although I refer to it as the fast way.  After all I had to teach myself photoshop and by the time there was internet accessible education I was long set in my ways.  I posted a pic of a girl with a large hair piece yesterday and everyone asked about it so here is how I apply textures.  Not all images need or look good with a texture added I almost never do it to a standard portrait.  If I am doing something a little more stylized or arty then I definitely do.  Sometimes its good to put a little texture on a really plain background you can keep the texture off the subject.

This was the first beautiful image I found so I will use this it doesn’t really need a texture as such I would just run this through AlienSkin and pick a tone I love but its a good example.  I shot this in the makeup room at the studio in natural light one window.

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This is the texture I used it is a shot of parchment paper. You can go crazy making textures a good tip is have ONE folder called textures I shoot textures all the time when I see them and I can never find them.

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Open the image and the texture in photoshop and I crop them the same size as it’s faster than resizing (Just my opinion theres so many ways to do it) then I drag the texture on top and I use the eraser tool on about 20 percent with a soft brush and feather back around her face and skin.

Try not to leave any texture on the skin it’s noticeably wrong.

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Then in Layers (Because the texture is sitting on top as a layer) I drop back the opacity usually between 20 – 40 % but it depends on how much you want.

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When you are happy save and flatten then I open in AlienSkin to choose a tone and look I want.  If you dont use AlienSkin you can apply any layer or finish or action.  I do this at the end so it tones the image and the texture and it cohesively brings the image together

AlienSkin action Color and Color Fading are my favorites but there are lots to chose from I flick through until I see the image mood pop out.

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I also love the vintage B/Ws but I prefer them with out the borders and scratches

 

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My go to B/W I use for everything is in B/W Vintage Daguerreotype drop the grain 20% I love gutsy B/W always did from film days

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If a texture competes remove it.  If you look more at the texture than the subject remove it if you see texture on the skin brush it back sometimes when you are shooting on boring Vflats or painted plain walls a little texture is just what you need.

June 20, 2014#

Shooting the Backlight, Light leaks on AlienSkin

 

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Late Afternoon 5D mark iii 50mm 2.8 640 ISO Shooting through twigs light behind client no reflector. Color edit Alien skin Polaroid 600 faded plus Light Leak for rainbow color. The BW I did on top of the color filter so I ran it twice in AS thats why it has that dirty look which I love.

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Late Afternoon 5D mark iii 50mm 2.8 640 ISO Shooting against Borganvillia light behind client no reflector. Light Leak for rainbow color.

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Late Afternoon 5D mark iii 50mm 2.8 640 ISO Shooting into light, light behind client no reflector. No color editing SOOC.(Straight out of camera no Alienskin) How much is to much flare? Move around the subject left and right up and down let the light come into your lens and then pull back, try as many angles as you can.

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Image one is beautiful but the light is leaking over her eyes a little to much so I shifted down a few images and got image 2 this is the final shot I chose. Color edit Polaroid 600 faded with light leak added for the rainbow effect. A huge thank you to AlienSkin because this is the image they have put on Exposure 6 YAH

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How much is to much light? can you save an image with too much flare? I love how far I pushed this color edit warm orange double layered with Faded – Kodacolor 1942 and then add some texture on the left flowers from the Borganvillia shot above. There is a fine line between to much flare but if you are going to be more Arty and Illustrative then maybe your styling and posing should better reflect the style. Example eyes down hair blowing etc instead of portrait eyes to camera. Just wanted to see if you can push an image this flared.

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How much is to much light? can you save an image with too much flare? I love how far I pushed this color edit warm orange double layered with Faded – Kodacolor 1942 and then add some texture on the left flowers from the Borganvillia shot above. There is a fine line between to much flare but if you are going to be more Arty and Illustrative then maybe your styling and posing should better reflect the style. Example eyes down hair blowing etc instead of portrait eyes to camera. Just wanted to see if you can push an image this flared.

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seconds after the light had dropped behind the blue wall I pushed her back against the wall and shot this as the last shot of the day no flare. Tip my fav Alienskin filter is in Color – fade all leaving strong reds look what its done to this wall.

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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 20, 2013#

A Marathon play on Facebook & a great discount

18 Months ago I was invited to Seattle to teach my very first creativeLIVE workshop. I have been in this industry for just over 24 years. I have built a business from the ground up with no money no idea and a whole lot of blood sweat and tears. creativeLIVE was created as an incredible resource to share education internationally for free. It exists to lift inspire educate and empower the creative community all around the world. I have given everything I have to give and grow my industry as I know the bumps and hurdles fears pains and lessons have made me the photographer and business person I am today. There was no support for our industry like this for the first 20 years I was learning through it and now it is both accessible and within your reach. I teach contemporary Portrait marketing and business, I specialise in posing and shooting natural light. My intent is to lift this industry as high as I can, to educate photographers to make money doing what they love, to show you that it is achievable that whole live your dreams thing and to bring portraiture up to value it deserves. Enjoy these classes, learn and apply all you can stay connected and work hard to master your own fears and your own business because you are worth this. The team at creativeLIVE are among the most incredible people I’ve have ever met they are like family to me. I like them so much I have stayed in Seattle and will remain here till April 2014. I thank you for your support and following I have loved watching you grow I read the thousands of emails I receive and am amazed at your growth both personally in business and photographically the emails of doubling and tripling your income of light bulb moments and gratitude just blow me away. I am the lucky one to be part of this and I have grown the most over the last year and a half I thank you thank you thank you.

I am hosting a private Marathon Workshop Video watch on my business FaceBook page CLICK THIS LINK to watch my workshops this week
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Here is the schedule for the rebroadcasts they will play through the week so you can see which course will help build your business to the next level:

• Mon, Oct 21: Glamour Photography
• Tue, Oct 22: Inside the Glamour Studio
• Wed, Oct 23: A Shoot with Sue
• Thu, Oct 24: Showreels with Hailey Bartholomew
• Fri, Oct 25: 28 Days with Sue (Intro + 4 sessions)
• Sat, Oct 26: Marketing and Promotion
• Sun, Oct 27: Bumps to Babies with Kelly Brown
• Mon, Oct 28: Experimental Portraits with Lara Jade

Through to the end of the month of October you can also get 25% off any of these class videos. Click any of the links above and use the coupon code OctoberSue when you checkout at creativeLIVE.

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October 20, 2013#

Autumn Photo critique

creativeLIVE is NOT selling this course it just free. For you.

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Learn more.
What are you struggling with?
Show us where you are at.
What do you need help with?

A critique is not a competition it’s about what you need to learn. This is a free course to help you lift your game. There are three genres Wedding Commercial and Portrait and then sub categories. I will have live models on set for portrait Boudoir Glamour & Family to demonstrate. I share the stage with these amazing educators Bambi Cantrell Scott Robert Lim and John Cornicello that all really teach and they have years of experience.

We need your submissions by this Monday 5pm PST
Enrol to watch and upload your images. click this link

http://www.creativelive.com/courses/autumn-photo-critique

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October 18, 2013#

Create the Incredible – Have fun be creative, enter and play

Last week on creativeLIVE I shot this image.

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We decided to keep the fun and creativity going so we put this image in dropbox so you can download it, retouch it and enter it in our little competition. You have three weeks to Create the Incredible with it cut off date for entires is November 13th. We look forward to how many amazing different creative ideas you can come up with on one image. You may enter more than one image but it must be THIS image with your creative spin.

Download the Terms and Conditions and the Image here and have fun playing CREATE PLAY

Email your finished entry to info@suebryce.com before Nov 13th
Include your name and your website link to the email
Final entry date is November 13th 2013 5pm PST all entires will be loaded on Sue Bryce Business Facebook page and judged by SUe Bryce & Lara Jade. The winner will receive a one hour mentoring session on Skype with Sue or Lara

IF you want to purchase this course at a special discount rate use this special code Coupon Code: OCTOBERSUE Discount: 25% off any Sue Bryce course in cL catalog. This expires on Oct 31 in FACT ANY OF MY CATALOGUE I have a special code for you

Buy this course 25% off Code: OCTOBERSUE till Oct 31 click here ‘Create the Incredible experimental Portraits with Sue Bryce & Lara Jade’
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