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Archive for the ‘My Photo Biz’ Category

Melanie Posterized

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Recently, I had the pleasure of shooting for the second time with Melanie, a young French model. Here’s one of the closeup portraits we did. Faithful readers will recall I often try to work hands into my portraits to add character and expression.

After making this fairly traditional edit in Photoshop, I decided to try a posterized version, which appears below.

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The posterized effect is an “artistic filter” in Photoshop. What do you think? Not to everyone’s taste for sure, but I think it works well for this photograph. To see the posterization more clearly, I’ve put a closeup detail of this image below.

Your comments and reactions are most welcome – either on the blog, in an email or a comment on my Facebook page.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.
“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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Architectural Interiors

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This past fall, I had the privilege of doing a project for Joe Bruno of Darien Woodworking. Joe designs and builds beautiful custom-made cabinetry and millwork. We photographed some of his creations in four gorgeous houses in Fairfield County, for Joe’s website and marketing materials.

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I’ve done some architectural photography, but I leaned heavily for advice on my good friend, Will Austin, a Seattle-based photographer who specializes in architectural photography. Thanks so much for your invaluable help, Will!

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Shooting architecture is hard! You want to be sure your vertical lines are – vertical. Then there are all the usual issues of composition, exposure, perspective and color balance. The goal was to represent Joe’s work in the best possible “light.”  I was assisted in the shoot by Joe’s wife, Gretchen, a partner at 341 Studios, who helped with styling the images, providing another creative eye, holding lights and a host of other things. Many thanks, Gretchen!

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These homes are lived in. This added a bit of stress – we obviously wanted to be careful not to disturb (or – gulp – break!) any of the possessions as we moved around with light stands, tripods, etc.  Also, we wanted to work fairly quickly so we didn’t impose too much on the homeowners’ time. But everyone was truly gracious, accommodating and friendly.

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I learned a lot on these shoots and look forward to doing more architectural work. Thanks, Joe, for the opportunity. I hope the images will help you land a lot of new work in 2014 and beyond!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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Headshots – Different Concepts

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More and more in my client work, I’m finding that people will come in for business headshots, but also want to try other portrait concepts at the same time. This is fun for me!

Recently, Frank came to the studio needing business headshots. Frank is an executive with a well-known Fortune 500 company, and so the look had to be fairly traditional and conservative. The headshot above is one of the images he’ll likely use for the company website, LinkedIn, etc.

But Frank also wanted to try some different concepts for personal use – something darker, edgier, more dramatic. He brought a couple of images he liked as pose ideas, one of a famous writer, another of a current TV star. In the picture below, I used a much harsher light and we processed the image quite differently in Photoshop.

What concepts would you like to try for your next portrait shoot? I’m ready!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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