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Pencil Sketch Portrait

A few week ago, I took this portrait of Melanie, as part of a studio shoot. This weekend, I learned a new photo editing technique, which converts a photograph into a pencil sketch – or an image that looks like a pencil sketch.

For those of you familiar with Photoshop, this process involves, in part, 1) a blend mode of Divide, 2) Gausian Blur, 3) converting for Smart Filters, 4) running the poster edge filter in the artistic filter gallery, and 5) another blend mode change to Linear Burn. Whew!

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To see how this looks up close, here’s a detail of the “pencil sketch”  below.  I’m excited to do more of these sketch portraits – no pencils required!

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

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Using Photo Filters in Portraits

Recently, I’ve been experimenting with various filters in Photoshop and other image editing software. With the photograph above, taken last year with my friend Lindsay, this is the original version of the image. In editing the picture the first time around, I used a fairly traditional approach. The soft overall studio lighting was emphasized to provide a very flattering and feminine look for the portrait.

Today, I went back to this photograph to try a different approach. In Color Efex Pro, a “plug-in” filter for Photoshop made by Nik Software, I made a number of changes. Primarily, the tonal contrast was increased and the overall color saturation was reduced. The resulting image below has a somewhat “gritty”and dramatic feel and is a very popular look today, even for portraits of women.

The options of editing with filters today are unlimited. There’s no right or wrong way to to do this work – it’s a matter of what you are trying to achieve with the photograph.

Which of these two versions of the portrait appeal to you? I’d love to hear from you!

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

Using Special Effects Filters

In a shoot last week with my friend, Tori, we did some old Hollywood-style headshots, with dramatic lighting, The image above worked well, but I’m always trying to consider alternative ways to edit an picture. So I tried a tighter crop, aiming for a higher impact and more engagement with the viewer. 

 

From this tighter crop, I thought about other ways to treat the image. Recently, I’ve been experimenting with some amazing filters from Nik Software. The one below, from Nik Color Efex Pro 4, is called “vintage film.”

Which of the three images do you like best? I’d love to hear from you!

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