Posts Tagged ‘color’

High Key Glamour Look

In a recent studio shoot with Amelia, a NYC-based actor and graduate student in drama education, we created this glamour image. The original image is shown below; the image above is a “high key” version.

The high key look is very popular today in fashion magazines – bright, dramatic, but still maintaining sharp details. From my original image file, I converted to a high key look with NIk Color Efex Pro, a terrific “plug-in” software that works with Adobe Photoshop. The conversion took just a few clicks – doing it manually would have been a fair amount of time-consuming work.

Which version of the image do you like better?  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.

 

 

Ricky and Ryan

One of my favorite shoots each fall is with these handsome young men, Ricky and Ryan. The shoot is partly about creating images for the family holiday card. We’ve usually done the shoot in my studio. This year, we had a beautiful Columbus Day and took the pictures outside, at the boys’ school.

These are terrific and happy kids, who always come up with easy smiles.  We have great fun together, thinking up pose ideas and just enjoying the experience of the shoot. Thank-you, Mom, for thinking of me again this year!

Gentle reader, I’d be pleased to photograph your children – or the whole family!

After seeing the pictures, Mom writes: “Wow! The pictures are gorgeous! The colors are so bright, and I love the background. The boys look so handsome and happy! Thank you so much for all of your time and care.”

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

our perceptions of people in pictures

Today I’m posting three more images from my recent fashion shoot with Nicole. If you missed the post from June 15th, you can see it at Beauty Lighting.  If you go back and forth between the beauty shots and these images, the look is very different – not just because Nicky’s hair is pulled back in the beauty images. The lighting makes a huge difference in how we perceive a portrait image, as do many other aspects of the picture. I believe there’s lots of subconscious stuff going on as we view photographs.  The colors, the pose and expression, the closeness to the subject and our own experiences and memory of people we’ve seen in real life, movies, etc. all impact how we respond to an image.

Here’s an experiment. Choose one of the images in this post. Spend some time looking at it. Try to imagine what the subject – Nicole – is like. What is her personality? How does her voice sound?  How old is she? What are her interests? What are her dreams? I’m guessing you can conjure up a pretty full and detailed description of Nicole in your imagination. Now look at one of the images from the June 15th post. Does your perception of Nicole from the beauty image differ from how you imagine her after looking at the first photograph? How does it differ?

Let me know how this experiment turns out for you!

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