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Posts Tagged ‘Darien CT Portrait Photographer’

“Open and Shut”

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I’m beginning to do more work in composite images. This is a process where two or more images are combined in one picture. In this picture, which I named “Open and Shut,” three images were used.

Capture0035I photographed Catherine in the studio on a white background. Here’s one of the unedited pictures. I took two pictures in rapid succession, asking her to close her eyes after the first picture, but not move anything else.

The first picture, with her eyes open, is at left. The one with her eyes closed is exactly the same – well, except her eyes are closed. With the image of her eyes closed, I flipped it horizontally in Photoshop. So, as you can see in the final image above, she’s almost a mirror image of herself. Then, I needed a background, so I searched many stock image sites and perhaps looked at a thousand or more pictures.

 

 

3d Illustration of Abstract Interior Background or Wallpaper

I wasn’t quite sure what would work well with the two Catherines. After a few hours, I came across the image on the right. With the open windows on the left and blank panels on the right, it seemed the perfect reflection of the two model images. The blue would not have looked natural with the warm tones of the Catherines, so I changed the color of the room in Photoshop.

Then – the problem was how to cut Catherine out of her white background. With her hair, this would be really tricky and time-consuming. I’d heard about a service in Thailand that is expert in masking. I sent them the two images and they sent me back cutouts of Catherine on blank backgrounds. Every hair was included – an amazing job.Then I combined the three images in one Photoshop file, placing her in what I felt was a realistic position relative to the background.

One photographer I really like who does a lot or work with composite images is Joel Grimes. Check out his beautiful and creative photographs on his website. Grimes’ work has really inspired me.

Even though I used a stock image for the background and farmed out the masking, this picture took about 6 hours to create in Photoshop. But it was a labor of love. Thanks, Catherine, being such a great model for this project!

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”

 

 

 

Connecting through Images Online

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The internet continues to amaze me, even after all these years.

Last week, a designer and university professor at Northern  Kentucky University, Hans Schellhas, sent me an email and asked if he could use one of my photographs for a design competition he was entering. I said “yes.”  The photo, of a ballet dancer, is incorporated into Hans’ design for a street poster, above.

There are over 200,000 images uploaded, just to Facebook, every MINUTE. I forgot to ask Hans how he found my image – I’m guessing he Googled “ballet images” and chose it out of a dizzying multitude of pictures.

Of course, Hans could have just lifted my picture without asking permission – this happens all the time to photographers. I appreciated his honesty in coming to me for permission.

Others from the US and foreign countries have found my work online. A man who writes a blog about clocks asked permission to use an image of mine of the famous clock over the information counter at Grand Central Station. Another gentleman from England saw some images I’d taken of Philip Johnson’s Glass House and hired me to go back to the Glass House and shoot a specific view from the interior of the house for a commercial project.  Increasingly, new clients come to me, have searched online for photographers in our local area here in Connecticut.

We’re connecting more and more with one another through the internet. We take it for granted now, but it still amazes me. Good luck with your competition, Hans!

Here’s the original of my image of Kristen, the ballet dancer. 

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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Different Backgrounds and Wardrobe

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When I’m shooting headshots, I always suggest to the client that we try several wardrobe looks. This is for a couple of reasons.

First, we don’t really know how an outfit is going to look in a picture until we take it. So we’ll try two or three outfits to see what works best. And I try different backgrounds as well. Secondly, the client may need different looks for different purposes.

Connor, a college student, needed a fairly formal look as he begins to explore career opportunities after graduation. He’ll likely use the tie and coat image above for this purpose.

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Notice how different the second image looks without the tie and with a white background. His smile and expression are fairly close in the two pictures but the second photograph has a very different feel.

Finally, we shot the informal picture, below. Connor is a very personable and engaging young man. I know he’ll do well out in the job market – and I’m hoping these images will play a helpful role!

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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