Some photographers consider Photoshop an essential tool for retouching portraits, but I take a different approach and believe that most photographers can do all the portrait retouching they need to in Lightroom.
Duncan Fawkes is a landscape photographer who recently moved to Australia. He’s also the author of The Perfect Shutter, one of Craft & Vision’s newest titles. Duncan’s landscape photos are characterised by the moody light and subtle use of colour. He’s an intelligent writer and a gifted teacher and I recommend that you check out his book – it’s become a firm favourite of mine. It’s illustrated by Duncan’s beautiful and inspirational photos and is an excellent guide to the art of landscape photography.
Instagram seems to be growing in popularity for photographers who want to share and promote their work. So, considering all the activity on the social networking site, wouldn’t it be great to upload photos to it directly from Lightroom? Up until recently you couldn’t – one of the quirks of Instagram is that you can only upload images from your mobile device.
Photography websites are a wonderful source of inspiration and invaluable self-promotional tools.
With the right website, stock photographers can sell their photos, wedding photographers can display their best work in online portfolios and hobbyists can share their favourite images with the world.
But what if you have no idea how to build a website? Whether you’re a pro with thousands of pounds to spend, or you have a budget of exactly zero, there’s a solution for you.
The thought of creating or commissioning a photography website can be daunting if you don’t know much about web design. But before you even begin to think about how, the important question to answer is why. It’s so easy for anybody to have an account on Tumblr, 500px or Flickr that you may be wondering exactly why a photographer would need their own website or blog. So let’s dive in and take a look at some of the benefits a good quality website will bring you.
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Last week I showed you how you can use the UltraBlack Lightroom Develop Presets from Creative Presets to process portraits (click the link to catch up on the article).
Lightroom is a powerful Raw converter that works extremely well for black and white conversions. But it doesn’t do everything, which is why there are plug-ins (such as Silver Efex Pro 2, part of the Nik Collection, or Tonality Pro) you can download or buy to enhance your black and white photos even further.
A candid portrait is one where the subject is unaware that a photo has been taken. Henri Cartier-Bresson is considered a master of this, and his photos were reproduced regularly in articles about candid portraiture in the photography magazines I read when I started out in photography.