Posts Tagged ‘tips’

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A Lightroom CC Workshop…. keepin’ up with the new stuff!

May 4, 2015

Adobe has just dropped a totally new version of Lightroom… Lightroom CC (aka Lightroom 6).  We get some great new features like HDR and Panoramas built in, new ways to control filters, better Web Galleries, and new ways to share and publish your photos.  Perhaps most significant is the continually evolving integration of Lightroom Mobile (for your phone and tablet) and the impact of Smart Previews on your workflow.

Lightroom can now create Panoramas!

Lightroom can now create Panoramas!

I’ll be digging into all these new features and workflow refinements over the next month, and on June 7, I’ll hold a full day workshop so you can get all the cool new info and see how it will improve your life (at least photographically)!

If you’re feeling the need for a Lightroom update, want to get the most from these new developments, or just want to get more out of Lightroom, this will be a great workshop for you!

Workshop Details:
Sunday, June 7   9:30 – 5:00 (1hr break for lunch)
Location: My Studio in Liberty Village
Cost:  $250 (incl. HST)
Advanced Registration and a $50 deposit are required.

Contact me here if you are interested in this workshop:

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Makeup for Photographers

May 23, 2012

The Photographer’s Guide to Makeup:

A workshop presented by Kelly Armstrong

Quite simply, good make-up can make or break any shot involving people, from a basic headshot to an elaborate fashion spread.  In this workshop you’ll learn how to work with a makeup artist to get the best results (and save yourself time retouching!).

Kelly Armstrong, a great freelance makeup artist, will join me to present this informative workshop.

We’ll cover how to select and work with a make-up artist, and what you need to know to get the best results from the partnership.  You’ll have a chance to observe how make-up is applied for photography, and see before and after photos to show the results.

As well, we’ll give you a variety of tips and techniques that you can use when there is no make-up artist for the shoot.  Simple things that you can do at the shoot to save yourself hours of retouching later.

Here are some specific topics we’ll cover:

  • Understanding how make-up works in a photo to enhance to look of your subject
  • Basics of how make-up is applied and why
  • Choosing and working with a make-up artist
  • How to communicate with your Make-up artist about the style and look you’re going for
  • Specific issues to look for and address through make-up
  • Demonstration, including before & after photos, of different styles of makeup
  • How to match the make-up to the lighting style and look of your photographs
  • Differences between “fashion/beauty” make-up and make-up for “real” people
  • What to do when there is no make-up artist
  • Where to send your clients to get make-up done for a portrait
  • Simple make-up techniques that you can apply yourself
  • Items to include in your own “emergency” make-up kit
  • Simple tips for taming hair
  • How to quickly improve hands and legs
  • Of course, since this is a workshop, you’ll have lots of opportunity to ask questions.

You’ll also receive a complete makeup handbook with photos of the various elements and styles of makeup.  You can use this a reference point when dealing with makeup artists, so you can be sure that your communicating clearly.

WORKSHOP DETAILS:

Date: Monday, June 18   6:00- 9:30pm
Location: Davidson Studio, Liberty Village, Toronto
Workshop Fee: $100. & HST
Contact me below to register:

 

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Life’s good when you have a (hard drive) backup plan!

December 6, 2010

I recently had an interesting experience that illustrates why I’m always bugging my students to create a backup plan for their computers and their photography files, and be diligent about keeping up-to-date. I know this doesn’t sound like the most exciting subject, but believe me, without a backup plan I would have gotten rather excited.

Here’s what happened. While shooting some models for a jewelry client, with the camera tethered into Lightroom, I think I must’ve gotten a bit carried away and shot too fast for the camera’s buffer to manage. Lightroom got sort of locked up and I was facing the spinning beach ball. I tried to quit Lightroom and when that didn’t work I glibly shut down the computer altogether. That’s when things started to get worse. When I relaunched Lightroom and tried to shoot into it things locked up again and I had to crash the computer again. I tried again, and again with similar results. I did manage to get through that shoot and it seemed like things were okay. However, when I reviewed the files many of them were reported as damaged in Lightroom and they had some pretty strange looking patterns all over them. Then the whole hard drive started to behave strangely. When I restarted the computer, the hard drive wouldn’t mount anymore. I tried disk repair (a Mac utility for repairing hard drives) but no luck. The drive directory had a fatal error, probably due to my having crashed the computer a couple of times.

Of course this is the drive that contains all my photographs both personal and client work, so I was more than a little disturbed. After trying a few more repair tricks to no avail I decided to simply turn to my back up system. I completely reformatted the faulty drive (that was a scary moment), then I used my recently updated backup drive to restore all my photos and files! SilveKeeper made it very easy to do, I just had to plug in my backup drive, launch SilverKeeper and click restore. It took a couple of hours to copy over all the data but when it was done by drive was totally back in order with all my photos intact and recognized by Lightroom. Big sigh of relief!

Fortunately, all the shots from the days shoot were safely intact on the camera cards so all I had to do was import them into Lightroom and everything was good. Now that I’ve told you my little horror story, I thought I’d share my actual backup system so you can easily see how it works and how you can implement it for yourself (Here’s a PDF you can download):

The key to this system is having Off Line backups of your drives, that are not plugged in when you’re working.  That way, if something gets corrupted, as happened to me, your Off Line backup gallops in to the rescue!

Okay, so I know this is a bit mundane as a subject, but it just saved me from a whole world of pain and anxiety! And now I hope it will save you from the same.

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Makeup for Photographers Workshop

April 12, 2010

Natalia Zurawska’s very entertaining and informative workshop will take place on two new dates:

Friday, May 7  from 6:30 – 10:00

Friday, June 4  from 6:30 – 10:00

Everyone who’s attended this in the past has agreed that it’s a must for any photographer working with people.  You’ll learn about how makeup works for photography, how to find and work with makeup artists, and a variety of products and techniques that you can use yourself when you don’t have a makeup artist.  You’ll watch as Natalia transforms a model, and you’ll see before and after photos.

Complete details on the workshop are here.

The cost is $105 (incl GST), and it will be held in my studio.  To register, contact me here:

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Makeup Workshop for Photographers

January 17, 2010

This is a great workshop for anybody who photographs people! Whether your interest is in fashion, portraiture, weddings or corporate photography, you get lots of helpful information that will improve your work and save you hours of retouching.

Learn how to find and work with a make-up artist to enhance your photos of people (especially if they’re not supermodels!).  Natalia Zurawska will share the secrets she’s learned through working with top photographers and directors, shooting supermodels, celebrities, and just plain folk (like you and your clients).  You’ll learn exactly how the make-up artist does her magic, see before and after photos of a live demo shoot, and learn how to work with this key member of your creative team.

As well, you’ll learn some invaluable make-up tips and techniques that you can use yourself, for those times when you don’t have a make-up artist on hand.  Assemble a simple kit of items you can use for quick touch ups and fixes that you can always have with you.   For portraits, weddings or just casual shots of people, these tips can save you hours of retouching, and could save your shoot.

You’ll also get a complete set of notes, and a shopping list!

This is definitely a fun workshop (Natalia’s a delight), you’ll learn lots, and your clients (and friends) will thank you!  We ran this workshop for the first time last fall, and it was a great success!

I’ve posted two detailed information sheets about this workshop here and here.

Workshop Date & Time:

Saturday, March 13  1:00 – 5:00

Location is my studio in Liberty Village

Workshop fee: $105 (incl GST)

Advanced registration is required, so you can contact me here:

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