Everett Christopher Images - Photography services for every situation: Blog http://www.photolo.co/blog en-us Everett Christopher Images everett@photolo.co (Everett Christopher Images - Photography services for every situation) Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:59:00 GMT Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:59:00 GMT http://www.photolo.co/img/s/v-5/u705331824-o12878313-50.jpg Everett Christopher Images - Photography services for every situation: Blog http://www.photolo.co/blog 120 102 Retouch Timelapse - Kim http://www.photolo.co/blog/2017/1/retouch-timelapse-kim A timelapse of retouching I completed on a single photo from a recent ringlight session.

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everett@photolo.co (Everett Christopher Images - Photography services for every situation) Lightroom Photoshop photography retouching http://www.photolo.co/blog/2017/1/retouch-timelapse-kim Mon, 09 Jan 2017 03:28:00 GMT
How I Did It - The Garter http://www.photolo.co/blog/2016/12/how-i-did-it---the-garter A tutorial showing how to fix exposure issues and apply some creativity!

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everett@photolo.co (Everett Christopher Images - Photography services for every situation) Lightroom Photoshop photography retouching http://www.photolo.co/blog/2016/12/how-i-did-it---the-garter Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:28:00 GMT
BASIC PHOTO EDITING with Lightroom http://www.photolo.co/blog/2016/12/basic-photo-editing-with-lightroom I fix some exposure issues on some photos of my son I took over Thanksgiving!

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everett@photolo.co (Everett Christopher Images - Photography services for every situation) Lightroom Photoshop photography retouching http://www.photolo.co/blog/2016/12/basic-photo-editing-with-lightroom Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:28:00 GMT
Content Aware Fill http://www.photolo.co/blog/2016/8/content-aware-fill Another quick tutorial on using Content Aware Fill to fix some autofocus beam lights from a flash!

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everett@photolo.co (Everett Christopher Images - Photography services for every situation) Lightroom Photoshop photography retouching http://www.photolo.co/blog/2016/8/content-aware-fill Tue, 30 Aug 2016 02:28:00 GMT
How I Did It - The Missing Boots http://www.photolo.co/blog/2016/8/how-i-did-it-the-missing-boots Two girls forgot their boots, so I composited two photographs to fix the problem!

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everett@photolo.co (Everett Christopher Images - Photography services for every situation) Lightroom Photoshop composite photography retouching http://www.photolo.co/blog/2016/8/how-i-did-it-the-missing-boots Sat, 13 Aug 2016 02:24:00 GMT
How to use Content Aware and Clone Stamp http://www.photolo.co/blog/2016/5/how-to-use-content-aware-and-clone-stamp A quick tutorial on how to remove distractions using Content Aware and the Clone Stamp tool!

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everett@photolo.co (Everett Christopher Images - Photography services for every situation) Lightroom Photoshop photography retouching http://www.photolo.co/blog/2016/5/how-to-use-content-aware-and-clone-stamp Mon, 30 May 2016 02:14:00 GMT
How to Retouch a Landscape Wedding Portrait http://www.photolo.co/blog/2016/5/how-to-retouch-a-landscape-wedding-portrait Not for the faint-of-heart! This is for beginning to advanced photographers. It's a complete, fresh retouch walkthrough using Lightroom and Photoshop and thus it's about 40-minutes long! gasp emoticon.
 

I provided a final retouched version of this photo to my clients Amanda and Brandon back in 2013. A number of friends and fans have asked me how I did it. This is a new, 2016 retouch session of that same photo. I attempted to come as close as possible...but like any kind of artwork the results always vary!

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everett@photolo.co (Everett Christopher Images - Photography services for every situation) Lightroom Photoshop photography retouching http://www.photolo.co/blog/2016/5/how-to-retouch-a-landscape-wedding-portrait Tue, 24 May 2016 18:21:49 GMT
Off-camera flash at Live Music events http://www.photolo.co/blog/2015/4/off-camera-flash-at-live-music-events During my years shooting nightlife for my blog Unreal360.com I was occasionally hired to photograph DJ and live music events for other companies. One of these companies, RealMusic Events, hired me to photograph their DJ events. They consistently booked their shows at two Austin venues: Kingdom Nightclub and Republic Live (RIP!).

Kingdom's capacity was probably somewhere around 100-125 people. Republic Live was much bigger; I believe the official capacity was between 400-500. Both clubs did have lighting, but it wasn't anything spectacular. To attempt to capture compelling, emotional moments from the DJs with the given lighting was challenging at best. To remedy this I decided to create my own lighting with remote strobes placed on surrounding stage equipment. All of the below shots were between the years 2013-2014

Here was my equipment setup:

1. Nikon D300
2. Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 - this was the lens that I used for the majority of the photographs that you will see in this article.
3. Sigma 30mm f1.4
4. Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art
5. Nikon SB-900
6. Nikon SB-800
7. Yongnuo 560 III (2)
8. Yongnuo 603 receivers
9. Kupo Superclamps

I clamped the Yongnuo 560 IIIs stage left and stage right and, depending on the club and how far away I had to place them, would set their power levels between 1/128th and 1/32nd. At Kingdom nightclub they were always set to 1/128th because the DJ equipment and all supporting stage equipment was fixed. At Republic, the power levels varied because I had to make changes based off the DJ equipment and or how far the DJ table was situated away from the front of the stage.

At Kingdom I would also clamp my SB-800 on some piping that ran along the wall behind the DJ. If I remember correctly I set the power levels on it between 1/128th and 1/64th.

Finally, I occasionally used my SB-900 on-camera as the main fill light, with the surrounding lights acting as accent, or "kicker," lights.

All lights had no modifiers, except for the occasional bounce-flash from my SB-900. If I could go back I would have used grids on all my lights due control them better. Even with the lights zoomed at ~135mm the spill is pretty uncontrollable.

OCF can really add drama to any photograph, and live music photography is no exception. If you want a great way to learn your trade, try it out! Here are some photos from 2013-2014 that show the kind of lighting you can pull off with OCF.

 

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everett@photolo.co (Everett Christopher Images - Photography services for every situation) DJs Lightroom Photoshop live music photography retouching http://www.photolo.co/blog/2015/4/off-camera-flash-at-live-music-events Tue, 07 Apr 2015 22:30:17 GMT
Bounce Flash http://www.photolo.co/blog/2009/12/bounce-flash Bounce flash is a very easy way to bump your photography to the next level and add dimension to your subjects. All it takes is a swiveling flash head (the Nikon SB600, SB800, SB900, and the Canon 430EX, 580EX are popular choices) and a reflective surface (wall or ceiling).

So what is bounce flash? Bounce flash is when you bounce your main light off a nearby ceiling or wall onto your subject. The resulting effect is a much more naturally lit photo and a more pleasing result.

Bounce flash only works in certain situations. If you have white walls and ceilings, you’re in good shape. A white wall will return the most percentage of light back down toward your subject. A black wall on the other hand will return the least amount of light back, and in most cases, none at all. In between white and black you have various colors, off-white, yellows, reds, wood grains…all of these will produce various results and color casts. Sometimes the color cast will be pleasing, sometimes not. For exmaple a wood grain color cast will give your photos a warmer, amber tone. You just have to experiment to see what works.

Some venues have metal or aluminum shingling, like Soho for example. These kinds of materials reflect light wonderfully as well, in some cases better than a white ceiling would. I shot the above photo of the two girls sharing a friendly peck over at Soho and bounced the flash off their metal reflective ceiling back down to the subjects to capture the moment.

Personally I use a combination of bounce and diffused flash using my Gary Fong Lightsphere. All I do is take off the top diffuser cap, point the flash toward the ceiling (or wall) and shoot. The diffused flash softly illuminates the subjects, while the bounce flash provides shadows and depth.

I’ve included a few more examples of bounce flash so you can see the difference! Happy shooting!

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everett@photolo.co (Everett Christopher Images - Photography services for every situation) http://www.photolo.co/blog/2009/12/bounce-flash Tue, 01 Dec 2009 07:34:00 GMT