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Can I Go Now, Dad?   Featured in Digital Darkroom #018
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Can I go now Dad?
Can I go now Dad?
f/8, 250th, 28-135mm, home studio, This is poor suffering Storm, my daughter and the most photographed young lady in South Australia :-) I shot this in the studio (read double garage) as she was heading out for a night out on the town. Filtering done in Photoshop.

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Wendy Amdahl
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    Beautiful daughter you have there, Graham. Love the soft light and filters you used!

8/28/2004 8:57:44 AM

 
Marie Fields
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Beautiful portrait! Your daughter is a very lovely young lady!

8/28/2004 9:38:17 AM

 
Larry Lawhead
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WOW! Great shot, beautiful daughter. Love the overall colr in this shot!

Larry

8/28/2004 9:46:33 AM

 
Michelle R. Kovach
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Great shot! Beautiful young lady! You better watch out dad! LOL
I love the softness & lighting done here! Amazing job!
Have a great day!
Michelle

8/28/2004 10:12:55 AM

 
Murry Grigsby
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You don't have a chance Dad :0) Lovely portrait and model Graham! Terrific pose, light and warm colors!!

8/28/2004 11:39:05 AM

 
Graham Jones
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Thank you all for the heartening comments. Michelle and Murry - correct on both accounts. Dad does not have a chance! :-)

I've taken the opportunity to look through all of your galleries and have to say that I'm staggered at the quality of images that I see here at BP.

It is that quality that makes your comments so special. Keep up the great work guys and girls.

Kind regards, Graham

8/28/2004 6:59:48 PM

 
Patricia Marroquin
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Stunning portrait, Graham! She's beautiful and you've captured her so wonderfully! :-)

8/28/2004 9:06:06 PM

 
Jennifer A. Okamoto
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Graham, she is a beautiful young lady and this is a beautiful portrait. May I ask what filters you used to obtain this finished look?

8/28/2004 11:03:00 PM

 
Graham Jones
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Hi Jennifer,
With the above shot the filtering was done in Photoshop. As follows:
- Create a copy of the base layer by dragging the background layer onto the "new layer" icon
- With the new layer selected, apply filters>distort>diffuse glow. You will need to play around with the levels but the following is a good guide. Graininess 1, Glow 3, Clear 17
- Apply filters>blur>gaussian blur. About 15
- Now drop the opacity of the copied layer to about 50 percent.
- To keep the eyes, nostrils and mouth sharp, I then add a mask to the copied layer and "paint" out those areas with a brush set to black. This allows the sharp image behind to show through.
- Now flatten the image and if you like you can desaturate by about 80 percent and add a warming filter to it.
Simple really :-) and very flattering.
By the way, had a look at your work. Terrific stuff. Do you earn much from your stock photography?
kind regards, Graham

8/28/2004 11:35:32 PM

 
Jennifer A. Okamoto
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Graham, I thank you very much for sharing this information with me. I am just starting to get into Photoshop. It has such a steep learning curve. I am constantly amazed as to what one can do with Photoshop. I have a degree in Photography but it is all chemically based, so digital is a new thing to me.

Your portraits in your gallery are wonderful. As for me, I am trying to break into Stock Photography and am taking Bryan Peterson's One Year Course thru BP. My website is set up the way that it is, so that stock agencies see the photographs that have been approve by Bryan. However, I have not been signed with an agency at this time. It is my hope that by the end of the year, that will happen. It is a very competitive market to break into.

Regarding your daughter, how do you convince her to model for you? My 15 thinks I am crazy, while my 10 year old is willing, but not older enough for the photos that I want to create.

8/29/2004 3:27:04 PM

 
Darren Smith

member since: 9/25/2003
 

Blimey Graham, this is awesome. The image is superb, and it shows that your daughter is photographed so much as she is a natural.

Great effects too, nice job!

8/29/2004 5:28:28 PM

 
Jennifer A. Okamoto
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Graham, after trying your techniques, I have realized that not much of this photo was truly created in photoshop. This beautiful lighting on your beautiful daughter was created at the time of making the image. Great job. I am truly mesmerized by the elegance of this photo. Kudos to you and your daughter.

8/29/2004 6:01:14 PM

 
Graham Jones
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  Before and After
Before and After
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Oh dear,
Much as I appreciate the kind comments from all of you I have to set the record straight here. Jennifer I can assure you that yes the basic lighting must be done at the time of the shoot. there is simply no way around that but...
As you will see from the before picture (and Storm will kill me if she sees this posting) Storm was having a bad skin day on this particular occasion. Photoshop can be used to do a great deal of cleaning-up and mood setting with subtle colourations and softening.
I hope this does not disappoint too many of you. At least be heartened if you are starting to learn Photoshop. It is a really cool tool but only a means to an end.

regards, Graham

8/30/2004 3:06:09 AM

 
Dale Ann Cubbage
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Graham, your portrait work is fabulous! Love your lighting, and your tecnique for setting the "mood" in photoshop. I work under not so perfect lighting conditions, and have to create a little magic in photoshop quite often! So I can truly appreciate the work that went into this! Great job!

da

8/31/2004 11:08:14 AM

 
R.M. Fusco

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Wonderful portrait, Graham! I tried your technique on a still image of mine and it turned out very nice; better than the original. I do have a question about the last step you talked about. Where will I find the warming filter you mentioned? Thank you for your help.
Regards, Annie
A.K.A. at BP as R.M. Fusco

9/3/2004 12:32:15 PM

 
Graham Jones
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Hi Annie, thank you for the kind words. That last reference was intended to be a generic one. In Photoshop CS there are specific photo filters design to simulate the effect of real lens filters. Two are warming filters, 81 and 85. In earlier versions of photoshop you would need to use another method to apply a blanket warming to the picture. I just tried one technique as follows:
create a new layer at the top of the stack and fill it with the following colour value (RGB) r=236, g=138, b=0.
You can type the values directly into the colour picker.
Make the layer type 'colour' and reduce the opacity to around 15% depending on what amount of colouration you wish to apply.

If using Photoshop CS ignore all of the above and try those photofilters :-). Good luck, Graham

9/3/2004 7:03:15 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations on your finalist photo!! This image is very beautiful and the effects are unreal!! Well done!!

9/13/2004 6:07:41 PM

 
Jennifer A. Okamoto
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Congratulations, Graham. Once again, I want to let you know that I think this is a wonderful photo. I hope that your daughter is proud of it.

9/13/2004 6:35:46 PM

 
Dale Ann Cubbage
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Congrats Graham!!!

9/13/2004 7:39:21 PM

 
Nicole Grimsley

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Congrats, Graham! You deserve it!

9/14/2004 9:46:46 AM

 
Patricia Marroquin
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Congrats, Graham! :-)

9/14/2004 11:21:30 AM

 
Graham Jones
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Thank you all for the congrats and kind comments. Lets all make life difficult for the judges next month
;-) Jonesy

9/14/2004 8:10:56 PM

 
Karen Kulin

member since: 10/27/2003
 

Another incredible photo Graham! I have been absolutely astounded by all of them. I love the lighting effects! You truly have a knack for portrait photography and also for Photo Shop.

Did you take a class or is this all by the "trial and error" method? The program overwhelms me so I've been thinking about a Better Photo class.

I'll be looking for more of your amazing photo's.

Karen

9/16/2004 7:11:15 AM

 
Dale Ann Cubbage
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Congrats on being featured in the newsletter, Graham!

9/16/2004 9:57:41 AM

 
Graham Jones
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Thank you Karen. I think I'm just a bit lucky with all this. Obviously what I like to see in an image also appeals to others. Photoshop has been trial and error for me but I did bite the bullet and purchase a book called WOW for Photoshop 6. I learnt much from that publication :-)

Dale Ann thanks for the heads-up. I didn't know so had to go looking in all the newsletters. How nice :-) Hopefully someone can use the info!

see you all soon, Jonesy

9/16/2004 4:54:05 PM

 
Susana Matos
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Congratulations, great work and I do appreciate to know how you´ve done it! Well deserved finalist!
Cheers from Portugal, Su

9/26/2004 8:26:09 AM

 
Sabrina Duckworth

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I LOVE IT!!! nothing else to say but I love it. I tried but didnt get near what you got!

2/10/2005 7:54:53 PM

 
Sabrina Duckworth

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I LOVE IT!!! nothing else to say but I love it. I tried but didnt get near what you got!

2/10/2005 7:55:04 PM

 
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