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Joe Mcgivern – Photographer

Today I’m talking with Joe Mcgivern who splits his professional duties between hairstylist and photographer. Joe has been doing professional hair for over 20 years and knew his way around a set long before he picked up a camera. These days you can find him mixing it up, doing some of both. We are going to talk about his crossover into photography and how he finds coming from the hair styling end of things has helped him.

 

http://www.josephjude-photography.com/

 

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Glenn Norwood – Commercial Photographer

This time we are over at Glenn Norwood’s studio, chatting to him about software, gear, music and kittens on Instagram. Glenn cut his teeth in the big city hustle and bustle of New York, photographing musicians for many of the big editorial magazines. These days you can find him in his cozy studio shooting very cool fashion, beauty and hair for clients around the world.

http://www.norwoodphotography.co.uk

 

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Face Aware Liquify in Photoshop CC

It used to be in the past, when retouching beauty or portrait, you would go into Photoshop and give the subject’s face a little “push”. In Photoshop you would open up your image, go to the subject’s face and enlarge or decrease the size of some of their features to be more pleasing.
Step by step these are roughly the moves you would have done.
1. Duplicate the background layer
2. Select an area on the duplicate layer to enlarge/reduce either simply with the marquee tool or the lasso.
3. With the area selected, hit Command J on the keyboard or go to “Layer>New>Layer via Copy”
4. Now with a duplicate layer of the facial feature selected hit Command T on the keyboard or go to “Edit>Free Transform”
5. At the top of the screen you now have the dimensions of your selection, their scale and their orientation. In the horizontal and vertical scale boxes either increase or decrease your feature’s scale. For eyes you might want to type anywhere from 103% in both dimensions up to maybe 110%. After hitting “Enter” you should see an immediate change in the feature’s size.
6. Apply a layer mask to your newly created layer and gently blend using the brush tool(varying flow & opacity) on the layer mask until you are satisfied.
7. At this point if you really need the space, you can flatten down the image but otherwise just save it with all the layers intact.

Well there you go, that didn’t take long and once you get proficient in it you can knock out one of these bad boys in ten minutes or so
OR
You can use the new “Face Aware Liquify” feature in Photoshop CC (2015.5 release), found under the Filters menu.
If you have Photoshop CC give it a try, very interesting how far it has come along.

Face Aware Liquify feature within the Liquify Filter in Photoshop CC 2015.5 from rob durston productions on Vimeo.


Gavin Millar – Commercial Photographer

Today I’m talking with Gavin Millar. Gavin is a commercial fashion and beauty photographer. He came by The Landing at the MAC to chat about software (how much he loves CaptureOne), cameras, lighting and he schools me on Brexit (ouch).

http://www.gavinmillar.com


A short little test with Fuji film and Canon digital

I haven’t been in the studio for a while so I thought I would do a little half day test with Sophia Taylor, Ashley Morhej and Lee Stinton. Lee couldn’t make it to the studio so Sophia went to his place to have her hair done and Ashley touched up on set as needed. Sophia had an idea of what she wanted from the day and so did I.
Sophia had an image that she liked the style of, that she wanted to try for herself. It was a simple lighting with a little back light and a small amount of flare in one of the corners. Not too difficult but her image had hours if not days of retouching on it and for our purposes we weren’t going to be putting in that amount of time for such a simple shot.

What I felt were the more exciting images were the beauty images we did on white as well as a couple of impromptu grabs while meandering around the studio. I should state here that I was flipping back and forth between digital and film. The digital was pretty straight forward; a Canon 5D Mk2 with a 70-200. The film on the other hand was Fuji 400H colour neg and Fuji RMS (which was to be cross processed). I had my faithful Mamiya RZ with a 90mm F3.5; I like to handhold the Mamiya as much as possible, cradling it like the monster it is in my hands. Youcef was there to help me, passing cameras and lenses back and forth as I swapped as the need arose. I like the images that we got out of the couple of hours in the studio. Below you can compare for yourself which you like better. They are retouched in Photoshop but they are not direct copies of each others style and feeling. Each medium I feel has its own style and I try to let that show through in the final result.
All the lighting was with Profoto ProAcutes

Sophia 1

Simple lighting with a Profoto Silver Softlight and Canon 5D Mk2. Small amount of retouching in Photoshop.

Sophia 2

Simple Lighting with a Profoto Silver Softlight and Canon 5D Mk2, retouched in Photoshop.

Sophia 3

Simple Lighting with a Profoto Silver Softlight and Mamiya RZ on Fuji 400H, retouched in Photoshop

Sophia 4

Simple lighting with a Profoto Silver Softlight on a Mamiya RZ with Fuji RMS cross processed and retouched in Photoshop

Sophia 5

Simple lighting with a Profoto Silver Softlight on a Mamiya RZ with Fuji RMS cross processed and retouched in Photoshop