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Professional Development – Retouching with Kristina Sherk

Alright, I recently attended a presentation by Kristina Sherk for Photoshelter. A couple points I wrote down from this webinar are:

  • Started working for John Harrington in Washington DC
  • Use Color Range to create an action selection that can work across a large batch of images
  • Go 70% of the way with an effect and then stop (no one has white teeth/iris’s, nobody)
  • The best way to get a client for life is to hire a good retoucher

It’s always interesting to watch someone doing a task you do on a regular basis and see the different ways that they approach it. This should definitely speed up my workflow and allow me to spend more time creating images vs. retouching them! You can see a replay of the video here.

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Professional Development – Tony Gale: Environmental Portrait Lighting

Alright,

I recently attended a webinar put on by Photoshelter about Environmental Portrait Lighting by Tony Gale. Here are a couple of my notes from the talk:

  • He started assisting in Seattle before moving to New York
  • Started teaching at Parsons and doing seminars for APA
  • Some of his clients include State Farm,Race to Rebuild, Bank of America, Best Buy
  • Start with the safe picture knowing you’re going to go out on a limb after that frame
  • Make sure you shot fits into their design
  • Don’t over-think the shoot, accept the happy accidents
  • With a shoot you usually have in between 3 frames – 3 hours
  • Mac on Campus website software for lighting diagrams
  • Not a fan of gels outside, usually warm up with a treatment in post production
  • Fan of the Vivtar 283 flash + Hensel Battery Packs
  • Always, always, always have a backup (light, camera, Pocketwizard)
  • Personal projects someinterestingpeople.com, Facebook Friends Project
  • If you need a bigger source bounce an umbrella off a wall
  • The X-Rite ColorChecker finds its way into the first/ last frame of each shot
  • Bring in one light at a time, with too many lights you can have a hard time figuring out what is wrong
  • Having a personal project helps keep shooting in between gaps of clients
  • Marketing wise he’s on Photoserve, Behance, Dripbook (remote control cars without the remote)
  • Travel light, rather spend time shooting than setting up 30 lights
  • For small group shots add one person at a time and build the composition
  • Bungee cord the power pack to the stand as well as water bags (vs. sandbags)

Great to see the work of someone who likes to shoot outside the studio too! You can see Photoshelter’s full writeup on the talk here.

Professional Development – NCCP Coaching Certification

Alright,

As some of you may know I’m an Ultimate Player. In addition I’ve been coaching all levels from juniors to adults for roughly 4 years now. Through the Vancouver Ultimate League I was able to take the NCCP Coaching Certification Course.

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Definitely gave me a better perspective on the season as well as how I can more efficiently coach my players. I can even see it crossing over into my TA work over at Langara.

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