The Milford Wedding

The Milford Wedding
This past weekend I had the honor of being invited to attend and photograph my friend and colleague’s wedding. It was a traditional Korean wedding ceremony which was suppose to be set in the grounds of a park (which honestly appeared to look more like a palace or large temple) that encircled the tomb of one of Korea’s historic kings. ..

Weekend Shooting

Weekend Shooting
These past few weekends I wanted to put in some practice time with my camera and I had some great opportunities to photographic my daughter.  We started out two weekends ago at the Ulsan Rose Festival. It wasn’t as good as I had hoped.  Many of the roses were beginning to wilt (probably because I waited till the last weekend) and the crowds made..

FOTGA 77MM Fader ND Filter Review

FOTGA 77MM Fader ND Filter Review
A few months back I read a pretty favorable review for the FOTGA  46mm variable ND filter on CheesyCam.com. In fact the author was so pleased with the results that he even stated that he was going to buy the 77mm version.  Though I couldn’t find a decent review at the time, having been in the market for a cheap variable ND filter and the fact..

Afternoon Sun

Afternoon Sun
I really love the late golden afternoon sun that comes beaming into my apartment.  It’s one of those rare times each day I know I can practice my shooting skills as I’m a new dad and don’t quite seem to have the time I used to. Don’t get me wrong I love being a new parent. It’s brought me many things: a new perspective on life; a new..

Photo Competition Win

Photo Competition Win
I recently entered my first photo competition (the FLIK photo competition) and got back some fantastic news. I placed first! There weren’t a huge number of entries given that the contest was limited to local residence in the area I currently live, but hey I’m stoked because it’s the first photo contest I’ve entered and I won!  The pair of nice..

Family Portraits & Spring Blossoms

I recently had the opportunity to do a family portrait session with a young couple and their daughter from my the local ex-pat community. The concept of the shoot was simple. The couple had a young daughter (nearly one) and were really in love with the spring blossoms in Korea. We had missed the cherry blossom which bloomed fairly early in the..

10 Step Skin Smoothing

With all the various techniques and methods I’ve tried for skin smoothing this 10 Step Skin Smoothing is by far my favorite. It’s quick and easy but preserves so much of the skin detail.  As the title of my post so subtly suggests I  didn’t actually design this method so I believe it’s only proper to give the credit to Calvin Hollywood, who..

Creating Long Exposure like Clouds in Photoshop

I recently watched a great tip from Matt K. in which he used Photoshop and the Radial Blur filter to create long exposure like clouds. The effect was so beautifully convincing and easy to do I thought it was definitely worthwhile to create a short tutorial to add this technique to all our repertoires. (more…)

Brightening and Changing the Color of the Eyes (Iris)

I use to start my retouching by focusing on removing major blemishes, however, my workflow has since changed and I know fix-up the eyes first. Typically, I do the whites first and then remove any red veins. After that I begin brightening the iris. This is something I do on almost every close up portrait and the amount time spent compared to the..