How to Organize a Great Fashion Shoot in the Fall

3 Steps to a Great Outdoor Fall Fashion Shoot   There is a common misconception that fashion photography is all about fashion. When you think about it, it is, but you cannot deny the fact that it is actually a […]

Learn How to Color Old Photos from Different Fashion Eras

Reviving Photos of Classic Fashion Styles from Bygone Eras Although digital photography is available for everyone to create and use, there are not many professionals in the field. If you’re a photographer or you prefer to be in the editing […]

Photographing Winters Wonderland

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HDR: Cure to get Definition in the Shadows

                                    HDR                                        A Cure […]


HDR: Cure to get Definition in the Shadows


HDR an early attempt.
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                        Definition in The Shadows!


How many times have you found a location only to find that some important parts of the image are hidden in the shadows, and if you try to correct for the problem you wash out or over expose the lighter areas of the photograph? Well HDR is a solution to this problem, and it can come in handy for a lot of situations we may come across:                                                           Situations to Use HDR                               

(A)  During the times of the day when parts of the landscape or a scene are hidden in shadows, and you’d like to show more detail in those areas instead of them being blackened out or dull. This will give more detail, color, and focus to these areas. 

(B)  When shooting a building, and alley, or a tunnel; among other things, where you want to be able to see into the shadows, and/ or bring out detail in any darkened places. 

(C) Any time you want to add more depth, texture, and detail to all sorts of photographic situations whether there are Shadows or Not.

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HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and the way you achieve this is to take multiple bracketed images; one shot with the correct exposure, and two to four more with at least one under exposed, and one over exposed, and this works best if these shots are 1 1/2 to 2 stops higher or lower than the correct exposure. Now that is if you are only bracketing one over and one under exposed. I like doing five shots each one being 1/2 stop to 2 1/2 stops over and under exposed, with varying stops in between to give more variation in the detail and the color.

Then after you select the images you are going to use and open them up in programs such as Lightroom and a plug-in for Photoshop called HDR Efex Pro, and after you do some pre-HDR-generating editing in a slider window you depress the generating button, and after several minutes the compiled image appears. Waa’la, you have yourself an HDR image! From there you can post edit in your favorite editing software, and your new masterpiece is finished. 

Last I heard Nik Efex Pro collection of filters is being given away free. There are a whole host of different filter presets and programs in the Nik collection download including Efex Color Pro 4, plus more, and you can manipulate each setting to your liking. Adobe Lightroom and HDR Efex Pro 4 are mainly the two HDR filter programs I have used. I find using them an interesting and valuable tool to extend the limits of my


Abandoned Warehouse by RR. Tracks in Keyser, using HDR editing. One of the first.
Abandoned Warehouse by RR. Tracks in Keyser, using HDR editing. One of the first.
 photographic editing workflow, and helps to produce images other wise very time consuming to do using selection and adjustment tools in Photoshop and Lightroom to achieve similar results. I believe HDR          (High Dynamic Range) renders the photograph with extra detail, color and depth not possible with the longer editing workflow’s.

 photographic editing workflow, and helps to produce images other wise very time consuming to do using selection and adjustment tools in Photoshop and Lightroom to achieve similar results. I believe HDR          (High Dynamic Range) renders the photograph with extra detail, color and depth not possible with the longer editing workflow’s.To be honest my first results may not exactly be the greatest examples of what is possible with HDR, so lookout for further articles here, and watch the photographic magazines, there are always articles that HDR is part of the subject line and will show some really good photographic examples of HDR’s benefits. 

There are many other photographic HDR producing programs for you to check out, such as HDR soft’s Photomatix Pro, which Cheyene Rouse of Ancients Lights Gallery fame used when discovering HDR for herself?. Plus, Photoshop CS 5 and Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud) have HDR built right in; along with Nik’s HDR Efex Pro, EverImaging: HDR Photo Pro, Unified Color Technologies, HDR Exposure as a stand along or a plug-in for Lightroom or Apple’s Aperture. That is a lot to choose from and any of these programs will give decent results. It really comes down to preference and money, I guess. For aspiring photographers we usually operate on a shoe-string budget, and a lot of fancy editing tools, and a computer with the speed and so much memory that we can operate booque programs are just not in the cards for us.

Now back in 2010, Rob Sheppard found he liked Nik HDR Efex Pro best as he stated in his article “Special Techniques for Landscape Photographers.” I believe back then there was a fee to access the plug-in. Now a days, with it being free, I find it the way to go for any newbie, or for people looking to save money. And who doesn’t want to save $Money.

Little Over Saturated. Not Natural Looking!
Little Over Saturated. Not Natural Looking!

When I first used HDR I only had Lightroom’s program to use and found it works well, and then I heard about Nik’s HDR Efex Pro. Being Free, I wanted to check out all the filters and programs they had in the download. Efex Pro’s HDR plug-in to Photoshop has some enhancing sliders to use to generate results some what different to other programs. My first attempt at using it I probably over did the enhancements and the image (Left) isn’t exactly natural looking. With practice it gives a photo all the detail, brilliance, and vibrant color you want; and you can still keep it looking natural, and Not looking over the top visually. I recommend going easy on the pre-generating edits and at least doing a little post editing to give the photograph all the corrections and flare that it deserves. I have played with the couple HDR generators I have at my disposal, and find it does give a tool I am using more often. Through the use of the software I have made some dramatic and extra interesting photographs from ones that other wise would have been just so-so. And you can to. I am referring to ones like the photograph at the beginning of this writing (article). The tree was hidden by shadow in anything I could capture without the sky being totally washed out. 

I like giving others, that have gone before me some more exposure through my writings, and give support and credit for my findings and the claims I make in my posts. This being a learn from your peers community I will be using examples of yours, with your permission of course, in some of the posts and materials found at “Community of Aspiring Photographers and Artists.” 

One of the professionals I give Kudo’s to is Cheyene Rouse. I like the project she has done assembling the Ancient Lights projects. When she found HDR she made the comment “With HDR, I knew I had found a process and a program that was not only friendly, but would transform these relics of the West and render them the way I saw  each one when I was photographing them”. She made the comment in the June 2011 OutDoor Photographer magazine article “Stoking the Fire” on page #58. The Ancient Lights project depicts the culture, and the items used back in the Old West, and not so new West, shining new light on them for future generations to experience if only in their minds and the images of Cheyene Rouse.  

a1-hdr-4articles-2 Pinto Valley a1-hdr-4articlesLightroom HDR that looks very close to how I saw the scene.

This image of a pond and land in the valley across from it during  Sunrise, is an HDR I did just a few days ago, to practice getting my HDR looking more like what we’d see when being there in person. The way I achieved this was by going easy with the pre-generating editing sliders. It has a little extra green, but not unusually so. You can give your images this type of impact, too.

Try adapting High Dynamic Range (HDR) to the types of photography you think you’d benefit by applying it to. Bracket several images both at your meters correct exposure, and ones over exposed, and some under exposed, and then click on all three and hit the merge file, in Lightroom, and then HDR which will merge the images, and then an editing window will pop up and just do some minimum editing (or a lot) hit the generate HDR button, and there you’ll have it, an HDR image to be post edited in some of your normal ways. Give it a Try! 

Never be afraid to try new things! If we didn’t try new things we would have never learned to walk. One last repost of this article for the Christmas Holiday!

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Bird Photography : My Past Experience’s


If you are a bird watcher, or a nature photographer that wants to focus on birds it helps to be very familiar with your camera, and the subjects you are trying to get lasting images of. Getting good pictures of the avian species can be difficult.

There are a few extreme conditions that usually arise to get shoots of birds out in their natural habitat.Most birds in the natural world are very cautious of all other animals, other avian species, and naturally humans. I started by taking pictures of birds near bird feeders, or in places where they are more comfortable around humans to avoid some of the difficulties that we may encounter in the wild. Also, This is a start to learning about the types of food certain species eat, and their habits and behaviors. Artists, and photographers are more successful when they know about the subjects they are taking images of, and are involved in some way with that subject. Like being involved a bird watching club, helping at a local park, and knowing the subjects well enough to do a lecture series that includes your own photographs.

During my Digital Photography class at Anne Arundel Community College, in the historic and charming state of Maryland, I had started feeding birds on our second story deck at our home in Annapolis. I found it interesting seeing what different types of species might feed there, and the ways that the birds interacted. 

I also try to shoot in the manual modes to have more control over the out come of the photograph. The picture above was taken during that class while doing our lessons on depth of field. I used a Nikon D60 and a Tamara 28-300mm zoom : zoomed in at 200mm with camera settings of an ISO of 400, a shutter speed of 1/400th of a second, and an f-stop of 5.6 to capture the image of the Titmouse at the beginning of the article. The lower f-stop and a long focal length blur’s  out much of the back ground and foreground to make the subject stand out in the photograph. 

In many books and articles I have read about photography, and animal and bird photography specifically, they say that the best images that interest people and are candidates for publication are void of feeders, the seed or suit that attract the beautiful and interesting subjects that we are photographing. When taking the image of the titmouse I took this into account and kept taking shots of it until it moved away from feed I had spread on the railing of the deck. The more interesting the photographs the more attractive an article is to the reader.

Duck.JonasGreen.SM  This photo of a mallard at Jonas Green Park, across the Severn River from the Naval Academy, was taken during my class at AACC during our studies on perspective. I was actually lying on the beach, to get in a position that most people are not looking at ducks from.

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People are even more attracted and  interested in birds and animals taken in the wild, or natural settings. This brings up some other situations that need addressing, and with some help and foreknowledge from experts and seasoned nature photographers you (WE) can avoid some of the problems before they are encountered.

Getting good pictures of birds are made difficult by extreme conditions in the outdoors, and the skidish nature of birds; although, there is always a learning curve with any new adventure we start, including venturing into the wilderness and bird photography. Here are some things to be aware of when venturing out.

Conditions and Knowledge to be Aware of shooting Birds


  • shooting into the sky
  • knowing what they feed on
  • places they nest
  • fast movement of subjects
  • long range of flight
  • migration patterns
  • weather
  • patterns of flight

How to Organize a Great Fashion Shoot in the Fall

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3 Steps to a Great Outdoor Fall Fashion Shoot


There is a common misconception that fashion photography is all about fashion. When you think about it, it is, but you cannot deny the fact that it is actually a lot more than that, because you, as a photographer, need to take quite a lot of other things into consideration to make sure that every single photograph you take is absolutely impeccable. If you manage to do that, then the clothes your models child-childrens-baby-children-sare wearing will certainly be presented perfectly and the background will put fashion right into focus, which is exactly the point.

Nevertheless, it goes without saying that this is much easier said than done. You need to practice pretty much all the time if you want to improve your skills and become a professional in your field. You need to learn a lot of different techniques, so that you can truly master the art of photography, or fashion photography, in this particular instance.

When it comes to an outdoor fall fashion shoot, there are even more things that you need to take into account, since the weather does not always work in your favor. However, you can take real advantage of various beautiful backdrops that nature has to offer in the fall and create extraordinary photographs. With that in mind, take a look at the essential steps that you need to take when indulging in an outdoor fall fashion shoot.

1. Scout the Shooting Location Beforehand

This is the first logical step when it comes to an outdoor shoot, especially during the fall. You need to find a perfect location for your photo shoot at least a day in advance and scout every single part of it so that you can plan the ideal frames and not waste any time when the big day comes.

However, you cannot change the weather so, if you found an amazing spot with beautiful foliage today, it doesn’t mean that it will be the same tomorrow since rain or strong winds can ruin your perfect little fall backdrop. Therefore, make sure you scout the location right before the shoot and don’t wait an entire week so that you don’t lose your perfect chance for an excellent outdoor fall fashion shoot.

2. Think of the Sun as Your Best Friend

A lot of photographers are getting chills down their spine when they merely think about shooting in sunlight, let alone actually doing it. You don’t need to be afraid that your photos will look dark if you are facing the sun because you can always use flash or a reflector to make sure your model is properly exposed. Remember that the sun sets early in the fall and since the days are short, make sure you choose

Shooting during the golden hour is a big Plus, in my Book.  Stock Image, Pexel

Shooting during the golden hour is a big Plus, in my Book. Stock Image, Pexel

the perfect golden hour for your fashion shoot.

Using the open shade is a great choice for an outdoor fall fashion shoot, as you can take full advantage of the natural light you are working with. You can use the daylight correctly if you find a location with trees all around, or even find a wall facing north, or some other setting, such as a pier or a bridge. Shooting under such structures will provide you with incredible light, and you will not even need to use flash.

When using the sun as a backlight, you can use props if you feel there’s a need for them,

but make sure they are not a distraction since your model should be in clear focus. For instance, your model can hold balloons that will mask their face from the sun, but at the same time create a decorative accent.

If you want your model to be faced towards the sun, there is one thing you should do to prevent them from squinting. Tell your model to close their eyes while you prepare for the perfect shot and, when you’re ready, tell them to open their eyes and instantly snap the shutter. It will result in pretty majestic photographs that you will certainly be proud of.

The fall is truly the best time of the year for using the sun to backlight your model. It can result in dreamy photographs, as well as make leaves appear amazingly illuminated. In order to achieve such an interesting effect, make sure your model is blocking the sun, or you can even simply keep the sun out of your frame.

3. Use the Power of the fall

Nature is putting quite a mesmerizing show in the fall, so you should make sure you capture as much of it as you can and preserve the treasures it offers. The devil is in the details, so you should make sure that every single detail makes a huge difference. They definitely shouldn’t distract from the model, but rather fulfill the photographs and bring out the best things about them.

For instance, having your model throw some leaves in the air or simply pick up some colorful leaves can make the photos truly exceptional. Some may think it’s a cliché, but embracing such a cliché will certainly result in breathtaking photos that capture the essence of the fall and tell its enchanting story. You can also have your model stand or sit in a pile of leaves, and you can be sure that it will not be less enthralling.

There are quite a lot of techniques that you need to master in order to pull off an outdoor fall fashion shoot. You should always shoot in RAW, focus on the eyes of your models; use a wide aperture when shooting a shallow depth of field, to name just a few of the things necessary for a successful outdoor shoot. Also, don’t forget about the necessary photo editing but, if editing is not your strong suit, make sure you find a professional who can provide you with the best Photoshop services.

Nevertheless, the aforementioned steps are the most essential ones that you need to take in order to make sure that your every single fashion shoot out in the open during the fall turns out to be absolutely fascinating and literally meant for the most influential fashion magazines in the world. Fashion photography is an art, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box, because you will certainly be inspired and you will always succeed in taking the best photographs possible.

 Written by: Isabella Forman

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Learn How to Color Old Photos from Different Fashion Eras


Reviving Photos of Classic Fashion Styles from Bygone Eras

Although digital photography is available for everyone to create and use, there are not many professionals in the field. If you’re a photographer or you prefer to be in the editing part of this art, I’m sure you’re familiar with how often regular people call themselves photographers.
And that is true – everyone is free to take and create various photos thanks to their gadgets or different pieces of software, but only the rare among them are true artists. Being part of this unique group means that you invest your time, effort and funds into developing your skills.
I’m trying to say that your status here doesn’t depend on how many followers you have on Instagram or friends on Facebook who “like” or “heart” your work, but on how far you’re willing to go to understand photography and its history.
Why Fashion Photography?
If you’d go back in time, and no further than a hundred years is necessary, you’d be able to understand just what kind of role fashion had in people’s everyday life. Today, fashion is a form of expression in most cases, but then it was a symbol of a particular status. Each social circle had their etiquette of behavior, and many of the points included were about dressing appropriately on a daily basis and for different occasions.
Putting so much effort into how you look and behave symbolized how much respect you have for yourself and others around you. With this attitude, getting dressed each day wasn’t only about quickly putting your clothes on and rushing to tend to your responsibilities – it was about telling a story.
Start with a Creating a Vision

Therefore, when you have a black and white photo in front of you, you should have all of the above mentioned points in mind, so that you can actually revive it in color. You should pay special attention to people in it, the occasion for which they had gathered and the social status of each of them.
The chances are that the photo you want to bring back to life is from a specific era in the previous century, so it would be best for you to try and determine which decade it was taken in. That will enable you to go over the fashion trends which were popular back then so that you can get a precise idea about the materials, patterns, and accessories used to understand the overall texture in front of you.
I know these sounds like a lot of work already, but fashion photography is demanding, and that didn’t really change over time. If you want to do a good job here, it’s quite necessary to be extremely thorough when it comes to your research.
Dig Deeper than Just Learning about Fashion
If you’re anything like me, your curiosity and desire to really go back in time would be very difficult to indulge at this point. The previous century was all about amazing global events, terrible wars and outstanding advancements in technology.
Therefore, when you establish the precise decade during which that piece of history in front of you was taken, you’ll get a pretty good picture of what was going on at that time. Going to this amount of details will enable you to understand the whole setting on your black and white photo more clearly.
Get to Work

No matter which piece of software you intend on using – it’s a matter of your preference, really – you need to go through the next four stages if you want to do a good job of making your black and white photo pop with colors.
• Remove damaged pieces
Because you have a photo in front of you that was taken sometime in the past, you may encounter various types of problems – the photo may be sun damaged, the conditions which it’s kept in could ruin its texture, there could be pieces missing, etc. Therefore, after you have it scanned and turned it into a digital version, you have to clean it up first, and then start coloring.
• Select pieces precisely
This part depends on how many details you’re dealing with, but the chances are it will be quite time-consuming. Each of the pieces presented in the photo in front of you will require your special attention. Naturally, you should select each of them individually and make sure to be very precise with them, because otherwise, your final result will look like you have crayons in your hands and that you find staying within your lines troubling.
• Explore different shades
We already discussed that you need to harmonize your selection of colors with a certain era, so when you finally come to the part where you can select a particular color, you should be very careful about your selection of shades.
• Try different textures and filters
The knowledge you gathered about the material used for the fashion era you’re dealing with will be quite helpful when it comes to determining the textures of different outfits and to finally put together an image that tells a believable story.
You’re Reviving Pieces of History
Each piece you decide to work on, whether its modern photo editing by smart photo-editors or a project such as this one, should speak about your skills and credibility. If you’re in any doubt and you find a part of your work to be problematic, my sincere suggestion is to consult experts in the area and make sure you’re headed in the right direction. Projects like this require you to go through a steep learning curve, and if you want to make a piece of history truly alive, you will have to be persistent and dedicated.

One last piece of advice – make sure to be properly inspired during this project, so it’s a good idea not to do this project all at once, but when you feel you have the proper motivation to do it. After all, completing work like this successfully will have a very positive effect on your skill development.                              Written by Isabella Forman.


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Isabella Forman’s Bio


Isabella’s Bio


Author Bio: Isabella Foreman is a content writer by profession and enjoys writing on Wedding, Travel, Photography, Photo Editing Services, Career Improvement, and cooking. She spends her off-work time with family and travel to explore new places!

She intends to educate and keep her audience abreast of the latest trends in the world of Photography and Photo-editing.  Presently, she is associated with Smart Photo Editors – a services company that is engaged in Photo editing and wedding photo editing.


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