Rural Photography Documentary: Traditional Romanian Folk

To promote rural tourism, in Romania, many photographers go from village to village to take pictures of local habits and activities, local activities and clothes, objects, houses. I’m one of those who like to shoot a Rural Photography Documentary quite often. During the late summer of 2008, I choose to go in a wonderful village in the Apuseni Mountains on a specific day: the first day of the “Love Festival”, on the “Chicken Mountain Pick”. I wanted to keep distance from people in order to capture instants of their live, not well prepared portraits. In order to do so, I used a tele-ob.: Tamron 70-300 mm. Here I show you an old man playing a local musical instrument. He did a good pose, and the lighting was good too. This is an instant portrait of on old lady covering her eyes from the burning sun. What I like about it is … Read more…

Video Tutorial: Drawing Attention to Your Subject’s Eyes

I got a few tutorials for you that will help improve your portraits in the post-processing. There is something to learn from each of them. One shows that the eye can be multi-colored, other shows that the white space of the eye must also be taken under consideration, and, not as the last thing, you can do adjustments in order to lighen and sharpen the eye to draw the attention to it.

Video Tutorial: Teeth Whitening in Photoshop CS3

This tutorial shows how to whiten teeth using a Curves adjustment layer in Photoshop CS3. In Portrait Photography, no matter how pretty the model is, how well lighting is and how good your white balance setting is adjusted, teeth may still not be as white and pretty as they should in order to make a picture become a magazine cover. However, this video also teaches that the teeth should have a natural white, which is not pure white. The change is subtile. Before making the change to teeth, do this in order to avoid any other changes of the rest of the image: Duplicate the background layer. Fill the background layer with a gradient that looks like fire. On the duplicated layer, use the Extract filter to remove the girl from the background.

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