Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Technique Tuesday: Man About Town - Off Camera Flash, Lightroom, Photoshop, & Viveza

Good Morning Everybody,
What a day we had yesterday with Barbara! Who would have believed you could print on handmade Thai Unryu paper or Kinwashi paper from Japan? Some very textile mediums that gave our images a really unique and interesting "Fine Art" look. I'll give you the entire low-down on Friday with a few thoughts and possibilities about printing on alternate ink-jet mediums from wood bark to metal- really cool stuff.

Anyway, on with today's Technique Tuesday. This week's tutorial includes everything including off-camera lighting, outdoor exposure in bright light, syncing beyond the camera's rated sync speed, Lightroom, Photoshop retouching tweaks, adding dramatics to the sky with NIK Viveza software, finishing off the images with cloud brushes, and also how to save the world!
OK, everything but the last one. It is a jammed packed tutorial and runs a little longer that usual, but worth every attentive moment of you time. Hit "PLAY" below and enjoy the show!

Related Links mentioned in video:
Viveza plug-in by NIK Software
Portraiture plug-in by Imagenomic


  1. Mr. Ziser,

    I just saw the tutorial for Tuesday, wow, absolutely amazing. I just showed my wife and told her I hope to be half as good as you are one day. I am hoping that you head to the east coast (Connecticut) sometime with your seminar. I really appreciate you taking the time to put everything out on your site, I know it is very time consuming. Just know that a lot of people who are trying to learn about photography the right way, appreciate it. Take care and thanks so much, Michael.

  2. What an amazing tutorial!! I learn so much every time I watch one of your tutorials. Now I'm going to have to go back through Digital Pro Talk to read up a little more on those cloud brushes!

    Thanks again for posting!

  3. Your suggestion on what to look for when placing the light was new to me. I don't think I've seen a lighting tip that was quite that simple. It should be a big help even with a lightstand.

    I don't have Photoshop or Viveza, but I do have Nikon Capture NX which uses the same control point technology. I really do like how it works. It has made it so much easier for me to make adjustments to photographs.

    Thanks again for another good video.

  4. What is the name of the Photoshop filter you was using?


  5. Thank you for amazing tutorial. Great work David!

    To anonymous: I suppose this is Portrait Professional.

  6. David fantastic tutorial. I too would like to know the filter you used to soften up the face of the model. I have searched the adobe site for for plug ins for the portrait professional as mentioned above and I could not find it. Is this the correct name and if so, does anyone know where I can find it.



  7. Probably I was wrong about Portrait Professional - it's a standalone application not PS plugin. Personaly I use dynamic skin softener by NIK Color Efex Pro.

  8. the plug in is imagenomics. There are others including the NIK plug in for dynamic skin softening. I also have used a program called Portrait Professional. A very good program and one that is a bit more involved than a simple click, but well worth it. Great tutorial, David. Nice recap of the lesson on the hill. This class experience was great for all of us. Even on the road I had to stop and check out the site for new info. I am in Winnipeg today and almost home. Wedding shoot on Saturday!

  9. David,

    Can you please provide a link to where you got the cloud brushes? I looked on the rest of the site and could not find them...Thanks!