Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Technique Tuesday: Photographing What The Eye Can’t See

Good Morning Everybody,

Well, we made it out of the city yesterday and landed in New Jersey about 30 minutes later and headed to the Newark Hilton for last nights DWUC program. The first day of the new week is always the busiest. 

Landing In Philly-IMG_0512 We receive all the materials from our office and our sponsors on Monday. Since we’ve got big crowds in big cities this week, the amount of materials we received yesterday was a bit daunting – 3 FULL bell carts of boxes – about 2000 pounds of brochures, catalogues, and seminar supplies.  One of the bell carts even took a hit for the cause yesterday loosing a wheel as it was traveling to our meeting room.

The first city of the week is always about a five hour set up, but LaDawn and her group of volunteers somehow pull it off in time for the start of the program.  My thanks to all of them for getting us off to a great start last night.

Hey gang, I’ve put together a nice tutorial for today so let’s get right to it.  Here we go.

Photographing What The Eye Can’t See

While at Photoshop World two weeks ago, I did a “booth demo” at the Westcott booth. These demos are always fun to do and the crowd always brings a nice energy to the experience.

During the demo, I pulled off a little trick that surprised most of the attendees with my finished result. This tutorial shows a clever way in how we can change up the background of the scene to really add a nice "high key" look to our portraits. The result is really different than what the eye sees.  Hit the PLAY button and see what I'm talking about.

Hey gang, that’s it for me today.  We are heading to the “city of brotherly love”, Philadelphia, our biggest city of the week with over 260 already registered for tonight’s presentation. It should be a good time.  Pack all you pixels into the car and head on down. Hope to see you there. -David


  1. Did your camera settings (shutter aperature ISO, etc) change at all when you added the backlight to turn it white?

    What's interesting, is when you are outside, you do this the other way around. You adjust the camera for the backdrop, then add or subtract light accordingly for your subject. In this method, you adjusted the camera for the subject, then add light accordingly for your backdrop. Interesting contrast. I think I have that right, right?

    Great as always. Thanks!!


  2. Another fine technique. Isn't mastering light amazing?

  3. Very good and inspiring tutorial. Photographing what the eye can't see... An idea worth exploring. Thank you for the post.

  4. Thank you David. i havn't seen this before. i love it!