Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Technique Tuesday: “LIVE” Print Review; & Wedding Day Daydreams

Good Morning Everybody,

First off, sorry for the late post today.  We’ve got a lot of things going on at the studio that took precedence over the DPT blog today. But I finally found some time to get today’s post up and running.

Before we get to today’s lesson, I want to mention something coming up this weekend that I think you will find quite interesting. Why not give it a read below and then on to today’s video. Enjoy!

You’re Invited To A “LIVE” Print Review This Sunday

KPPA Print Logo That’s right,  this Sunday from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST, our Kentucky Professional Photographers Association is conducting their Fall print review.  Photographers from all around the state will be submitting their images to be reviewed by three qualified judges.

KPPA Print review Since I’m the VP of our association, we got together and thought it would be a cool idea to “broadcast” the print review “LIVE” via a webcast. It’s FREE and you can register RIGHT HERE!

This webcast is for anyone wanting to learn how to make their images more exciting, more dramatic and technically more sound. You cannot afford to miss the opportunity. Its really cool to see what goes through the judges mind as they review the images submitted. Once again, you can register right here.

Technique Tuesday:  Wedding Day Daydreams

Melanie 1200px- IMG_1639Yesterday’s “Image Of The Day” post entitled, “Wedding Day Daydreams” [link] yielded some very nice comments, emails, and Facebook comments so I thought I would make it the center of attention in today’s lesson.

The image is the lucky result of decent weather, a cool fall sky, and random geese flying by that allowed me to capture this great image of the bride on her wedding day.  That was only half the story though.  Judicious use of Adobe’s ACR sliders and a Photoshop trick or two gave me the finished result.

This tutorial will walk you through all the steps I took to first capture the image and then properly compose and light it.  Then I’ll walk you thru how I reviewed the images on the computer until I eventually chose the images to use in creating this bridal portrait. 

Also, I don’t use ACR very often, but I’ll show you the steps I took to get the image mostly where I wanted it before heading into Photoshop for a few final adjustments and additions.

There’s lots of good information in this tutorial so I hope you enjoy it. Hit the PLAY button below and enjoy the show!


Hey gang, that’s it for me today.  Boy, the day sure has gotten away from me, I’ve got to back to my real job.  I’ll plan to see everyone right here again tomorrow with another episode of “The One That Got Away.” And, this time, it’s one of my images ;~)

See ya’ then,  David


  1. I look forward seeing your tutorials, thank you. I stopped using photoshop raw because it was reducing my file sizes dramatically. do you have an idea why? I loved using it but it was giving me 1-3mb size files from a 7D at times. I am using Digital photo professional and cs5 now and would love to go back to photoshop raw.

  2. Hi David!

    Please tell me again the name of the image browser you're using in this video.


  3. Unbelievable image. I love the way that you put it all together. Can't wait for your class next April. I will be there with bells on.

  4. Really cool stuff. I know there are folks out there that will be saying this is not photography, rather, 'Photoshop-ery'. I would remind them, that we would also made the same sort of corrections in the darkroom, in the old film days...albiet it was much more work back then, and some of these corrections would take so much time and effort that it was simply impractical to do. Thank you David!

  5. Hey David great video on the bridal shoot. I was on a trip to shoot a wedding and my buddy pulled out your book. I had to check out your site after seeing your images. I post this video on our blog www.fstoppers.com on the Wednesday Rundown. Thanks again!

  6. Raul:

    Raw determines file size depending on how you set it. Open a raw file from Bridge into Raw and look at the very bottom of the image. There will be a line telling you what size (and other details) the image will open as. Click on it and change as necessary.

  7. David,
    Image file browser name again? Thanks!

  8. Seems I skirted over the name of the image browser too quickly. It's called Irfanview. You can download it free from Irfanview.com. Be sure to grab the plug-ins too. It's the only image browser I've used for years.

  9. Awesome video, you are such a good teacher, I always learn something from your tutorials that is useful. Thank you!