For those of you who haven’t figured it out yet, I’m at Photoshop World in Las Vegas this week learning as much as I possibly can. On Tuesday I was in an all day seminar, put on by Canon and taught by Eddie Tapp and Jack Reznicki, in which we studied lighting and composition theory, actually had a photo shoot with real models, and then came back to the classroom for editing and retouching instruction.
Being completely new to portrait photography, this was a day of firsts for me. I had never worked with remote strobes before (fixed lights that act like flashes which are triggered wirelessly), I had never worked with a professional model, and I had never edited a portrait in photoshop.
Having said all that, I was extremely delighted and honored tonight when I found out from one of my fellow attendees that my image had made it into the Top 5 this morning during the keynote speech to kick off the Photoshop World convention (which I missed from being up too late working on Woopra last night).
After presenting the photos they had the crowd vote by clapping, and I’m told it was actually a pretty close call. I didn’t win, but heck – I’m honored just to have been nominated!
Anyway, here is my top 5 finishing photograph. My models name was Lynn, but unfortunately I don’t know her last name or how to give her credit. Nonetheless she was very pleasant to work with and it was a long hard day for her and the other models because there were about 50 of us photographing them for hours non-stop.
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This image was shot with a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 70-200mm IS 2.8 lens. I used a custom white balance thanks to my trusty expodisc, and the model was staring up into a single whitebox with a strobe in it triggered by a pocket wizard. I edited the image fairly aggressively in Photoshop.