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It is about the Idea!

As professional photographers, we are judged  by our customers and others, not only for our technical ability to solve photographic problems, but also for our creative ability.  You will in your business come across clients who could care less about your creative ability and are interested only in the cost to get the photographs they need.  You will also encounter clients who are going to use you specifically for your creative abilities.

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This first image is of a rafter on a Grand Canyon rafting trip.  He wore a visor during the whole trip and his curly locks hung out over the brow of the visor.  Since the water is ice cold, you only got to bath and shampoo your hair every few days.  This you could say, made his hair slightly stiff.

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In last image you can see the adjustment here for the blue channel.  Again I tweak this to taste.  That’s basically how you do a cross processed look with a digital image and as I mentioned you adjust each of the channels until you like the balance you have.

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Happy Holidays

I have at times, been a very prolific stock photographer. This image represents yet another idea that hit me one day.  It has also been a huge selling photograph for me and a great promotional image.  It has the wow factor.  Since I created this image in the early 90s it has been copied many times and is now pretty commonplace within the market.

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This image was not that difficult to pull off but that’s because I live here and was able to set it up and wait for a very good snowfall.  I went out with my Christmas lights and I completely decorated the tree and then ran 200 feet of extension cord over to my garage.  The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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The next step was to add a drop shadow and I used the same technique that was mentioned in lessons a while back. Then using the lasso tool, went in and drew a rough circle around his nose.  I clicked on the foreground color and selected a nice read to be a foreground color.  I then went to Edit> Fill> Foreground color and this filled the circle with red. The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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Ideas, Ideas, Ideas!

I cannot stress enough the importance of ideas.  Many professional photographers are consumed by the creation of visual images and the ideas that go with them and are constantly on the lookout for visual stimulation and ideas that would make great photographs.  I am one of those! The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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But since Photoshop is my new best friend, I knew there was something I could do and I decided to start playing with the images.  In the end, I chose a very simple technique: I duplicated my background layer and then opened up the curves pallet on that particular layer and started to tweak the curves almost using a cross processed approach or bending the curves to really bend the color. I then added a Reveal All mask to that layer and using a soft brush and black, I painted on the mask and over the hand and the lure.  Eventually I painted a enough black on the mask to actually hide the color toning a fact from the hand and the lure, leaving it all on the background. The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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