Are you looking for fresh inspiration in your beauty and fashion photography?
Do you want to take advantage of the nice weather and bring your photography sessions outdoors?
Do you suffer from a slow summer season and need new ways to attract more clients?
Do you want to create jaw dropping mini sessions / limited sessions to boost your income?
Do you want to stand out from the crowd, wow your clients and attract models with eye-catching photography?
Then this course is perfect for you. Celebrate the summer with a magazine style 'pool shoot' that is playful with a gorgeous feminine yet empowering look! Your clients will feel like top models in the Caribbean - and what's more, creative portrait photography doesn’t have to break the bank. There are no borders to conceptual photography, as we'll show you with inexpensive props and a small outdoor area.
You’ll be amazed at what you can do with just a kiddie pool, bath drops, flowers, milk and other creative props!
You will learn:
Do you love working with flash? Natural light? Both?
Sandy and Matt will cover flash techniques and camera settings, as well as the best ways to take advantage of natural light to get the most variety from your shoot.
First, Sandy and Matt take you through the preparation and set up of the shoot, including what props to buy, practical tips on handling posing your model in water, and camera and lighting settings. Then you'll get a fly on the wall view of the shoot that implements all the ideas so you can do exactly the same.
Then Sandy walks through a complete, comprehensive Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop set of tutorials (over 3 hours) on how to transform the images into amazing works of fine art. At the end, your images will look like they belong in a high fashion magazine! Your clients will receive a truly unique style of photography that sets you apart from your competitors.
Whether you are a beginner DSLR photographer or a seasoned pro, you will find a host of tips and tricks that will help you create fantastic images.
This highly practical course shows you a new way of beauty photography - how to create a ‘dreamy water’ pool-style that will be an outstanding addition to your portfolio. If you want to achieve higher sales, and help to think outside the box for your next photoshoot, then this course is for you!
In this lecture you will learn how to choose your photoshoot location - important considerations and mistakes to avoid
One of the most crucial parts to making the photoshoot a success - shopping! Many tutorials recommend items but don't show you where or how to buy them. Here Sandy literally walks with you through the store and then reviews all the props so you can find your ingredients with ease.
Before running headfirst into the shoot, Sandy and Matt describe the importance of planning the right flow of the shoot. This will save you a ton of time and mistakes by helping you prepare in advance.
Understanding the right equipment and settings are critical to a successful shoot. Avoid setting yourself up for failure with these important instructions around flash, natural light, aperture and more.
Shooting in a small area like a kiddie pool only gives you a small frame in which to shoot, which may feel limiting at first. This is why briefing the model with the right posing instructions is crucial to achieving a wide variety of images. For your convenience you will also find some excerpts from Sandy's book Posing Like A Pro which gives you the most important overview on how to pose the model's hands.
Last but not least - we will explain why a light will make your life easier and why it takes the 'guess work' out of your photoshoot so you can focus on taking great images and not have to worry if your lighting is correct. In Photoshop this frees you up so you can be creative in your enhancements instead of focussing on corrections.
A fly on the wall view of the first set with just the kiddie and water - watch how Sandy communicates with the model Lady Aurora and flows through the different angles and poses. At the end you will see the original images versus the final images to give you a taste of what's the come!
Here Sandy shows you how to add the right amount of bath drops and flowers to the water, to set the scene for the next set.
A fly on the wall view of set 2 - you've got the idea of the flow of the shoot by now, so we fast forward through the set to give you an overview of how the same kiddle pool will offer a dreamy look.
The final set - adding milk to the purple water to get the 'hot pink' effect, again with before and after images. Next up - photoshop!
In this section Sandy walks you through her workflow in Adobe Bridge for selecting images. She will show you how to define and analyze your images for the best potential.
A "well-oiled" process is crucial in speeding up your workflow. In this lecture Sandy will show you how she narrows down her images and explains the importance of being strict on deleting images.
The color label is just one way to rate your images, in this tutorial Sandy will show you how to rate your images with the star-system.
Bonus: Sandy will teach a few more things to look out for in your shoot so you will end up only with the best images and can create a workflow with ease.
In this lecture Sandy will teach you why some poses work better than others.
If you never worked in Adobe Camera Raw - don't worry: Sandy will walk you through it - she will explain all the basic adjustments (but you can also achieve the same look in Lightroom).
In this lecture Sandy will demonstrate the amazing feature that allows you to change color with ease - and she explains why it's even better than Photoshop's way of changing color.
For anybody who doesn't like or want to use ACR - Sandy will show you how you can develop your picture the same way in Lightroom.
Now we will enhance the picture even further with the help of Photoshop, first step: Paint your environment.
In the next step we prep the picture for a water texture and start with skin adjustments (how to use the healing brush on an empty layer).
In this lecture Sandy will explain to you the amazing way how a texture can help you to transform your image from being a picture to becoming a piece of art.
Further fine tuning with the help of ACR.
In this step it's all about "Bodytransformation" and "Bodyshaping" - how to change the model's body to make it looks its best without changing too much. Sandy will guide you to her workflow to help you using the Liquify Filter to create subtle yet stunning results.
In this lecture Sandy will teach you how the Channel Mixer will help you to see potential problems in the model's skin.
Learn about the Frequency Separation Technique and How to save an "action". If you ever wanted to know how professional photographers are using the Frequency Separation (FS), now is your chance to watch Sandy do it. She will explain all these steps that look complicated at first but once mastered, you can apply it in future retouching projects with ease. And - you will learn how easy it is to record a "photoshop action" ! This way you won't need to worry about remembering all the steps about FS in the future.
In this crucial lecture you will learn about a great way to achieve soft skin in photoshop without losing any pores. Sandy will teach you how you can easily create a very flattering result but without the worry of a "fake" looking skin.
After creating soft and beautiful looking skin, now it's time to add back some contrast to it. Sandy will explain different ways how photographers are using the "Dodge and Burn" Technique and which way to use it to master the best result for a three dimensional result that will slim, shape and flatter any body type.
In this lecture you will learn how to add even more flattering and dramatic contrast while at the same time you can judge if the image would also work as a black and white image.
Are you worried that the "Caribbean Summer Look" won't work with pale looking people? No need! In this section Sandy will show you how you can achieve a natural tanned look for your model or client.
In this lecture you will hear about why the Smart Filter is great to use and how to enhance your image even further.
As Sandy stated it is not necessary that you need to employ a make-up artist for your shoot. As long as your model or client can apply her make-up in a way that it provides a good base - everything else we can enhance and intensify in photoshop. See how easy it is to apply a different colored eye shadow, intensify blush and lipstick - and even nail polish you can change if you wish.
Last adjustments: Learn how to fine tune your image with the Patch, Clone and Healing Tool.
In this step, Sandy will tell you her big secret on how she achieves that special glow that makes her images so unique. Hint: It's a recipe in one of the NIK filters (which are now owned by google and available for free!).
In this lecture you will hear how you can sharpen your image to achieve a truly stunning result.
You thought each image takes a loooong time to retouch? No - it won't! In this tutorial Sandy will show you how you can transfer your image settings to a new one.
And even better - you can also take over image information and layers in photoshop from an already worked on image to a new one. This will speed up your work process and makes retouching a lot faster!
Quick Edit Intro.
Watch how Sandy edits in real time.
In this lecture you will learn how you can speed up your workflow even more: The magic? Color Range.
More Image Enhancement and Body Shaping will be taught in this lecture.
Once more you will be able to see how Sandy enhances Skin: FS, The Powder Technique and Skin Tanning.
In this lecture you will see how Sandy edits the second set: It's going to be dreamy and you will learn to create stunning fine art.
Another way to learn how the Smart Filter can be extremely useful and how it will help you to work non-destructive.
In this lecture you will learn all about "Dreamy Water" Colors and how to add flares for this fantasy style look.
By now you know all the secrets and techniques: In this fast-forward "fly on the wall" edit you can watch how Sandy transformed the third set (hot pink) into a romantic yet dramatic look.
If you ever wanted to build your own Flower Crown - don't worry, it's easy! Sandy explains all the necessary ingredients and what to look out for.
Watch Sandy build a Flower Crown from Scratch. Have fun with trying it yourself! It will provide a creative and unique look to all your shoots and will "wow" your clients and models.
Thank you for watching our tutorial! We wish you amazing shoots with this truly creative concept!
Sandy is originally from Germany and studied Photography in London, where she earned a Diploma in Professional Photography. Following her passion for creative conceptual portrait photography, she moved to San Jose, California where she runs stylized portrait workshops, and wrote the book 'Posing Like A Pro' which covers all aspects of posing for the contemporary photographer.
Sandy loves teaching and helping photographers reach new levels in their technique and creativity!