July 2010 Archives

Shooting for fun!

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Sometimes Saguaro Shadows Photography has to take a break and just shoot for fun!

The summer Monsoon season provides excellent opportunities for spectacular sunsets. Unfortunately, even this time of year, it's pretty hit and miss. Sometimes there are too many clouds, or sometimes not at all! Yesterday I was lucky to get a classic monsoon sunset!

For sunsets out here, it's important to pick your spot early, and stay late! You'll never know what might develop early, or late after the sun has gone down. Yesterday, the clouds were quite dramatic, and things started to develop early:

As the sun went behind the clouds, things go really interesting:

As the sun set, there were too many clouds for any really nice shots, but it was fun to watch things develop, and just shoot for fun for a change!

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Tools

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So Saguaro Shadows Photography has been busy with weddings, babies, and portraits. So what tools do we use on our images?

We start with importing all our images into Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom allows us to quickly import, tag, organize, and select our "winner" images. For many images, that's where it ends. Lightroom's basic editing capabilities provide all the editing the image needs.

But for images that need extra special care, we export to Photoshop. Once in Photoshop we have a variety of tools to choose from, depending on the need.

My sharpening tool of choice is Photokit Sharpener. Photokit provides an excellent sharpening tool for import sharpening, special targeted sharpening, and final output sharpening.

From there, I generally move to Nik Software's tools. I use Viveza 2 for targeted adjustments and Color Efex Pro for other adjustments.

The tool I turned to most often within Color Efex Pro is the darken/lighten center tool. This tool provides a dramatic improvement to most portraits, especially outdoor portraits.

Original Image:

After Darken/Lighten Center:

For skin retouching, we sometimes use Portraiture, or the Dynamic Skin Softener in Color Efex Pro. Both work well, but provide different results. Both need to be used lightly to not give obvious, plastic looking results!

That's about it for our major workflow tools!

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More Babies!

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Saguaro Shadows Photography is still busy with babies!

After a long string of baby boys, we finally got a baby girl!

We are now offering our new parents two baby photo plans. The first provides an infant shoot (under 6 weeks), a shoot at around 6 months, and a shoot at around 1 year. At the end of the year, we compile the best of the shots from the whole year into an album.

Our second baby plan option is the unlimited plan. For a fixed plan, we offer the parents the opportunity to book an appointment any time of the year, as many as they want. This provides the opportunity to capture images from occasions such as Halloween and Christmas.

The two plans provide two different price points for the parents to choose from. They also choose to just purchase one session at a time. But both of parents are far more attractive and most parents recognize the value we are providing them in these packages.

This young lady is on our unlimited plan, so you'll be seeing more images of her as the year goes on!

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