Saturday, December 7, 2013

I made a little gift for you :)

Create your very own magical snow globe!
Insert an image under the snow globe layer and chose if you want it "snowing" or not by clicking the eye icon next to the snow layer.
You can customize the text layer and add more of your own. (Must have basic working knowledge in PhotoShop).

Download snow-globe card

Feel free to use the card to send to friends, family, loved ones (hope you have many!), clients, etc, I just ask you to not sell it as a blank template due to copy writes protection :)

 Have fun and happy holidays!

Friday, November 22, 2013

I have missed you!

You may have noticed I was "away" for a while...hopefully you missed me as well :)
I have definitely missed creating new blog posts & sharing them with you...
One of the more important reasons I was so quiet (besides keeping busy with photo assignments) was being pregnant & now the proud mother of a six months old beautiful baby girl :)
No one told me that one of the things time does when you have a baby is take quantum leaps instead of the regular 24/7...for example, I meant to take little baby pictures of her & only got around to doing it now(!). Moving to a new house & having everything in boxes didn't help either but I finally dug out a basic light setup & did a little test.
I set up shop in the basement (great high ceiling & windows) & did this around midnight when the little peanut refused to go to sleep & was seeking creative entertainment...I love having an in house model! Just like the big fashion houses ;)

This is a simple setup you can do anywhere (almost), I used a painted backdrop from Denny but you can use a solid color, brick wall or anything else you see fit.

The light setup consists of a main light, a hair/back light & a reflector.

I used two Dynalite heads (my favorite light packs!), the main light has a five foot octagon soft box with grid (Photoflex).
The hair/back light also has a honeycomb grid on (#20) to control light spill, it is mounted on a boom arm..
On the opposite side of the main light you have a simple round silver reflector ( Westcott).

I used the teddy bear as a stand in for the youngster since he has way more patient & spent a little time adjusting the lights, I could have done some finer tuning but hubby/assistant was getting restless...hey, I can't get too picky at that time of night, lol!

Here are the stages of directing the lights where you want them to go:
First you want the main light to illuminate your subject & spill onto  the background (since I didn't use a dedicated back light).

Then you want to make sure your hair/back light falls on your subject just right & give a little separation from the background (I could have flagged it a bit more if I wasn't so rushed! :)).

The reflector is filling the other side of the subject but the intensity will be determined by you - move it closer for a brighter look or further away for a soft fill of the shadows  -  I have them about equally distanced from my teddy.

If you are familiar with my work, you know I like to use many more lights when I shoot, being a control freak pays off but since I wanted something simple, quick & easy this setup worked just fine.

Here are a few un-edited takes:

cutie pie photo shoot

The entire actual shoot lasted less then 10 min & that includes having the puppy girl topple backwards & trying to eat the floor (roll up from Denny) but it was a lot of fun & I can't wait to do it again!

After picking out a few of my favorites (sooo hard since I love them all) I headed to Photoshop to do some creative "dodge & burn" & have some fun, I love the look & feel of old I was playing around with different textures & colors, this can literally take forever since the options are endless & at some point I just have to be happy with the result & just let it be :)

Here are a few of my edited images:

 You can use this basic, simple light setup to shoot pretty much anything you like - still life, people, pets, self portraits, etc.
Outside, on location the sun can be your back light (or main light), then use an on/off camera flash to be your second light (either the main or fill light) & of course remember to set up that reflector :)

Would love to hear from you so let me know what you think & definitely share your work with us here!

Happy to be back!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Holiday gift for you!

First, I want to apologize for not posting in quite a while... I hope all of you are well and that you had a good year or at least learned some good lessons you can take with you into 2013...
As many of you may remember I like to give a little gift at the end of the year just to say thank you for choosing to spend some of your time here with me on the blog and for the many interesting emails and comments you share :)
A number of people mentioned they would love to have the card templates I made and I'm happy to oblige!

Since the holidays are here, I made a few special cards just for you!
It's my way of saying thank you for your support :) ( so if you haven't done so yet - enter your name and email address in the "Subscribe now!" field (top right))
The cards are 5x7 at 300 ppi (created using Photo Shop CS - any recent PS version can handle it).
There are a few templates and a background paper in each set to create single, double or even triple fold cards!
They are composed of a few layers that give you a lot of flexibility in customizing them to your specific needs - flip them around, add "Happy Holiday", "Mazal Tov", "We Love Grandma" or anything else you fancy, re-size them and play around - but the most important thing is to insert pictures into the frame and put them to good use!
To use them as is( in Photo Shop), just drop an image into the empty layer, re-size it as needed and print or email.
The cards are yours to keep, use them, share them and sell them to your clients with your/their images :)
The only thing I ask that you avoid is resell them as blank templates due to artist rights.
So go ahead, enjoy your cards and let me know how you liked them :)
(Click image for larger view/click on set_number to download a zipped bundle/save as )

Set#1  set_1

Set#2  set_2

Set#3  set_3

Set#4  set_4

Set#5  set_5

Set#6  set_6

(Photos are not included and are for demo purposes only@vered koshlano)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Canon 5D III

As you well know by now, Canon has announced the highly anticipated 5D mark 3 (5DIII).

Canon engineers did their best to address all the "issues" customers wanted fixed/added and redesigned the camera delivering better ergonomic functionality along with extra features that didn't exist before.

I had a short hands-on with the 5D3 a few days ago and have to say I was impressed; the buttons make more sense, the improved AF (61 points) takes focusing to a completely new level, a full frame 22.3 CMOS imager coupled with the powerful Digic 5+ processor deliver speed, low light capabilities, new video features like 60p @720, improved overall performance...and much more :)

Here is a link to the Canon 5D3 page, it lists all the features and specs you would love to have on this full size sensor camera: Canon 5DIII specs

I also found a great article on Cnet with a nice compare chart you might want to check out: Canon 5DIII on Cnet

I'll post images here as soon as I have a chance to shoot with it :)