For the longest time, I've always loved the look of film. From my dad's old Nikon FM up until my 5D2, nothing trumps the look of film to me. Film; I love it and I can't get enough of it. But I was intrigued of how magazines make beauty portraits look so flawless and stunning. Don't get me wrong, I'll never leave my roots but if I were to go commercial one day, I need to learn this stuff.
After constant researching about the best way to go about retouching portraits, I stumbled upon split frequency base editing (for those who studied this in school, go ahead and make fun...it's ok). This probably is the one thing that I needed in my repertoire with fashion photography. I'm still practicing so back off!!
It took me a while to dodge and burn what, as well as what layers to stack, yada yada yada. So below is a photo I took of my homegirl Hazel (@realmisshazel)in my garage this past January (look at my previous post titled "Blue"). I still had the RAW file and did a few tweaks to get it to look ALMOST HDR (but not) in CR first. From there I proceeded to add high and low frequency layers, dodge and burn layers, then topped everything off with a few color filters and contrast filters. I think I'm getting there =)
I was approached by my mentor Vincent Gotti of The Candy Factory Studio to submit a photo editorial for GEV Magazine's Spring Issue 10. One of my resolutions this year was to be published in at least 5 editorials this year in either print or online magazines. This was the catalyst into what has been a difficult, yet successful campaign to becoming the kind of photographer that I've always sought out to be. So I'd like to share with all of you what has transpired in the months that I've been a bit stagnant when it comes to shooting. Here it is! The pages to my first published editorial in GEV Magazine!
Hey all! 2014 has so far been a blessing and I'm not letting any opportunity slide so long as it keeps stimulating my creativity.
My journey in photography isn't as extensive as some of my creative colleagues, but it's nice to get some recognition. RAW Natural Born Artists is a network of artists and creatives that get together and share what their art means to them to their friends and family. For those of you reading this, it would mean a lot to me if you're in the area to follow the link below and purchase tickets to my first ever showcase!
Things are happening so fast and I hope that I can keep up! Thank you all for your support =)
And here's the official flyer! Hope to see you there!