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bad-at-being-bad  asked:

How does one go about making the color palette photos you posted about a while ago? Do you have to hand make them in photoshop or...? Thanks!

Hey there! Bex here (the maker of the palette post). 

There are a lot of ways to make palettes, even some Android and iPhone apps that will do it for you. I didn’t know this until after I started making my own. I make them in Photoshop by hand. Let’s make one together!

First, import the photo into PS. Unlock and duplicate the base layer (in case you make any mistakes and need the original image untouched - this is a best practice for ANY work you do in PS), then turn the base layer off (note - I am seeing now that I have written all of this out that I did not follow my own step one…Do as I say, not as I do…). 

You’re going to want to create guides so all of your palette shapes are aligned properly. Go to View>New Guide. I make two guides - one 0.5 inches from the edge, and one 2 inches from the edge.

Create a new, blank layer on top of the base duplicate. Make sure this later is active and selected when you make your first sample.

In the toolbar, select the Elliptical Marquee tool (you can use any shape, but I use circles). In the guides you just made, make a circle 1.5x1.5. It will fit right inside. It should look like this:

Use the eyedropper tool to select any color from the photograph. I usually start at the lightest end of the color spectrum I’m working with. In this case I chose a whitish tone. Switch to the paintbrush tool and fill in the circle you just created. You should now have something like this:

Now, there are 100 ways to do this, but I’m a careful Photoshopper, and I often like to maximize my freedom with an image and take the long way around a lot of tasks. For my own methods, I create an individual layer for each color sample. This way, I can move them around and delete or replace at my leisure. I label each layer with the color sampled in the circle. You will see here that my first layer is called “white”. My second layer is called “orange” and I make the circle anywhere within the guides. PS is smart, and it will know you’re trying to line stuff up, so it will help you. Move your circles around all you want, and PS will snap them to the guides (if you have “snap” checked under View) when it thinks that’s what you want. In this case, it is.

I repeat this step for every circle I create. At the end, it looks something like this:

You’ll notice that I decided to reverse my palette, and I was very happy to have created all of those separate layers. You’ll also notice that I forgot that pink comes before orange in the spectrum, and had to insert another layer in. 

The final step is merging the circle layers into one. To do this, you select all the sample layers, right click and select “merge layers”. Save in the format of your choice and voila! A beautiful palette fit for a queen.

Feel free to play around with this technique as much as you feel comfortable. Make your guides on the top or bottom! Use tones in black and whites! Make squares! Diamonds, even! Have fun and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

Photography by Bex

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“If you’re having difficulty finding a natural or intuitive expression in a portrait session of having trouble identifying with the person you’re photographing, look into their eyes carefully and see if you can find your own reflection there. Discover yourself looking at you.

Then, ask your subject to look into your camera lens and find their own reflection, and be prepared to make the portrait. In that singular moment, people are less focused on projecting an image of themselves for the camera and are more looking to find themselves.”

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crickeyitstherozzers  asked:

So my university has an opening for a Photography Assistant and I'd really like to apply, but I need to submit a portfolio. How many photos should my portfolio be? Should I adapt it for each job? (Landscape, portrait, fashion, etc.)

Hi there, Bex here!

There are many ways to submit a portfolio, but my personal favorite is in book form. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on it (the printing will be the main cost), and it looks sleek and elegant. 

The book I used was $6 on Amazon. It’s 8 1/2 x 11, and I printed it all myself on 13x19 Epson matte paper. There are 24 pages in it, so a total of 12 spreads, which is how I chose to organize my work. You can use many more photos this way.

I have three different books - one for landscapes, one for studio/product work and one for architecture. It’s important to organize them as such, to suit your client!

Here are some example spreads I used:

This is my intro spread. It’s a half page layout with my logo and a photograph that I thought perfectly embodies who I am and the work I do. The book I chose also has a pocket for business cards.

I also chose to include an introductory page - a simple spread that talks about who I am and why I’m here. You can tailor this to suit whichever job you are going for.

Your spreads can be one image across two pages, or split up any way you want. The most important thing is to keep the images cohesive.

Get creative! This spread isn’t three martini glasses, but one glass three times. Photoshop is perfect for making this kind of stuff, and this type of image has much more editorial appeal than the single glass on its own.

As long as you aren’t cutting off anything major, the page break is absolutely no big deal. 

Like I said, this is just one way, but it’s the way I have found to be the cheapest, easiest and simplest. Also, the best thing about books like this one is that they only cost about $20 each to create, so you can leave one with any client or potential employer and not be out scads of money the way you would be if you brought and left them a box of matted prints. They can peruse your work at their leisure, and it literally leaves a more lasting impression.

I hope this helps! Good luck!!

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anonymous asked:

Hello! I have a Canon Rebel t3i with whatever lens it comes with in the package deal. I live on the west coast which means there are some pretty sunsets out here. I'm trying to figure out how to get the cliche sunset on the beach picture without over exposure. I'm still new to figuring the camera out so any help is much appreciated. Thanks!

Hi Anon, Bex here. 

My first piece of advice would be to start photographing everything in RAW format. The file sizes are larger, but you can pull a LOT more information out of them than normal JPEGs. Here is a post that Ben and I have both written on the subject, for more information. 

Second piece of advice - learn your Rebel’s manual functions. The key you a beautiful landscape shot, especially a sunset, is being able to manipulate the settings yourself, and not letting the camera decide. Don’t know how to shoot in M mode? RTM - Read the Manual.

If you’re not into manual shooting, at least be in RAW format. This will allow you to bring up shadows and darker tones, and to bring down overexposed sky tones, creating a more balanced image overall. If you ARE into manual shooting, shoot the sunset 1-1.5 stops over null. I know this sounds exactly like what you DON’T want, but trust me. Once you bring it into Lightroom and play around with it, you will see how useful it is to be in RAW format when editing for tones and exposure.You can use a graduated filter to bring down the sky tones very easily.

Practice, practice, practice. Shoot all the sunsets you can get yourself in front of. I shot this one tonight - here is the before and after in RAW.

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