I am so far behind posting photos this week! I have a bunch of great photos I took in Salado the other night of two wonderful Soldiers. Hopefully I'll have them up for viewing tomorrow night. Here's a sneak peak of this beautiful young lady I was fortunate enough to capture on digits.
I downloaded a copy of Portrait Professional 11 software from the Anthropics website recently. I know there's a lot of portrait software out there to choose from, and some of the products are better than others, for sure. For me, Portrait Professional fit my needs. It's fairly easy to use and relatively inexpensive. Like everything in life, it works better if used in moderation. Above is an example of what the software can do as long as you remember I haven't been using it very long and I'll obviously get better over time. I think it adds a lot to the look and polish of the photo.
Most photographers talk “white balance” in terms of adjusting their camera to the ambient light source. On the other hand they talk about color temperature in terms of the type of light being emitted by the light source. They are the same topic but are often confusing to most beginners. Adjusting the white balance setting on your camera is simple. Simply recognize the type of light that is illuminating your subject when the picture is being taken and adjust the setting on your camera to the appropriate setting. Understanding color temperature is understanding the Kelvin scale (temperature) associated with each individual color. For instance the higher the Kelvin the more orange the color of the light and the lower the Kelvin the more blue the color of the light (see the photo above).
In reality what most people incorrectly do is set their camera on automatic and hope that their camera is smart enough to know the difference. If not, then the answer becomes “Fix it in Photoshop!”. If that’s the plan, then you better be shooting in RAW format because any color temperature adjustment (in fact any adjustment) made to a JPEG (.JPG) file is destructive in nature and continual adjustment will eventually destroy the photograph completely.
If, for instance, your camera is set correctly and you shoot your photo, all is well. If it isn’t set correctly, your photo will be pushed either to the blue/purple end or the red/orange end in the process of taking the photo. This is easily fixable if you shot your photo in RAW format and destructively fixable in .JPG format. Lesson here is to always shoot in the RAW format and make all your adjustments on layers in Photoshop. This will preserve the original shot forever which can be repeatedly adjusted without ever destroying the information.
This information is also discussed in the video below by Mike Browne. I find him to be very knowledgeable and easy to understand. If you like this video you can find others by him on youtube.com discussing many other photographic ideas and topics. I highly recommend his videos.
I am an amateur photographer and I have been actively taking photographs most of my life. My primary camera is the Nikon D7100 with an 18-135 mm lens attached, but I'm also known to use other lenses as well as the camera on my iPhone 5.