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Bright Lights, Big City - A Collaboration

Last week a good friend and fellow photographer, Miguel Cortes messaged me asking if I was available to help out on a photoshoot concept he'd been working on, so naturally, when I heard the words "Neon" "Eighties" and "Custom Bikes", well, I was in hook line and sinker! 

Calling in Liz Gopwani and Tiffannie Michelle to Style our models (Samantha Vitone and Angelica Acevedo, we set off to the Downtown Container Park in Las Vegas to be the background of our shot.

Once the awesome tricked out bikes arrived on set we started the setup. Consisting of my Profoto B2 Light kit on some Savage Universal Drop Stands with 46" Photek Softlighters, we set the camera to Rear Curtain Sync (for shutter drag), and started spraying some Atmosphere Aerosol to add a little ambience to the shot. 

I started spreading the atmosphere aerosol for Miguel to get his shots while we drew a fairly large crowd around the entrance to the park. After he got the images he wanted, we switched off so that I could fire a few frames before moving to our second location for the alternate look, (And subsequently, more complicated shot).

By the time we got ready to roll for this setup, Miguel had to leave. Meaning, I had to take the lead to finish the image.  The plan was to setup the bikes in an alley using rear curtain sync with my Sigma 35mm A series locked on a tripod with focus dialed into a "zone" for the girls to roll up on and hold a pose before the lights fired off. It took several test shots and countdown tries between the fog and approximate "marks" to hit before we finally nailed our "fire" shot, but with an awesome team, we managed to get the images we wanted all in under an hour's time!

Take a look at the images below and let us know what you think. All edits done in Photoshop with finishing tone touches done with Alien Skin Exposure X

It's Over :( Alien Skin Exposure Bundle Sale!

Don't forget that the 30% off sale from Alien Skin Software ends on the 30th!  Their latest release is the Exposure X Bundle, which integrates all of their photography apps into one awesome package including Brushes for masking!

http://bit.ly/290coKv

Plugins can be insanely powerful additions to your creative arsenal, but you can use them as little or as much as you want! For me, I barely scratch the surface of what most can do, and that's just because i'm set in my retouching ways haha and for me it's all about speeding things up. This is why I love using Exposure for my color grading and final touches. While I _can_ do everything in photoshop, it's just soooo much faster for me to have built a few presets in Alien Skin to achieve the looks I know I want!

For instance, here's a new image of the awesome Oneisha shot in San Diego. 

At this point i've already done my "retouching" and it's only a matter of stylizing the image. so this is where we load up Alien Skin Exposure to do the heavy lifting! 

Now there's a tone of presets already made in here, but for this we're using a recent "warm toned" stylization that i've been using. With just a couple of quick adjustments to line up with where my subject is in the image, and i've got my stylized look of choice!

It's subtle, but with the before/after split screen you can see i've got the look I want. Yes I can achieve the same thing in photoshop, but with this i can save a few presets and have it ready to roll and choose in an instant.

Here's the finished image of the gorgeous Oneisha!

Be Sure to Check out the bundle and Save while you can! Sale ends on Thursday, June 30th, 2016! http://bit.ly/290coKv

Want this preset? Click here to download!

Alien Skin Summer Sale! June 23rd - 30th!!!

The folks at Alien Skin Software just let me know that they are having a 30% off sale from June 23rd to the 30th. Their latest release is the Exposure X Bundle, which integrates all of their photography apps into one awesome package.

I've been using Exposure to develop some beautiful creative looks that my clients are thrilled with! Since they have added tools for brushing and layers, it's helped speed up my workflow immensely! Color grade/toning and creative editing is a breeze for my final touches with Alien Skin! The great thing about plugins, is you can use them as little or as much and in-depth as you want in your workflow. For me, since everything i shoot is so varied, using Exposure X to do my final color treatments and stylization cuts HOURS out of my work load every week.  And when you're under a deadline, that's worth the price and then some!

Here’s some recent work that Exposure really helped me with: 

A Cosplay image of the fabulous Rin in Las Vegas

A Cosplay image of the fabulous Rin in Las Vegas

Poolside Color Grade done in Alien Skin Exposure for the beautiful Karol Martin of San Diego

Poolside Color Grade done in Alien Skin Exposure for the beautiful Karol Martin of San Diego

Alien Skin Exposure can help speed up your color grades and toning! A custom "daylight" color tone applied with Exposure X to this intimate shot of Oneisha Watson.

Alien Skin Exposure can help speed up your color grades and toning! A custom "daylight" color tone applied with Exposure X to this intimate shot of Oneisha Watson.

Fashion, Beauty, Boudoir, And creative edits in a flash with Alien Skin!

Fashion, Beauty, Boudoir, And creative edits in a flash with Alien Skin!

Toning is a breeze with Alien Skin! Fashion Shoot Finishing touches in this image of Chelsea Courey of Louisville KY!

Toning is a breeze with Alien Skin! Fashion Shoot Finishing touches in this image of Chelsea Courey of Louisville KY!

Simply Angelic! Madeline A Ford stuns in Chicago with a quick color grade with Exposure!

Simply Angelic! Madeline A Ford stuns in Chicago with a quick color grade with Exposure!

A close headshot of RIN in her Demon Cosplay!

A close headshot of RIN in her Demon Cosplay!

Harley Quinn never looked so powerful!!

Harley Quinn never looked so powerful!!