I’ve had many requests asking for me to post ‘straight out of camera’ (SOOC) images from my recent shoot. When I’m shooting on location and I’m not using Cam Ranger (which is all the time, because I don’t own one… yet), I tend to keep my camera’s LCD a little on the bright side, so that what I’m seeing outdoors on the tiny little 3″ LCD is, well… ‘a little bit on the bright side’ (of course I check my histogram occasionally to ensure that there’s no major clipping on either end of the spectrum).

This keeps the actual image slightly under exposed which, as Dani Diamond teaches us, is a good thing for natural light photography, but I also do this with strobes. I’ve always had a tendency to over do it; both with my lights and in post, creating hot-spots on people’s faces – so Dani’s technique has helped me a bit, even though I don’t apply it the way he teaches.

I’d rather be bringing back slightly under exposed details, than trying to pull down over exposed ones. Once that pixel goes white… there’s no information left to recover!

Vancouver Outdoor Portrait Workshop | Summer 2016

So I just spent the past 4 hours learning a new video editing program and making this test video. I realize that I need a TON more portraits in landscape orientation, so that I don’t have to use all these filler images that don’t crop nicely  😦

Anyone looking for some killer headshots that will be featured in my final product? I’m looking to do test shoots with models that can produce amazing footage. I will also be hiring models for the actual workshop this summer, so this WILL lead to a paid gig for those of you that can produce!

EMAIL ME examples of your work if you’re interested in working with me on this: – DON’T FORGET to include your FULL contact information! Hope to work with you soon!

Fudging the Squinch

Here’s a little tip, that I don’t normally share…. Often times, when I have trouble getting the proper expression from the model’s eyes – I will fake Peter Hurley‘s ‘squinch’ using Photoshop….

I use the liquify tool to push the lower eyelid up and then I will mask out the Iris afterwards, as it usually becomes distorted. Here’s the final result, and you can compare to the original – it’s subtle in some cases – depending on the scenario, but I find it’s effective for those shots that are ALMOST ‘there’.

Fudging The Squinch from Pete Jones | Vancouver Photog on Vimeo.

Here’s the link to Peter’s ‘squinch’ video in case you haven’t seen it yet: