Month / December 2013
I don’t usually do newborn/baby photography – I don’t seem to have enough patience – but when a friend asks, you just cannot say no. Here are a few snapshots of baby Diana.
We ran the Help-Portrait Pittsburgh event for the 4th year in a row on December 7, 2013. As always, it has been an amazing experience! In this day and age it is hard to believe that there are people who have never been photographed! Huge thanks to Kevin Lorenzi for doing 99% of the organizational work, Allegro Hearth Bakery and Whole Foods of Pittsburgh for donating food to make the event more pleasant for everyone. As a side note, these are cell phone snapshots of the original printed images:)
Waterside, Norfolk, Virginia.
VSCO vs. Replichrome
About two months ago I received an email from TotallyRad! Inc, a company known for awesome Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets. They asked me to review their new film presets for Adobe Lightroom – presets that allow photographers quickly and easily edit images so that the final product looks as if it were shot on different types of film.
I am a huge film photography aficionado – I shot film professionally for many years and even when I switched to digital for all of my commercial work I still shoot a ton of film for personal projects. When VSCO came out with Adobe Lightroom presets about two years ago, I was completely blown away. They did an amazing job of replicating all the wonderful tonal properties of different films and crossing the bridge between digital and analog images.
When TotallyRad! asked me to review their new presets, I was very hesitant – while I generally embrace change, I’ve been in love with VSCO film presets for so long, I did not want to try another product. A few weeks ago I finally got enough free time to sit down and play with Replichrome presets for a few hours. Let me tell you, they are pretty damn great.
While VSCO offers separate sets of Lightroom presets specifically calibrated for Nikon and Canon cameras, Replichrome presets are split based on commercial film scanners – Noritsu and Frontier.
I edited a single image using most presets by both VSCO and Replichrome. All Replichrome edits were done using Noritsu presets (since I prefer tonal qualities of that particular scanner). Each pair of images has a Replichrome edit at the top and a VSCO edit on the bottom. Even though both companies offer presets for simulating under- and over-exposure, I edited this image using standard exposure setting. The image was straight out of the camera and edited ONLY using the presets.
A Few Outtakes from Josh’s Bar Mitzvah | Bill Chisnell Productions
Huge thanks to Rhaina Taylor for second-shooting for me on such a short notice and for doing such an amazing job! This was my first time shooting at Bill Chisnel Productions – what an awesome location and Bill is the nicest guy in the world!