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The Photo Stealing Debate

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So so many photographers, artists, get their images stolen by other artists, company's and corporations. It is seriously becoming an epidemic. Just yesterday I saw a post from Canadian Artist Lillian Lui who had her images copied by an artist without her permission, and used for a gallery showing, which was them covered by Harper's Bizarre. You can see from this image that her post was shared over 433 times. The power of social media is very instant these days. So why would anyone do it?

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So, if we put our work on the internet, we have to expect our work to be taken, our credit stripped and just deal with it right?  Maybe, sometimes. But not always.

Here is the image Creative Live used on their website to advertise for class that had nothing to do with me.

Here is the image Creative Live used on their website to advertise for class that had nothing to do with me.

Once, I had an image of mine used without my permission by Creative Live, which resulted in an uproar by our peers, and photo stealers even got involved.  They had no idea it wasn't an image by Sue Bryce since it was found in her inspiration folder, and for compensation they offered me a free course.  Great hu? Not wanting to burn bridges or cause any concern I let it go.

That was not a big deal to me, but what if someone else is profiting off of your work?

Here is an interesting story by Tony and Chelsea Northrup - they had a company place their image right on the packaging for their product without ANY contact. It was actually an image of Chelsea's face, so there was no disputing it. The result? The company had to pay $60,000 for the usage.

If you have a story about your images being stolen and used for someone else's profits, we would love to hear it.  Contact us or comment here with a link!

More Continuous Light

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How to make continuous light look like window light?

Shot using the Westcott Solix - I placed the continuous light without a diffuser directly to camera left!  Can't get much easier than this.

Edited with the Retouch Set + The Natural Light Set "Asha Sensual"



Learning to use your smart phone to take better pics of your family

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This is a series we will be discussing over the upcoming months, for new or hobby photographers that just want to learn how to take better pictures of your kids, pets and family.

I find myself using my iPhone more and more too.  The convenience can’t be beat, that’s for sure.  Sometimes when I go on vacation, I only bring my iPhone because it really can take great pictures. Unless you are planning on going pro, it will suffice - but if you want lots more possibilities, then look at a DSLR or mirrorless for sure.

However, like the people that buy the DSLR's, what stays the same is that parents aren’t getting the most out of their mobile phone cameras (just like they didn’t get the most out of their fancy cameras).

This upcoming technique is especially good with pets who are always on the move.

This upcoming technique is especially good with pets who are always on the move.


Today's Tip

Let’s start off by helping you with a common frustration (especially when you come from a real camera, which is significantly faster): “missing the moment because the camera was too slow.”  There’s all kinds of moments that we miss by just a second or two:

  • The perfect expression or moment - like a kiss or a surprise…
  • A missed cherished moment when your child performed or excelled at a long awaited moment
  • The landmark anniversary or birthday moment
  1. Long press (tap and hold) where you want to set your focus.  A yellow “AE/AF Lock” rectangular icon will appear at the top of your screen.  You’re now locked on to your subject.
  2. Next to your yellow focus square, slide your finger up to increase the brightness or down to decrease the brightness.
  3. Take the pic. Or a few.  Or 100.  It won’t go back to normal or reset until you tap somewhere else on the screen.

Remember: if you have your focus and exposure pre-set and locked, your camera will have virtually no dreaded shutter lag. And as a result, all it takes is a little bit of preparedness and forethought and you’ll experience far fewer misses!

Westcott Solix - Continuous Lighting

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Wow! that is all I can say. I have used the Spiderlights (huge and clumsy) the IceLight (nice and portable) but I am in LOVE with the Solix. 

I recently did a demo shoot to show you all how they work. I shot with my Sony A7RIII and my Zeiss 35mm and 85 GMaster - both wide open at f1.4 shutter 160 iso 200. Back ground light was only half power and key light was at 65%.

Take a peek at the images we made, as well as this BTS video. 
**Items used to process these images:  Retouch set on color and Retouch + Black and White Set "Dhalia" on other two.

Top 10 Things Never to Say to a Photographer

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"You can just photoshop that out, right?"

Some photographers will have the skillset to do just that.  Some will not, make sure that you prepare your clients for what is included in your packages, especially editing. If a client wants an unusual amount of editing done, make sure you have additional retouching packages that will make it clear that your time and talent are valuable.

"You are too expensive, its just a picture."

There are a lot of people that do not value photography, and all the time, and money we invest in our art.  Point blank. This is an instant gratification world now, pull out your iPhone and take a pic. Why would that cost so much? Its up to us to educate our clients the reasons why our work is worth it, better and more valuable than what they can do with their iPhone. Don't get me wrong, I've seen some incredible images taken with phones these days, but in all seriousness, it simply cannot be compared to technical lighting, posing, equipment and retouching.

"I don't need prints, just the digitals."

Wow.  Where to begin.  First, if you are like me, I am a Print Photographer/Artist. This means that I create for the WALL. I don't create for a phone or computer screen. Not to get all statistically on you, but 75% of images taken these days, in the most photographed generation in the history of the world, will be lost. We have to educate our clients the value of printing. Show them what a print looks like on the wall, show your work all over your studio, everywhere. There is nothing more satisfying for me, than printing my own work and framing it. I provide these images to my clients with so much satisfaction knowing these images will grace their walls for years to come. The only risk to losing the images is if they have a fire or other natural disaster and if that happens in my life time they can always come back and repurchase.


"I Only Want an 8x10"

First - an 8x10 is not a Wall Portrait.  The amount of time and effort and talent we invest in ourselves to meticulously edit and create our art, is not so that we need a magnifying glass to see the work and detail we put into our images. An 8x10 is not a goal print, it is an add on after they buy their wall portrait. Best advice to get over the 8x10 crowd? Only offer them for sale with the purchase of a Wall Portrait no smaller than, say a 16x20. And then guess what? That 8x10 is more than a $4 piece of photographic paper! It is all the hours of learning, slaving over a computer screen, time taken away from your family, to learn your craft. Its the thousands of dollars in equipment that enables you to create what you do. It is more than a $4 item. Charge accordingly.

"Can I take some pictures of Suzie with my phone while you are shooting?"

No. No. No. Have a caveat on your email signature, have a big button on your website, insert it into your contract or in the info sheet you send your clients. NO CELL PHONE PICTURES ever under any circumstances. Ever. Clear?

"Does that include hair and make up?"

So you are doing a special. Boudoir or portraits. You inevitably get this question. If your special is $149, common sense would tell you there is no way it includes hair and make up. Some teach not to charge any fee and use the money to pay your make up person. I truly think everyone should get paid. But the agreement for hair and makeup is a service that you are not responsible for. I would suggest that they arrange that outside of your space, time and responsibility. Suggest who you recommend, but I wouldn't include it as part of your service. You should get paid, and so should they. So no, it doesn't ever include a different service than the one you offer.

"This is my Good Side."

Sure. That's what they all say. Unless they have a scar or wound on one side of their face, this is simply not true. I get this all the time. It is a struggle when I know full well that its not that there is a better side, its just their own perception of themselves. What I tend to do is tell them ok, that's great, but I'm going to also take images from the other side and show you at your viewing session both, and I will prove to you that there is not bad side to you.

"I don't want a blurry background."

So on your website your whole brand and way of shooting is natural light or outdoors using your prime lens you spent $xxxx's of dollars on. You shoot wide open and your whole portfolio of outdoor images clearly demonstrates this. A client shows up for their portrait session and claims they don't want a blurry background. How do you handle this? Grab your phone, go to your gallery, and ask them to show you which image is their favourite. Chances are they don't really understand what they are talking about. Go to google, pick an image where there is no DOF and ask them if that is what they want. Chances are, it is not. 

"Little Billy is in a bad mood today, can I bring him in tomorrow instead?"

Session fee's are for your time and talent. This is why I don't believe in the "no session fee" idea. If you don't value your time enough to charge for it, your clients won't value it either. If your client paid a session fee and wants to change it the day of? You are now out a session that could have been filled by someone else. Contracts are great ideas for this exact reason. Last minute cancellations will result in forfeiture of session fee. Period. No contract? Do up a client agreement or FAQ's in digital form, that you can send via email so that they have to initial or sign beside these points. Try DocuSign or Adobe are a couple that offer this feature. You will get far less if any cancellations due to Billy's mood!

"Can we think about it?"

In person sales is the only way I conduct sales sessions. If my clients view their images and do not buy at the sales session, but instead want to think about it, I know I've lost the sale. The moment of emotional purchase will be lost. Make it a rule that if they don't purchase during the viewing session, the images will be destroyed that night. They will not want the images to be thrown away, you will appeal to their loss by letting them know this. Let them know you simply cannot keep images that are not purchased due to the size of the files and the number of clients. Its not possible, but if they buy X package today, you will hold on to the images for another 30 days for them to decide.

Getting ahead of Instagram and Facebook

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Ugh, so we all know how annoying it is to finally start growing a following and then "BAM" the algorithms get changed and suddenly NO ONE except 5 people are seeing your posts.

There is really very little you can do, and sorry, but there is no other way other than paying for your posts to be seen.  You can see all kinds of people promising they have the "secret" to not paying for exposure on Facebook and Instagram.  And…… they are the ones typically trying to get you over to their BLOG on their website or they are asking for money.

So how do you win?  There are a few tips you can try:

Instagram Tips:

  • More engagement:  When you post images on Instagram, try asking a question on each post, this usually will result in people commenting or answering the question as it pertains to them.  WIN! This means more engagement, therefore more people will see your post.  Also, don't forget to remind people they can see all your posts first by turning this on:

Look at your engagement!  Take a peek at who is following your work and reciprocate.  If you are active on other people's pages, commenting and being engaging, this can cause other people to begin to discover your account.

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  • Stay consistent!  If you want people to fall in love with your art or photography, then show them!  Do not mix in images of your pets, babies, kids, food or any other vacation stuff.  If you absolutely must show what you ate for supper tonight, then set up a separate personal Instagram account, and share away.  I never put anything personal on my art account, saving my kitty pictures for my personal account.  I mean, if people REALLY want to see your cat chasing snow flakes through the window (and yes, yes they really do) then set up that personal account. Interested in my very kitty related personal insta?  Click here to see my feline nuttiness.

Facebook Tips:

Facebook is the platform that most older demographic is on.  It is a community of groups in a million different industries.  Our industry alone has over 1 million photography related groups alone.  You can find a sense of community by sharing from your business or personal page, images in these groups.  But beware!  The groups are filled with all kinds of keyboard social media warriors, mean, rude, critical and down right cruel people.  Grow a thick skin and be prepared for it.  There is no other way around the largest groups, like Photoshop and Lightroom or other groups with 10's of thousands of people.

Business Tips for Facebook:

  • The best feature about Facebook is your ability to target and zero in on your ideal customer.  Seriously if you are not using Facebook ads, you are doing yourself an injustice. If you are in the States, you have even more of an edge and here's why.  You can target a demographic based on their income!  If you wanted to target people that actually can afford your work, this is a fabulous tool!  We here in Canada cannot, for whatever reason, but if we did I'd be all over that.
  • Target people by interests, wow this is huge!  If you are trying to sell child or baby portraits, you can target in on young mothers through trending fads.  "Gentle Parenting" (its a thing) or "Breast Feeding" are a couple that come to mind.  Explore it!  
  • Share from your business page to your personal page.  Used to be, if you posted business related items on your personal page, Facebook would literally shut you down.  Gone.  Bye bye.  And there went all your followers.  Not so much any more, now it seems to be overlooked, probably because Facebook doesn't really show anyone your posts anyway, so really why the hell do they care?!
  • My advice?  Blog.  From your website.  Share your blog posts in these groups on Facebook, not from your page.  Share your blog posts on your personal and business pages, not very many of your followers will see, but we all have to start taking control of our own social following now.  Take it back folks instead of giving it all away to Zuckerberg.

Patreon! YES!

I stumbled on Patreon and fell in love.  I am an artist, and an educator.  I didn't get involved in photography to become an educator but you do get pulled in once you develop a style and people begin to love your work.  So, because time is money, and so many people may love your work and ask you a gazillion questions either in groups or via messenger, why not set up a Social media platform that allows you to have FULL control over who see's your content and who does not?  Patreon allows you to develop your community, people can join for free, or if they want your time, they can donate money to a particular tier of patronage, and they will get the rewards of that donation via that tier.  Curious?  Take a Peek at mine here:

New Photographers - When am I ready to charge?

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This is an important question - and there is no one easy answer.

You love photography, you have your first DSLR camera, maybe some lights, reflectors, backdrops.  You have invested in learning - through a multitude of educational sources.

But when are you ready to "charge" for your work?

First, loving photography, and making a business out of it are two completely different things.  Just because you love to create, does not always mean you should be in business for it as a portrait or wedding photographer.  A lot of people simply want a creative outlet - a way to express all the creativity that is living within them.  THAT is awesome and to be applauded.

If you are unhappy in your career, or you are a stay at home mom looking to make some money on the side, you might be looking at this as a way of earning some money, supplementing your income or financing your life.

Things to consider.

1.  There are a GaZillion "photographers" that have a good camera.  This does not make an artist or a good photographer, contrary to some beliefs.

2.  Like college or university, you do not have the knowledge about this career, industry, until you fully educate yourself.  Like doctors or nurses, you need actual "hands on" practise for an extended length of time, before you are remotely ready to charge anyone for your talent and skill set.

3.  Investment - ah yes.  As with any career, you have to make a huge investment in this to succeed.  I am not talking just equipment, no.  That in and of itself is pricey, but I do think you can get away with an okay body, as long as you invest wisely in your lenses.  I'm talking education.  You need to invest in your education, and by invest I mean time.  Hours and hours and hours of time spent shooting, learning about light, natural or artificial.  Creative portrait work is not just in the edit, you MUST know your equipment through and through.  If you don't know the capabilities of your gear, you cannot produce the most amazing images.  Post processing and editing is just another component that, if you choose to go that route, takes on its own time requirements.

4.  Proof is in the pudding.  Do you have a website?  Do you have a gallery or body of work that is consistent and easily reproduced upon request?  Do you get nervous before, during or after your photo session?  Are you confident in your ability to produce a product that not only you are proud of, but your subjects are madly in love with?

5.  Research.  Once you feel you have all the tools to start charging, make sure you are well aware of "what" you are selling.  Make sure you find out what professional labs you want to work with, their pricing and delivery structures, and how to charge for your time and talent on top of them.  There are a gajillion resources for professional lab products, and much debate over being a "shoot and burn" photographer versus a print photographer.  Are you a member of your professional association?  If you aren't you should be.  The The Professional Photographers of America (regardless of what country you live in) are the most welcoming and helpful association I know.  Not only do they have forums and tutorials to further your education, but they also have print competitions that will help with learning to be a better photographer.

So here is the bottom line.  If you are serious about making photography your life's work, and career, you need to research.  You need to find out from local photographers that are successful - what their journey has been like.  Talk to people, learn from others.  Like anything worth doing, or having, this is NOT easy.  It is especially not easy with the industry being so saturated.  So do your research first, and find out from a monetary standpoint if you need to keep your day job and use photography as an enjoyable creative outlet.  Remember, there is nothing wrong with that either, and I think if you asked a lot of "professionals" they would say that they wished they could have kept this as an enjoyable hobby instead.

Finding Inspiration - Merging it with Your Vision

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"Where or where, far out there Inspiration?
Where is it, where can I find it?"

So, the way I know I'm losing my creative "edge" is normally when I cannot find inspiration, or a flood of creativity any more.  The thought of picking up my camera feels more like a "job" than a passion.

Normally when this happens, its time for me to take a trip, whether its just a drive away for the weekend, put the phone down, shut down social media and snuggle up with my sweetie, or jumping on a plane and going to a big city and walking for  hours.

I knew I was reaching this point a couple weeks ago, nothing I did was anything I "loved" and I felt like I was falling flat on the creative side of things.  My recent trip to Los Angeles was just what I needed.  Walking around, seeing all kinds of clothing, being able to purchase very inexpensive wardrobe for my studio, and seeing the visions of beauty I would create with them, brought back my excitement.

We all evolve and grow, we change direction, and try new things during this photography journey. This next year I am doing a ton a speaking, teaching and traveling.  This is a new direction for me, since I normally focus on portrait sessions and creative work within my little area of Canada.  I am excited to meet a bunch of fellow photographers, share what I do, how I do it and see the fruit of that sharing come out of other photographers work.

At the same time, I feel my own creative juices evolving, changing.  I have never been interested in fashion photography, the photography of clothing, jewelry, shoes, etc, has never been anything of interest to me.  I've always been much more enraptured by the person, and the clothing was a supporting part of the image.  But now, I feel like I want to step up the high end portrait game by using much more interesting wardrobe, so since I can't afford to buy the amazing designs I'm most drawn to, I will start sewing more.  Ah, I have so many stories to tell via imagery, I'm excited for this next chapter.

Word of advice?  Don't get distracted by other photographers work.  I know, I know, its hard. But if you are constantly seeing someone else's work, and are trying to recreate it, you will suffocate the "you" in your work.  Nothing wrong with seeing imagery that resonates with you and loving it, but in order to be true to YOUR work and YOUR style, you need to find a way to implement tiny pieces of that into your work, and stop trying to make that image, as yours.

I feel like my style and body of work is a compilation of all the online courses, all images I adore, all my favorite photographers, kind of merged into ME.  Most people can see an image and know it is mine long before they see my watermark or my name.

So take trip, shut down for a couple days if you feel uninspired.  Remember the most important part of our lives are our families and our friends.  Spending more time with them and laughing and loving them, a lot of times will be all we need to get refreshed and re-stimulated!  


One on One Workshops with Nikki Harrison

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This week marked the first one on one workshop of the year here in the Okanagan Valley.

Cheryl came in from Florida, a good 10 hour travel time via air to get here, that is dedication to her craft and determination to learn.  

I hired local make up artist Saara Labib and hair stylist Katie Hantula, and between the two of them, the looks were nothing short of amazing!

Local models came from our International Agency, DejaVu Models run by Mother Agent  Sabrina Notte, her dedication and the training she provides her models, is so clearly demonstrated in the talent and professionalism they have when on a job.

Wardrobe provided by local vintage consignment store Georgie Girl, and these items are available for sale on their online store as well!

Cheryl wanted to learn more about styling, shooting in natural and continuous lighting set ups, and then how to edit for it.

My student Cheryl, hanging out while we get ready for out next model-look.  Of course Charming has to be with us!

My student Cheryl, hanging out while we get ready for out next model-look.  Of course Charming has to be with us!

Here's what Cheryl had to say about her experience:

"I attended Nikki Harrison's one on one workshop April 2016.  I travelled from Florida to Canada for the workshop and was so happy I did.  The workshop was everythingI could have asked for.  Nikki was attentive and invested a lot of time in making sure I received help in any area that was important to me.  She listened which is a factor that has been lacking in most of the workshops I have attended.  The models were professional and hair and make up was impeccable.  I was able to watch and participate in a photo shoot of first class caliber.  When it came to the editng portion of the workshop Nikki went out of her way to make sure I understood what she was doing and would repeat if necessary.  She spent time with me beyond the expected.  I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone.  I plan to go back myself.  Thank you Nikki for making me feel at home, you are truly a kind soul and I am blessed to have met and spent time with you.  A true talent!!!"

Photo Submission Contest

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Is there a juicy lens you have been dreaming of? There is an ongoing quarterly contest by Chasing Light - one talented lucky photographer will win a cash prize that will go towards any new lens you may be dreaming of!

What do you have to do?

To enter, submit your best water marked images to us via email chasinglightactions {a} gmail dot com and all photo's deemed amazing will be placed in a public image folder on our Chasing Light Facebook page.

Every month we will award the top three photograph's on our blog and social media!  Every quarter someone will win the BIG prize!

We want your best of the best!  You have to use Chasing Light Actions or our other tools to process your image.  You have to indicate what tools you used and the recipe, that's it!

Good luck everyone and please share this blog to spread the word!

What image makes a better black and white version?

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Often I see people post on social media that they "can't decide" which version they prefer.  Color or black and white.  I don't do a lot of black and white imagery, because I am really drawn to color, it makes me feel something.

Occasionally, there are images that even when they are shot well, the pose is good, it pulls some emotion out, there is something lacking.  These images could  be converted to black and white for more impact.  Or, should they?  

Believe it or not, there are images that simply look better in black and white.  It really has nothing to do with anything other than light, and a bit of color.

The best images you can consider converting to black and white are ones where the image is quite dark, with the majority of the light on the subject's skin.  

Here is an example:

The color image is ok.  It's not "wow".  I found the colors rather boring, but I knew the light was nice because it was focus'd right on the subject.  Once it was converted (using Black Dhalia from the Black and White Set), to me, it is now a much more impactful image.  The eye is drawn straight to the subject and the back ground becomes rather unnoticeable.

Cost of Education for Photography

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Wow, the cost of photography is expensive enough right?  Now throw in the many many workshops you can take and it adds up exponentially.  But is there really a dollar value on education?  Yes there is.  However, finding the RIGHT venue to get your education is the question. Where do you go?  So lets compare the costs out there and the associated value.

#1.  Creative Live - the courses at CL are FREE provided you can watch them while they are airing them live or during the rebroadcast portion.  You do not have access to the PDF documents or other course additions that are only provided with purchase of the course.  Cost per course?  Between $99 - $149 per - genre's covered?  All over the place from photography to scrapbooking.

#2.  Kelby Training - the courses at KT are out of this world!  They are taught by the industry BEST, not up and comers.  Season's pro's that have been tried tested and true.   The courses are at your finger tips, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and you can opt for several different ways to pay.  You can pay via a monthly or annual membership ($249/yr slightly more than only ONE course at Creative Live) and access to literally hundreds of amazing workshops.  Don't want a membership?  You can now RENT a workshop for 3 days, watch it as many times as you want without the commitment.  Cost?  $6.99.  WOW!!!  Genre's covered?  Everything from beginners editing and software training to advanced, + all things photography.  Scott Kelby has not missed anything.

#3.  Phlearn - very cool styles of photography are done at phlearn.  Lots of free stuff and lots of paid stuff for the exceptionally creative courses.  Averaging $24.99+ for a course is really economical compared to others.  This price includes all download files and every step taken to create the image.  Check them out here:

#4.  Youtube - many really talented photographers have claimed that everything they know they learned from youtube.  Believe it or not, youtube is the second most used search engines in the WORLD now next to google.  You can learn a million things for free on youtube.  If you have no budget, this is the place to go!

Bottom line?  Our research shows Kelby Training is the best value for paid online photography courses.  Go check them out!!

Cloud Overlay Set

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So it is time to create a new cloud overlay set, but I still find using the same first set I created, easy to do.  Using so many options in Photoshop, you can create completely different looking skies, by changing the colors and different adjustment layers.  If you are still using Elements, you really need to step up your game and invest in your photography by getting Photoshop.  I use Photoshop CC because I need to use all of the entire suite of products that is available from Adobe.  Here is a before and after of an image that uses the cloud overlay.

How to minimize "banding" in Images

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So many times when you use a blur tool from Photoshop to your image and then throw on a gradient or two, you will get "banding" in your image.  There is a way to minimize this, it doesn't always get rid of it completely though. First you have to create your pattern or noise pattern that you want to create.  Lets start with a new document.

Make it about 80x80 pixels in size, in 8-bit RGB colour. Next go to Edit, choose Fill. Then, choose Filter -> noise -> add noise. --->  settings are:   Amount - 5%, Distribution - Uniform You should see a little grey box now. Choose Edit - Define Pattern - Name it Noise, press OK.

After you have finished with your blur tool and gradient tool, add a new fill layer from your layer menu.  Choose pattern. Set your blend mode to "Linear Light" and the Opacity to between 20-25%. Make sure the pattern you are choosing in the next step is the one you just created.  Select OK.

Now paint the noise OFF your subject(s).  Remember the noise is so small you won't think you have to, but if you zoom in, you will see how important it is to do this.

Use this tool if you want to create creamy smooth backgrounds without banding.  It isn't prefect all the time, but will help a lot of the time!

CL- Tips and Tricks

CL- Tips and Tricks

Using the "Love Set" with Boudoir

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I love natural light.  I love studio light.  Okay.  I love light.  Painting with light specifically.  When I shoot outside there is no real direction of the light, I shoot when the light is flat (cloudy) or just after sunset so that again, there is no real contrast.  This way I can direct the light any way I want.  However, when I shoot in studio, I can control every aspect of the lighting direction and achieve exactly what I see in my minds eye as well.  I don't shoot a lot of Boudoir.  Not that I don't want to, I just haven't.  I would like to, very much.  I think the female body is a work of art, an incredible schwoopy canvas on which to play.  (I love the word schwoopy, many young ladies ask me what that means when I tell them how to pose).  This is an example of schwoopy.  I love her posing ability and the fact that she is aware of herself.  The perfect model is one that is aware of themselves, and ooze the confidence to pull off the pose.  This image was processed with "Butterflies" from the Romance Set.  As you can see, there was a great deal of retouching to achieve the final effect.  The final "butterflies" action really did complete this image.