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May 16, 2011

in film.

I’ve been neglectful of everything else, which happens whenever something comes into my life that spurs creativity.

Recently I got two new film cameras.  A medium format Pentax 6×7 and a large format (4×5) Speed Graphic.

A lot is said about film vs. digital.  I like both.
I do feel like they are sometimes two different mediums.
Most of the time I feel like film is much easier ~ there’s very little post-processing to be done.

And now that I can develop my black and white film at home, it’s almost as fast as digital
(meaning I don’t have to wait days to see the results).

So, anyways, I will get back to answering questions and finalizing an action/preset set very soon, I promise!

I need pictures….

April 8, 2011

I’m trying to develop some new actions/presets.

What I want to create is a set of somewhat basic actions/presets people can use mainly on portraits.

It’s hard because I shoot a certain way and tend to do the same things over and over.

So help me!  Send me SOOC images, preferably RAW, that you would want to use an action/preset on, and if you can, link to a picture of mine (or really anyone’s) that you would like it to sort of look like, or give me an idea of what your ideal outcome for the picture would be.

Please send the images to flimmerings at gmail dot com (I don’t put the actual address because I don’t want a ton of spam).

Thank you!!

(As an incentive, those that send an image will get at least one free action in return).

Fine Art Exhibition

April 6, 2011

I’m very excited to announce my exhibition with Soulcatcher Studio!

It’s been in the works for a while now, but was interrupted when we thought we were moving to Australia.  One positive outcome of not moving was being able to get this going again.

Watching TV & Freckles

April 5, 2011

Another picture that many people asked about was this one:

This is the image SOOC:

This as after ACR:

These are the settings in ACR (Grayscale conversion was auto):

In Photoshop I added a black to white Gradient Map Adjustment Layer set to softlight and took the opacity down to 65%.

And that’s it!

Another black and white someone wondered about was this:

This is SOOC:

This is after ACR:

These were the settings (I think the conversion was auto):


In Photoshop I used Leah’s “Standard Fudge” action from the Lilyblue “Chocolate” action set and cropped.

And that’s it!

Cate and Meg on the blue steps

April 1, 2011

I’ve had a bunch of people ask about the processing of this picture:

For some reason I can’t find the original RAW file (I must have moved it somewhere “safe”) so I picked one that was similar and tried to recreate the steps.

This is SOOC (with a crop in ACR):

This is after I’m done in ACR:

(In ACR I changed the Temperature from 5100 to 5150 and the Tint from -6 to -13 and I took the exposure slider down to -.50)


Once in Photoshop I:

1) I ran my “Light Brown Sugar” action and turned of the “vibrance” & ” tones” layers.

a) What that leaves is a “punch” layer, which involves:

~ going to the Channel palette, clicking on the green channel, going up to Select and choosing All, and then going to Edit, Copy
~ going back to the Layer palette, making a new layer, and pasting a copy of the green channel
~ set that layer to luminosity
~ run an “unsharp mask” filter on it, high on the radius and low on the amount
~ take the opacity of the layer down, in this case it’s at 50% (on this picture I took it down to 25%)

b) and a “drama” layer, which is:

~ a hue/saturation adjustment layer, with the colorize box checked
~ set to soft light
~ opacity taken down, in this case it’s at 30%

c) and a “darken” layer, which is a levels adjustment layer with nothing done to it, set to multiply, with the opacity taken down to 20%

The punch layer desaturates and adds contrast.  The drama layer adds more contrast.  The darken layer, well, darkens it all a bit :)

2) Flattened the image

3) Added a levels adjustment layer with nothing done to it, set it to softlight and took the opacity down to 10% (to add more contrast)

4) Added a gradient map adjustment layer, set black to white, and took the opacity down to 6% (to desaturate just a bit)

5) Added a curves adjustment level with the red channel bumped up a bit (clicked in the middle and took the output to 132 and the input to 126) and the blue channel with a very slight reverse S curve (pinned down the bottom and the middle and then pulled down the top half to output 171 input 177) and then took the opacity of that layer down to 35%

6) Made a duplicate copy of the background, ran a highpass filter set at 2.0, and set the layer to vivid light, to sharpen

7) Cropped a bit more

and this is the final product:


ask me a question…

March 30, 2011

Do you have a question you’d like to ask me about photography or Photoshop? Want to link to a picture on Flickr and ask how I edited it? Email me at flimmerings at gmail dot com and I’ll try to answer it!

blurring the lines…

March 11, 2011

Sometimes my pictures look boring to me, so I like to add just a little something to make it more interesting.  One of the ways I do that is with the radial blur filter.

This is the original picture

1) Create a duplicate copy of the picture

2) Go to Filter, Blur, Radial Blur
Put the amount on 1 and choose “spin” as the method
Move the blur center over the area you want in focus (this takes a bit of guess work)
Choose “okay”

3) Go to Edit, Fade Radial Blur

and take the opacity down a bit (here I chose 77%)

This is the final result.  You can add a layer mask and erase bits of the blur if you want, or take the opacity of the layer down if it’s still too strong.