Before and After Picture and How We Made Google Splash

This image was made by $200 P&S Nikon S8100 camera:-)

(Noise was added in Photoshop)

The Making of Google: Happy birthday, Google Plus!

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Our little cartoonish family at a strawberry field. Dodge and Burn Technique.

I like this cartoonish look, which I see on movie posters and advertisements, and I try to reproduce this look in my pictures.
I used a different workflow for each image for experimenting, however the main technique for such a look is a Dodge and Burn. I will describe it below.

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How to make movie look photos in 1 minute: Our weekend camping







Our Last weekend was awesome! There were lake, forest, live music, camp fire, and great company. Thank you Sasha and Rasa for inviting us.

Below are some photos of my family. Post production have took only a couple minutes to drag sliders in Adobe camera RAW converter. This is a such creative and easy process:-)

At the bottom of the photos you can find screen shots from RAW converter which show how to achieve this film look effect (split toning and vignetting) with Adobe Camera Raw, part of Photoshop CS5.

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Photoshop film look effect

Photoshop film look effect

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Glamour portrait retouching. Before and after. Useful links.


I love retouching! I can spend hours and days working on a single photo.  Retouching for me is relaxation, inspiration, meditation, excitement, satisfaction and more:-) I can only wish I could have done it earlier in my life.
I still have to learn a lot and learn fast and deep. If you love Photoshop like I do, join me on this blog and I will share everything I learn here.

A couple days ago, I decided to practice in Hi-End portrait retouching. Our studio does not shoot people these days , so I found our friend’s Anna portrait from the last Halloween celebration:-)
Below, at the end of this post, you will find the links with tutorials and tips I used for this retouching session.

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Glamour portrait high end retouching in Photoshop

Glamour portrait high end retouching in Photoshop

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Key West photos. Before and after Photoshop.





It was such a pleasure to jump in the middle of the summer, especially when outside is a cold, freezing and going to snow. I love summer, I love  sun and palms:-) I really hope we move to live in a such “always summer” place. I am talking about our week vacation on Key West, Florida. It was a true joy to spend a week there, with our friends.

And now, in a cold Atlanta I enjoy to work with these warm pictures we brought from Key West :-).

As always, I experiment with the post production:  now trying to do a most work in RAW converter and then a little touch-up in Photoshop. Working with RAW in converter gives me the most from the image (speaking of the quality), as I want to make sure I can use my experience in a commercial work as well. Below the set, use your mouse to see before and after.

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Post production in photoshop

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Fashion photo-session for Alla Koval Design and preparing for Christmas.

Another collaboration wish talented fashion designer Alla Koval.   Now it’s  Christmas outfit designed for mom and daughters matches pieces.

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Great vacation and awesome pictures.

We are back from our small vacation. There was fabulous 3 days of relax in Georgia mountains. We lived in a beautiful house in Hiawassee, Lake Chatuge, Northeast Mountains, Georgia, USA (100 Miles North of Atlanta, GA). Thank you, Doug and Beckie :-) I don’t remember when I had a such relaxed rest last time:-)

Alex made some pictures of us and “Eye Candy” breathtaking mountain and lake views from the deck. All technical details you can read on Alex’s blog.

Enjoy the photos:

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Plans, updates and artificial ice.

BUSY, BUSY BUSY time!

Lots of work, plans, ideas and holidays:-) Just finished couple very interesting exclusive projects but unfortunately we can’t  release it now because of disclose agreement.

Also we are preparing  new lessons and master classes. We have bought some new props for it:-) I think you know that many photographers use artificial food, drinks, ice, snow for the hi-end food and product photography, but there not so many places where you can find it. One of the most professional props, I think, sells by Trengove Studios in New York.  Be ready to pay $40 for one ice cube :-)

In addition we are planing to show more  how we do a post production and retouching on our video tutorials, in addition to behind the shoot videos.  Stay tuned!

And in the end here are couple family photos from this Halloween, we had a party with our friends in our studio:-)

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Kids fashion photo-shoot. Whimsical Forest.

Just finished a next FUN photo-session with our little models:-) It was awesome collaboration with brilliant fashion designers Alla Koval and Francoise Lama-Solet

How it was in  reality see our behind-the-scene video below. As always, all technical aspects and full length video from this photo-session you can find on Alex Koloskov blog

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Senior portraits post-production and retouching. Before and After.




Big kids of our friends asked us to shoot their Senior Pictures for Walton High School Yearbook. During the shoot Alex had a chance to test his DIY Vagabond II and I experiment with several post-production and retouching techniques.
For some of the images I used this tutorial: The Double RAW Conversion Tutorial from Calvin Hollywood. I really like the double RAW conversion method and use it often.

Here is the result:

Studio portraits

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Studio portrait photography, Atlanta, GA

Studio portrait photography, Atlanta, GA

Studio portrait photographer, Atlanta, GA

Studio portrait photographer, Atlanta, GA

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