Photo editing software and family scrapbooking

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Before the kids go back to school, give them one last job to help you out this summer.

Get them to create a few pages for your family scrapbook, and record what you did this summer.

Whether you’ve been to a wonderful wedding, or have some great vacation memories, you can scrapbook it all and keep your memories in print for generations to come. Portrait editing software can enhance your vacation photos so that everyone gets an image of themselves that they would like to keep.

Use your photo editing software to touch up your photos. You can give them the extra enhancement they need. When you’re all having a great time, there’s a rush to see everything and do everything, and to still capture the moment on camera.

You can also use your photos to make craft items too. Why not get the kids to make customized bunting to hang in their bedroom?

You can also cover notebooks and give an old binder a new lease of life by covering it with photos.

Check out more ideas for using your favorite photos from this summer on our Photo Crafts board. 

Try out portrait editing software today and get creative effects here.

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PortraitPro Tips: Working with Presets

PortraitPro 12’s slider interface allows for in-depth creative control over the editing process; perfect for those who like to spend time developing a personal retouching style.

For those who prefer a more hands-off approach, the presets menu gives you a wide range of editing options that can be applied with a single click.

Some presets, such as the ‘Standard’, ‘Glamorous’ and ‘Natural’ presets, affect the whole image. Others, such as ‘Add – Eyes – Brighten’, affect only certain sliders and can be layered on top of existing presets.

There are even presets tailored toward different age groups, to ensure that the edit is most flattering to the subject.

If that wasn’t enough, you can also create your own presets and add them to the library or even set them as the default for every image. Learn more.

You can create as many  presets of your own as you like, so that when you edit a wedding for one client, you can create presets for that event, and then create a new one for the next client if you wish.

With so many presets available, there might be some you haven’t discovered yet! Why not try them out today?

 

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10 ways to improve your photography skills

As “Back to School” looms for the kids, it’s a good time to think of a new learning project for yourself too.

  • Take a college class, and learn from someone with a solid experience in photography.
  • Join a photographic society, camera club or a meetup group.
  • Ask trusted friends and family for critique.
  • Practice every day. No matter what the subject, or the weather, just keep taking pictures.
  • Learn to problem solve. You may not have the perfect equipment, but you’ll have something that will do a reasonable job.
  • Get to know your camera inside out. Knowing your way around your camera and other photography equipment can help you take a shot quicker when you need to be speedy.
  • Set yourself a photography challenge such as a 365 project. Working within a particular constraint can be interesting and challenging.
  • Get out and visit somewhere new. You’ll be inspired to take pictures of somewhere you haven’t seen before.
  • Get to know all of your photography equipment well, including your post processing equipment. There’s a wealth of tools in PortraitPro to help you make better pictures, and it’s very easy to get going very quickly.
  • Become an art student. Not just in the formal sense by taking a class, but start to consider yourself a student of art of all kinds. Photography is informed by other art forms, and is aesthetically pleasing when it conforms to the same rules as other art.

For instance, the artist Rembrandt is remembered for his style of painting light and shadow on faces, and this method is often employed by photographers. Chiaroscuro is another art term referring to the use of light and dark, and is often associated with the work of Caravaggio, who uses the light and dark in his paintings.

Man with rembrandt lightingFinding other art to photograph, such as sculpture, Haute Couture, or architecture, can help you learn about pleasing lines and composition, which can help you improve your own art.

Start experimenting with PortraitPro, download the free trial today.

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8 Tips for successful ‘tween portrait shoots

Taking family portraits is a rewarding experience for any portrait photographer, but tweens can be a difficult phase to capture.

It’s a golden chance to capture a young person’s personality, and it’s a record of their interests now.  Maybe their senior portrait will show a completely new interest, or maybe they’ll stay the same, but it’s a great way to remember how they were right now.

Here are some tips to make the process much easier:

  • If you can photograph them on their own, they’ll be much less self-conscious.
  • Talk to them and explain what you’re doing. Get them involved and they’ll be interested.
  • They’ll also be much happier if you capture them doing something that they love, dancing, playing a musical instrument, painting etc.
  • Ask them if they have any ideas of what they’d like to showcase.
  • Be interested in them.
  • Show them the images that you’re taking, and reassure them that they’re going to get photos that they will like as well as Mom and Dad.
  • Use your portrait editing software to clean up any transient blemishes.
  • Use Smart Photo Editor to offer them some additional, creative and unusual images

Take the pressure off the actual session:

Schedule a planning session with the whole family to talk about what will happen, and what everyone should wear. There’ll be much less tension between parents and kids before the session if the kids know what to expect, and they’ve already agreed on what they’d like to wear. Everyone’s much happier when they’re comfortable in what they’re wearing and kids and tweens have their own ways of expressing themselves too.

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Having several different ideas for locations, some indoors and some outdoors, can help; making sure that there’s some variety going on can stop the boredom setting in. It’s not just kids that get bored either!  No one likes getting stuck in the rain, so having a rain plan is essential.

PortraitPro is the best way to clear up any small blemishes, and it can give kids, tweens and teens the  confidence that any blemishes they don’t like can be cleared up, quickly and easily.

They might also like to tell you which effects they like best from the Smart Photo Editor Gallery.  Have some example images ready so they can see what they look like.

 

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Your Questions Answered

Did you know that we offer all PortraitPro users free, life-time support?

If you have a question visit our support ticket system to get in touch with our support team.

This week our Customer Support team share the answers to some of their most frequently asked questions:

Q: My computer crashed and I lost my software! Do I need to buy it again? 

A: There’s no need to buy the software again. When you made your purchase you received an activation token and you can use this to re-install your software. If you have lost this, contact the support team with your name and the email address you used when you purchased, and they will help you locate it.

Q: Can I use PortraitPro as a plug-in with Photoshop/Lightroom?

A: The PortraitPro Studio and PortraitPro Studio Max editions can be set up as plug-ins for Photoshop, Elements, Lightroom, and Aperture. You can learn more about the different editions of PortraitPro here.

Q: I want to retouch my portraits, but not change the face shape. Can I do that?

A: Of course! All the controls in PortraitPro can be turned on and off.  To turn off individual sliders, simply set them to 0. If you’d rather turn off a whole tool set, click the green circle next to that menu.

Q: How do I upgrade my software?

A: The easiest way to upgrade your software is through the license manager. There is a link to this at the top of the upgrade page. Enter the activation token of your current software and you will be taken to a page where you can purchase upgrades. Once you have received your upgrade token, apply this to your current license and download your new software.

Q: There is more than one person in my picture, will PortraitPro let me edit multiple people?

A: Yes. With PortraitPro 12 you can edit multiple people in a picture by clicking the ‘other faces’ button at the top of the screen.

Q: I love the software but the presets don’t suit my editing style. What can I do?

A: It’s easy to make your own presets for PortraitPro. Simply choose an image and make any edits that you want. Now, click ‘Save Preset’ and choose a name for your new preset. You can even set this as your default so that PortraitPro applies it automatically to every image.

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Taking your photo editing software on vacation

Whether you’re jetting off to somewhere exotic , or staying closer to home, it’s easy to do your photo editing on the go.

PortraitPro 12 has time saving features so you can set a customized preset, and leave the software to do the hard work.  Set your own preset to be the default. Everytime you open an image, the software will choose the settings that you’ve designed.

You can take your software anywhere, if you purchase from here, then you get an instant download, ready to go in minutes.

Try it out for free

 

Try out Smart Photo Editor too!

Happy 4th July!

 

Family on 4th July

Whether it’s grilling out in the park, on the beach, or catching the fireworks, there’s something for everyone to see and do on 4th July.

If you’re at home, check out your local fireworks displays and if you’ve got a trip planned, don’t forget to find out what happens there too. You might find something you’ve never seen before.

Benjamin  Frankin said: “ Time is Money”.

PortraitPro Studio Max batch processing can save you time on your portrait editing this weekend, leaving you more time to spend with your family.

Enjoy the sunshine and the savings! Download a free trial today.

 

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Motivation for photographers

We’ve talked about the importance of goal setting, and goal setting goes very well with motivation.

Goals tell you where you’re going, and working towards achieving them keeps you motivated.

But what is motivation and how is it important to a photographer and their business?

Motivation is the forces that cause a person to behave in a particular way or move in a particular direction.

Motivation is important to a professional photographer because if you’re in the situation of working for yourself, which many are, then you are your own motivator. If something doesn’t go so well, you have to have the inner drive to keep going despite any setbacks.

If you’re running your own business and employing more staff than just yourself, then you may find it useful in the workplace to consider a variety of motivational theories for instance, Herzberg’s two factor theory, which is an extension of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. These theories help us understand what helps people to stay motivated, or why they do what they do.

Staying motivated is important to people working in creative businesses. If you’re working alone, you have to have a great amount of self-esteem in order to keep promoting yourself. You are your product, your creativity is your unique selling point, and you have to believe in yourself so you can sell your work at a fair market value.  As Pedro Aguilar  told us last year, it’s important to also spend some time working on your own creative work, doing things not just for clients, but for yourself, and you’ll often find that you’ll get a commission based on something of your own work that captures the attention of a new client.

Keeping your ideas fresh when you’re working on your own initiative can be a challenge to anyone working for themselves. In a creative business it’s particularly important.

The Support team at Anthropics is here to help you keep your software up to date, and help you learn new skills with your software.

Want to learn something new with PortraitPro? Check back here!

Check out the blog on Smart Photo Editor for new ideas on getting more out of your photo editing software.

Don’t forget to share ideas with other PortraitPro users on our Facebook page too.

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5 Networking Tips (That Will Improve Your Photography)

Whether you’re running a successful business or simply starting out in photography, good networking skills are crucial in helping you grow and improve.

Here are 5 of our favorite tips for better networking that will also help you become a better photographer.

Take the Initiative

It can be nerve-wracking to put yourself out there but whether it’s deciding to go to your first networking event, striking up a conversation once you’re there, asking a stranger if you can photograph them or capturing the decisive moment, taking the initiative is the first step to success.

Remember, you fail at 100% of the things you never try!

Ask Questions

Instead of worrying about being interesting, be interested. Asking people about themselves, and being interested in their replies, is a great way to put people at ease.

You may also learn that they have a skill or connection that will allow you to work together in a mutually beneficial way.

When photographing clients, asking them about themselves will help them to relax and open up in front of the camera, helping you create more natural portraits. This can be particularly useful when working with children.

Be Generous

Instead of wondering what someone can do for you, think about what you could do for them. It’s better to be remembered as someone who was willing to help, rather than someone who was out for themselves.

Helping someone out might open you up to unexpected opportunities or give you a skill that you were lacking before.

When taking street portraits, you should offer to send your subject the final image. Not only might you gain a new client, but the knowledge that someone will see the images will encourage you to do your best.

Carry Business Cards (and have a great website) 

It’s important that new contacts can find you, and your work, quickly and easily. Have a great, clear business card that drives people to your website.

Your website should showcase only the best of your work, which means learning to critically view your own portfolio. Take a step back and really look at your photographs from a client perspective.

Look for images which don’t deliver and consider how you could improve next time.

Follow Up. 

When you make a new contact, be sure to follow up with an email soon after. This will stop your business card lying forgotten in their desk forever. Let them know that you enjoyed meeting them and suggest opportunities for further discussion.

Similarly, when working on personal projects be sure to review your images soon after a shoot. It’s easy to back up your images and forget about them in the bustle of everyday life but there may be something really great in there that you missed the first time.

Do you have a great networking tip? Share it on our Facebook page.

 

Photographing Street Art

Noticing the details is what street photography is about; capturing the essence of a place, or a person, to really give an insight in to the soul.

One of the often overlooked details in a place is the street art. So often graffiti is unsightly but it’s becoming a more recognized art form, and artist’s works such as Banksy (if they can be removed,) are selling for hundreds of thousands.

Many cities have specially designated places for street art and murals. One place that has a good street art project is the Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia.

Street art, South Street Philly

Street art on the corner of 6th and South Streets, Philadelphia.

An image search for Mural Arts Philadelphia will find many, many more images like this.

South Street Philadelphia is particularly famous for its art. It’s off the beaten track, away from the tourist spots and the historical landmarks that Philly is known for; but for those in the know, South Street is a great place to capture the essence of the City of Brotherly Love.

As with any city, do your research before you go. Check out any particular points of interest and make a list of things you want to find, and then you can be more focused in your wanderings.

In San Francisco it’s Clarion Alley, and in London, you want to check out the East End, Shoreditch, Hoxton and Brick Lane, although Camden and Soho are also known for their street art too.

There is street art in every city, but some cities have really embraced providing legal space for the artists. Whatever kind of art you produce, whether it’s photography, paintings, paintings on walls, we’ve all got an opinion to express, and photographing the work can help its message to be transported even further.

Check out our Pinterest Board for more Street Art around the world.

If you’re photographing in a large city, it’s often hard to capture the image without people in the photo. You might want to keep those people in your images; they are all part of the urban landscape.  You can use your portrait editing software to ensure that these people look their natural best.

Smart Photo Editor can give you some great effects to really enhance your images.

Download a free trial of PortraitPro here, and Smart Photo Editor here.