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Making an income from selling photography –Street Photography

There’s a whole host of ways to make money from your photography; it doesn’t have to be your portrait studio work that makes you money.

If you’re keen on photographing people then street photography could be one way to learn more about portrait photography; to get a chance to learn about other cultures and places and perhaps venture into a different area of interest.

Perhaps you might find a way to sell your street images, but be sure you get a model release for any images containing people. You also need to check out the local rules and laws on street photography.  Some countries and regions are stricter on privacy, and you should always respect the privacy of individuals. If someone doesn’t seem to want their photo taken, then don’t do it. Some communities, like the Amish, don’t like to be photographed. Be respectful of their wishes and don’t take an image of a person who wouldn’t want to be photographed.

There are plenty of other people and places where you can take photographs without offending anyone, and people usually don’t mind you taking photographs of their buildings, it’s usually recognizable images of real people that they don’t want to be taken.

You may often find that people are very happy to have their photo taken, but all you need to do is ask. A smile and a nod is all it takes.

If a street performer allows you to take their photo, then they usually expect a payment, and can be quite insistent on their payment if they realize that you’ve taken one without paying them. This is after all how they make their living.

If you do get permission from the street performer to take their photo, then portrait editing software would also work on their painted faces, and would perhaps help to make them even more flawless than the costume on its own.

These images would also benefit from some additional effects, such as the watercolor effects in Smart Photo Editor, making them very artistic and interesting portraits.

Whether it’s just your annual vacation, or you’re trying to travel on a more regular basis to earn a living from your photography, then it’s probably worth investing in some industry standard photography software, at a very affordable price.

Get Smart Photo Editor here and PortraitPro here.

Prom Class of 2015

Portrait Photographs for Prom, Class of 2015

If you’re a professional portrait photographer, it’s one of the high points of your busy schedule. It’s a major event in any teenager’s calendar, and you want to be able to make it special for them.

High school students spend a lot of time and effort on making their Prom a special occasion. They want the best photography that will give them the best reminder of a memorable evening.

Tips for making your prom photography a success:

  • Consider offering photo booth style photography; it’s not all about the formal portrait, and sometimes an amusing photo is more evocative of good memories.
  • Be highly organized and professional. Make sure you have all your equipment, extension leads, stationery, payment equipment, computer equipment that you might need. You can’t rely on the school or venue having anything that you might need, including a power outlet just where you need it.

The one thing that you don’t need to worry about is your portrait editing, and with PortraitPro you can reduce the time spent in editing, so that you can return the images to your clients in double quick time!

PortraitPro 12 now has relighting technology, allowing you a more natural photo touch up.

You can give them great portrait editing, creating flawless images that look more natural, simply by creating presets that suit your editing style.

Every teenager wants to have great prom photos, you can give them their best looks, and send them their images quickly.

Give them a sneak peak at what they’re going to get by using the Facebook integration within PortraitPro to whet their appetites for their images.

Try PortraitPro today, and see for yourself how much time you can save.

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Portrait Photos in the rain

It’s often very rainy in April. A variety of weather will make our photographs more interesting, but it’s important to learn how to get the best from the environment, and also to remember that we should always have a backup plan.

Here are some ideas for taking interesting portraits in the rain:

  • Use Umbrellas. Clear umbrellas are great to keep the rain off your subject, let any light through and keep them a little happier in the damp. – There’s nothing more miserable than getting soaked to the skin. A black umbrella makes a good plain background for the head and shoulders.
  • Have a backup location that has a porch or an awning or an overhanging roof, so your people can be sheltered from the rain, but you can still capture the rain in the back ground.
  • Rain is more visible when there’s a light behind it. Find a location with a light behind the rain, or find a way to put your own in the background, and use a faster shutter speed. The faster the shutter speed, the more you’re going to see the raindrops. You may need to slightly increase your ISO, but you’ll still get great quality images. If you want them a little blurry, you won’t need it quite as fast.
  • Look for reflections in the puddles that form, or the shine on the wet sidewalk. They can make great features, and can create an interesting symmetry to your images which makes them more interesting.
  • Look for how people react to the rain. Kids love it; they don’t care about getting wet. Its great fun to splash in the puddles, with rain boots and appropriate clothing of course!
  • If it’s an engagement shoot or wedding day, you don’t want the couple to get thoroughly drenched, they won’t be happy; but if you can convince them that a little bit of an adventure will give their images a memorable quality, then you’ll get the chance to experiment a little and get some great portrait photos.Wedding couple in the rain
  • Be sure to exercise caution when photographing in any extreme weather conditions. Don’t forget that an umbrella can conduct lightning, and be sure to check the weather report for tornadoes and other extreme weather.
  • Take care of your camera equipment. You can get a wide variety of items to protect your equipment, and if you plan on shooting in the rain regularly, or you live in a climate where it rains regularly, then a rain sleeve is a good investment. A plastic bag is also useful and cheap way to keep your equipment dry.

When capturing portraits, whether it’s for engagements, weddings or just for fun, it’s important to make sure that everyone looks their best. Portrait editing software can give your portraits just that little bit of enhancement that will turn a really good portrait in to a great one; that they will want to keep for years to come.

Check out PortraitPro now.

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Easter Family Portraits 2015

You may or may not have had a Spring Break or a vacation this year, but don’t worry, it’s almost Easter break.

There’s still time to get your Easter family portraits sorted. Whether it’s booking a family portraits session with a professional studio, or just scheduling a time when all the family can get together, to create something for the family album, there’s plenty of time to take some photos and to do some portrait editing too.

Spring is in the air, and a portrait shoot with the little ones on an Egg Hunt or dressed in a cute outfit seems like the perfect start to a cheerful spring.

Why not organize your own Easter Egg roll and get some great images of the kids having a good time?

PortraitPro Studio Max 12 has full batch processing, allowing you to process hundreds of images at once and saving you time on image editing, allowing you even more time to spend with the kids this holiday weekend. Follow our boards on Pinterest for more inspiration.

 

Boy with Bunny and Egg

Boy with Easter bunny and Egg

 

Baby photo with PortraitPro

Tips on photographing new born babies

It’s the first day of Spring and there should be an improvement in the weather coming. It’s been a long winter, but it’s time to celebrate new beginnings. What better way to start off Spring than to think about photographing newborns.

If it’s a lifestyle shoot, capturing some great images of the baby in their first home environment, with their parents, siblings and pets is a great idea.

Here are some tips on improving your new born images.

  • Keep the area warm, and the baby well fed, so that your subject is as comfortable as possible. A happy baby is a sleepy baby, and a sleepy baby is much easier to photograph.
  • Stay calm no matter what happens. If the photographer becomes distressed, then the parents and the baby will be more likely to be distressed.
  • Keep your images simple. A tiny new born baby is so small and innocent it doesn’t need complicated set ups to be interesting.
  • You can get some great props that will help you create unique images, but the best ones are the simplest. Check out some of the ones we like on our Pinterest board.
  • Take close up shots of the tiny details. It’s great to get a bit of perspective, and to show just how tiny this little person is, you could get a close up of a tiny hand on top of a parent’s.
  • Keep a number of different blankets and pillows for sleeping babies.
  • Have some soothing music or soothing sounds in the background, which can help the baby to sleep and therefore be more pliable to an attractive position.

Babies don’t need much photo retouching, but just a little portrait editing can help clean up baby acne, cradle cap and other minor rashes that babies may have for just a few days or weeks, but it’s not something that you’d really want to remember.

The beauty of PortraitPro is that you can turn down all your sliders, use just the skin smoothing tools,  use the touch up  and restore brushes to  get the skin just exactly how you want it.

You can also use the software to just brighten the eyes a tiny amount, and keep everything else exactly as you saw it in the camera.

See how easy it is, get a free trial now.

Spring Wedding

Spring Wedding Packages

We might be hoping for a hint of Spring in the air, but the truth is, it’s still pretty chilly.

One way to get better weather would be to head to Las Vegas, to WPPI, and check out PortraitPro on the B+H stand (920).

But if you can’t get there this week, then perhaps it’s time to start thinking about your spring wedding and engagement clients.

Their wedding day may be the most memorable day in people’s lives, and they will want their best memories preserved for years to come. It’s worth putting some effort into providing them with the best quality albums, prints, and canvas options that you can, for a reasonable price.

People always want to look their best on special occasions, and along with the actual wedding day, the engagement shoot is also a really important part of the whole wedding process. These are the images that may be used in their engagement announcements, Save the Dates, etc.

You can certainly offer them the best quality, portrait retouching that you can, for the very lowest cost to them and to you.

PortraitPro is affordable to purchase for you, but will save you so much time, that you don’t have to charge the earth for your time spent in editing.

You can give your clients an even more affordable package, and ensure that they can purchase the images that they want.

See how easy it is for you to save time and effort now.

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PortraitPro will be exhibiting at WPPI in Las Vegas

It’s been an exciting start to 2015. We were so pleased to meet so many of you at the SWPP Convention in London, and we’re excited to be seeing even more of you at the WPPI Conference and Expo in fabulous Las Vegas!

In case you didn’t already know, the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers recently partnered with Wedding and Portrait Photographers International. This means that if you are a member of one of these associations, then you can get additional benefits from the other. Crucially, it means that you get to attend both Conventions, and most importantly, come and see PortraitPro in action!

Come and visit us, on the B&H stand (booth 920 – Level 1 Grand Ballroom) this March 2-4 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, see live demonstrations of the portrait editing software, and ask any questions you might have.

Can’t wait to try it out?  Download the free trial today.

 

Merry Christmas to all our PortraitPro users!

In the final preparations for the Holidays, we wish all our PortraitPro fans a very Merry Christmas!

If you’ve still not been able to find the perfect gift for the photographer in your family, then don’t panic, you’ve still got time to get them some professional-quality, photo editing software.

PortraitPro and Smart Photo Editor are both available as an instant download, and can be received as a gift certificate that can be emailed anywhere in the world.

Now it’s time to sit down, relax, and enjoy the festivities.

Season’s Greetings from the team at PortraitPro!

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Vote for us in the SWPP Awards

Vote in the SWPP awards

It’s less than a month to go… No, not to Christmas, but to the SWPP Convention in London, January 16 – 18  2015.

Will you be visiting the Convention? We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

It’s your unique chance to meet us in person, ask us any questions, and see a demo of the portrait editing software.

We know that lots of you have already voted for us in the awards, but if you haven’t already done it, then make sure you vote for us by December 31st to be in with a chance of winning tickets to the convention!

You can vote for us in the categories of Best Professional Software, Best Professional Studio Accessory or Best Professional Customer Service.

Let us know that you’ll be visiting, drop us a line and say Hello!

We’d love to hear from you on Twitter, or Facebook.

You can try the software for yourself with a free trial of Portrait Pro today.

 

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Top Tips to avoid the holiday madness

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Making a list…

The best way to be organized is to plan your gifts. Who will you see on Christmas Day, and who will you see before and after Christmas?

Order any photo gifts well in advance to avoid the last minute rush, and to give you time to receive items, in case you need to mail them on to their recipients.

Use your favorite photo printing service to order items. Bags and wallets, phone cases, stockings, ornaments, jigsaw puzzles, the list is really endless, and if you can think of an item that you’d like to personalize with a photograph, there’s probably a service that will print it for you.

With all these wonderful gifts available, you want to know that your photos are the best that they can be.

If you have photos with people in them, you want to make sure that you are showing people looking their best. If they are going to look at images of themselves all year long, then they will want to see an image of themselves looking really good, so that they feel good about themselves when they see it. It’s a gift that can give you a boost of good feeling all year long.

In just the same way, you should think about your holiday greetings card too. If you’re sending out a picture of your family, you should make sure that you’re sending out something that everyone will be happy to send out to all your friends and family.

PortraitPro Studio Max 12 as a standalone is the fastest way to quickly and easily automatically edit lots of your photos to show the people in your images at their best.  It’s affordable and easy to use, so it will save you time in the busy holiday rush.

If the person you’re gifting really has got everything that they could possibly want to personalize, then perhaps they might like their own photo editing software.

Portrait Pro Gift Cerificate Design

Try it out today, and see how much time you could save on making every one look great this season.

Why not share your holiday pictures with us, show us the great photo retouching work that brightens up your holiday season? We’re on Facebook, and Twitter.