April Showers


I’ve gone from feeling like death on a stale bun to just lazy. After being sick with the flu and a lung infection for the last three weeks I’m thinking it’s time to start getting busy again. April has brought a lot of rain and storm damage to the area. It’s raining again today so flooding will soon follow. Our family has had baby showers in addition to rain showers and leaky shower faucets so that has me thinking about buying some umbrellas but not the water repelling kind. I’m interested in umbrellas for lighting or light modifying. Trying to decide what to get and shopping for bargains as usual.

While I was trying to get well last week I spent a few days reading a new book by Scott Kelby, “Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques For Photographers using Photoshop.”

That’s a long title but it gives you a good idea who this book is aimed at. Depending on how much time you have already spent doing portrait retouching, some of this may seem familiar but there is a lot of great stuff you probably have not considered before unless you do this sort of thing full time.

This book is a must have for photographers who do their own editing or want to get started editing portraits. There is a great chapter on workflow and how to go about edits when you only have a limited amount of time to spend on each image. Scott provides several different ways to accomplish many tasks, which allows you to choose the best technique for the job at hand. There is also a great retouching checklist you can add to your photoshop menu to help keep you organized and not forget anything important. Ok, he’s not paying me so that’s enough about that. I liked it.

Now that it looks like I might live, I’m trying to figure out what my next project is going to be before grand baby number one arrives next month.

Help-Portrait St. Louis CWE Success!

These are a few of our Hair Stylists from Paul Mitchell The School. We had over thirty volunteers on Saturday and they all did a great job. We had some issues with the printers and the flash triggers but everything worked pretty well. I think I would allow more time to get setup in the future or to set up in advance somehow.

I just wanted to thank everyone who came did everything they said they would do and much more. We had great support from our local restaurants; ~scape on Maryland Plaza and Pi Pizzeria on Euclid Avenue; who fed our volunteers breakfast and lunch and helped make our day much more productive. Please be sure to support our Central West End businesses whenever you can.

I had six other photographers join me and in addition to setting up lights and taking photos, they did a great job of editing the shots and getting them printed. They were some glitches to overcome along the way and everyone took those in stride and worked hard to make the day a success.

Everyone served at the event was extremely grateful for the time and effort of our volunteers and I think we had a positive impact. Thank you all very much for being there and doing a fantastic job.

Please feel free to contact me or to use the registration form on the proceeding post if you are interested in joining us for a future Help-Portrait event.