How to Edit Natural Portrait Look

Oh you … yes you, my dear friends. Today is your lucky day. So many of you have wished this moment to come: I will teach one side of my superpower…  edition on photoshop. Many of you liked my recent picture and you’ve wondered how I did. This is how!

 

Final result

Final result

STEP 1: OPEN YOUR JPEG OR RAW IMAGE

This is how the image was captured from my Nikon D5100 with the 50mm lens f/1.4

This is how the image was captured from my Nikon D5100 with the 50mm lens f/1.4

STEP 2: DODGE AND BURNING

dodge and burning

This means that you light up the brightness of the image and you “burn” up the dark areas. It will dramatically change , in a good way, the perspective of the image. You can use curves. Add a layer mask on them and use a brush!

STEP 3: GRADIANT

step 3 - gradiantFor a glowy effect, add up a gradiant fill with a radiant style at and angle of -132,88. Scale it up to 150. Be sure the box “Reverse” and “Align with layer” are checked.

STEP 4: SELECTIVE COLOR

step 4 - selective color

Cyan: 56 Yellow: 100 Relative

step 4 - selective color 2

Cyan:80 Magenta:50 Yellow:11 Relative

step 4 - selective color 3

Cyan:1 Magenta:-1 Yellow:-1 Relative

STEP 5: CURVEstep 5 - curve

 

STEP 6: SELECTIVE COLOR

step 6 - selective color

Cyan: 7 Magenta: 17 Yellow: 11 Relative

step 6 - selective color 2

Cyan: 5 Magenta: 19 Yellow: -9 Relative

STEP 7: SELECTIVE COLOR… AGAIN

step 7 - selective color

Magenta: 1 Yellow: 7 Relative

step 7 - selective color 2

Magenta:8 Yellow:10 Relative

step 7 - selective color 3

Cyan: 60 Relative

STEP 8: GRADIANT MAP ON HUE

step 8 - gradiant hue

 

Be sure to check to select hue on the type of processing.

STEP 9: COLOR BALANCE

step 9 - color balance

MIDTONES| Cyan to Red: 4 Magenta to Green:3 Yellow to Blue:-6 Box checked: Preserve Luminosity

step 9 - color balance 2

SHADOW TONES| Cyan to Red: -4 Magenta to Green:2 Yellow to Blue:-4 Box checked: Preserve Luminosity

STEP 10: HUE SATURATION

step 10 - hue saturation

Saturation +4

STEP 11: COLOR BALANCE

step 11 - color balance

MIDTONES |Magenta to Green:-5 Yellow to Blue:-10 Box checked: Preserve Luminosity

step 11 - color balance 2

SHADOWS| Yellow to Blue:+3 Box checked: Preserve Luminosity

I know… it’s kind of orange but don’t worry. We will fix this in the next step! 🙂

STEP 12: COLOR BALANCE… AGAIN

 

step 12 - color balance

MIDTONES|Cyan to Red: -43 Magenta to Green:+24 Yellow to Blue:-7 Preserve Luminosity

STEP 13: CURVE

step 13 - curve

Input:241 Output:255

step 13 - curve 2

Input:227 Output:255

step 13 - curve 3

Input:193 Output: 255

STEP 14: LAST RETOUCH! Play with selective color to pop out colors of the image

step 14 - final with selective color for vibrant pink and vibrant blue

On this image I applied two selective color : one to intensify pink and the other to intensify the blue. By adding a layer mask on each of them and by inverting the color to black, I took the brush tool and painted at the places I wanted on the image.

STEP 15: FINAL

Final result

Final result

 

Normally I do skin retouching too, but on this image I thought I didn’t need to. I hope you liked this tutorial! If you loved it and you wish me to do more, please let me know on the comments below.

Have an awesome day my beautiful friends and go try this trick now,

Cindy xx

Music: Change Your Way Of Photographing

HOW DOES MUSIC CAN CHANGE YOUR WAY OF PHOTOGRAPHING LIFE

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Since I was little, I’ve always been influenced in some way in music. My mom, a musician herself, inspired me to be one too. At the age of 6, I learned to explore all kind of instruments: flute, xylophone, drums, ect. A year after, I remember I went to Lauzon music store and my mom told me : ” Pick out your instrument”. I couldn’t resist and it was the moment I was born as a pianist. Since that moment, I never stopped playing piano and I must say I’m very proud of it. I’ve learned all the theory of music and I’m at my last year of piano studies before going to university (could be a possibility). I am also part of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Gatineau in which I am a flutist. Great moments.

Anyway, this blog post isn’t supposed to share too much about my life, but since music is a big part of me… I would like to inspire you as well. This is why I want to share with you 5 ways music can change your way of photographing life:

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1. Music is about listening what’s inside you, your desires and hopes

If music wasn’t about listening our heart and feelings, we would never feel it. It happens the same when you photograph anything in life. If you feel the moment, your photograph will too. So I suggest you just to let go with the flow and everything else will come out naturally. 🙂

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2. If you make a mistake, don’t worry about it and continue : never stop

It’s so commun to hear when you do something wrong, you’re dying to try it again until you have it right. The problem is that, it will never be perfect enough and you will miss other things that comes up if you start to worry too much. My piano teacher always reminds me this:

Even professional and best pianist of the world makes mistakes.

Stop to worry on the bad and start to focus on what comes next!!!

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3. Periods are my source of inspiration

Whether the music comes from Classical or Baroque period, it is the perfect way to know more on how humans were living before. In what conditions were they? What is the story and culture behind it? I have to admit it… I’m a big fan of romantic era. Romantic era is all about being expressive and inventive. It is also all about expensive symphonies, dramatic operas and passionate song took inspiration from art and literature.

Being said, when the word romantic or romantiscism comes ahead, I think about those gorgeous gown and royalty families. Back at the time, playing music was an honor to many countries. Only rich humans beings could afford to assist to a performance.  These periods is all about the beauty of life. This kind of thinking is crucial for a creative mind.

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4. Practice for hours, hours, hours and hours

If you can teach your craft, it’s because you’ve mastered it! This key does not only apply to music or photography, but in anything in life. More you spent time on it, more you’ll become expert at it. Therefore, your work will become stronger and greater. Never stop to practice, it’s the solution for memory! Start little by little and you’ll notice soon enough the difference.

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5. Having a full repertory to present is a better knowledge of your craft

Each end of May, I have piano exams to pass with a full music repertory. Four pieces of four periods (Baroque, Romantic, Classical and Contempory) and a piece of study! It’s the perfect way to show that I know, at least, enough of each subclass of the craft. Meaning that if I shoot normaly portraits, knowing a little bit of landscape (as an exemple) can possibly help me on my portraiture. Because at the end, we understand that each subclass has a different technical aspect to approach and it can be implemented to another subclass.

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THANK YOU

This post was really interesting to do… I never knew how I could implement some of my music expertise into photography and I think that was a great way to do it. Visit my youtube channel for more of my music, don’t forget to subscribe if you enjoy. I do not upload often because it takes me a lot of time to master the pieces, but I’ll try to work something out.

Big and warm hugs,

Cindy xox 

cindymelissa.boisvert@hotmail.com

Photographer Ottawa-Gatineau, Québec (Canada)

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What is RESPECT for young artist?

Are you or have been a young artist? You have probably experienced in some way or another that people do not always trust you because you are young. After, the feeling you get about not being well judged frustrates you. Have you ever felt that way? Well I did a few times and I know that some of my friends  does too. Respect is so much important in our daily life. Does age come out as something really important in the world’s art? I don’t think so and I’ll explain why.

Model: my little brother Nicholas Photographer: Cindy Melissa Boisvert

Model: my little brother Nicholas
Photographer: Cindy Melissa Boisvert

Being young is a way to say: ” This is my way to start something. Yes. I can try a new interest. I can do it. I believe in myself and if I like what I do, I’ll keep doing what I love.”. Some people does not always understand that. This is the sad part of it.  As an 18 year old self, I have a quick tip to spread to you : those type of person who doesn’t believe in your power as artist are like chains keeping you from progressing. You have to ignore them and don’t let them the chance to destroy you. Respect is an important way in believing in ourselves and in making you grow. This is the logical way to think… trust me!!

Think about it. What if you believe everything people say? What if… you’re actually good and could become the star of the next generation?! You don’t know what the future has to offer you and it’s not because someone told you bad things about yourself, you should stop!

Please, I will tell this more than a million time, look for people having the same beliefs as yourself and throw the community you don’t need & you don’t deserve to the garbage. Really. This is a way for you to see the world in a new angle and you will have more ease to see life. The only one right to judge is you, so please make some time to study yourself.

Are you self-respected?

I invite you to share this article with anyone you know as young artist! I know lots of friends who would need to read this article, because respect is important. Remember to choose wisely the right circle of friends, business and family. To become a great or incredible artist, you have to believe in yourself and understand that people will not  always be open for you. This is something I learned and will keep helping me in the near future.

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Let’s connect on Facebook! Pop on over, ‘like’ the page and give me a wave. If you’re stuck on what to say, just say: “Hey Cindy, what’s up?”

 

Hugs,

Cindy xx