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Behind the Scenes: The Crown of Loda – Conceptual Photography Tutorial Color Grading

Background I am surrounded by inspiring and creative people.  I’m not sure if this happened on purpose or if it’s something I lucked myself into, but I truly am a fortunate dude. Between my family and friends, the people I work with, and my amazing studiomates (shout out to my…

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The Heir of Plavalaguna – Behind the Scenes

It has been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to sit down and do a little writeup for my site and quite honestly, it feels amazing to be back! Over the past 2 months or so, I’ve found myself becoming obsessed with costumes and special effects makeup.  In fact,…

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Death in the Family – Before and After Conceptual Photography Edit

When I was starting off in photography, a big resource to help expand my knowledge were the before-and-after photos other photographers would share with me.  When given the chance to see a before photo, more often than not the a lot of the techniques used by the photographer become extraordinarily…

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ELEANOR’S DESCENT – BEHIND THE SCENES + SHOOT INFO

I’ve really been inspired by underwater photography as of late.  While I do have access to an underwater case, Chicago’s frigid weather sort of limits our options (and sadly, I don’t know anyone with a pool). I had to improvise. The following shot was setup as follows: As you’ll notice this is a 3-light…

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NATURAL LIGHT BABY PHOTOSHOOT – COLOR BOOST AND VINTAGE COLOR GRADING

Level: Beginner Before we begin I’d like to preface this by saying the phrase “vintage look” is very much a vague statement that really doesn’t mean anything.  There are a lot of ways to achieve a more vintage-y look, but we’re going to focus on a look that seems to be popular amongst photographers on Instagram,…

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NATURAL LIGHT BABY SHOOT POST PROCESSING AND COLOR GRADING

Level: Beginner Ok I want everybody to fess up.  Be honest: You’ve overexposed a shoot before.  I know I have.  It sucks, and to be honest, it’s a horrible habit.  Luckily for me, the power of shooting in RAW can often times help salvage an overexposed photo.  Below, I present to…

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Chicago Commercial Photography – Mountain Dew Ad Step by Step

I’ve been slowly working on a collection of commercial art projects over the past few months and felt it was time to share this one with you guys.  When deciding on a product to use, I knew I wanted to do a photograph where the product in question would illuminate…

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