Halloween Editorial – Behind the Scenes

Friday, October 17, 2014 0 0



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Here’s a few fun behind the scenes photos from our October Editorial! Such a fun team on this one. The only person missing is Jenny who graciously did our models hair in between appointments at her salon. You gals (and guy) are awesome!

Team: MUA Kerri Metcalf // Hair Jenny Strebe aka confessions of a hairstylist // Florals Karen Bever at Boka // Models Dorothy and Mia // Photographer Tiffany Egbert (that’s me!)


My DIY Portrait Studio Setup

Friday, October 3, 2014 0 0

Headpiece by Boka Event Florals left over from our Halloween Editorial! 

A few people have asked me about my studio set up and to be honest, it’s super simple and super inexpensive to set up! I shoot in a pretty small space so this setup is best for beauty work and head shots. Essentially all you need is a small garment rack ($10), a roll of matte wrapping paper ($6), and a handful of clothes pins ($2). For these shots I decided to experiment with a patterned backdrop but for most of my work I just use the solid papers.

1. Disconnect the top bar of your garment rack and slide your roll of paper through.

2. Carefully unroll and pull paper down until the paper passes the bottom bar of the garment rack about 2 inches and use your clothes pins to pin to top and bottom bars.

3. You can also pin additional papers to the roll as seen in the photo below. Using double sided masking tape will reduce the appearance of shadows and seams. Use your content aware tool post in photoshop to get rid of any remaining seams.

4. Set up in front of a window with as much natural light as possible (you can also use your flash or studio lighting but I prefer natural light whenever possible)

5. Since this rack is not very tall have subject sit on a chair or backless stool and start shooting!



A peak into my photo editing process

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 0 0



Now matter how much work you put into an image – the styling, the hair and makeup, the beautiful model – a photograph is not always pure magic coming out of the camera. I rarely ever show unedited work but I thought this set was perfect to illustrate this because the original image is pretty bad mainly due to poor lighting and uneven exposure but after a little bit of editing, it turned into one of my absolute favorite images! That being said today I’m going to show you how the magic is made and take you through my photo editing process.

1. CLEAN UP SKIN- My first step is to even out the skin tone and get rid of dark circles underneath the eyes using the clone tool in Photoshop. I’m not particularly a fan of the overly airbrushed look so I like to keep my brush set at an opacity between 30-60% for a more natural finish.

2. DODGE & BURN – The most obvious issue with the original image is the exposure. The outside of the image is properly exposed but the face is super dark. When shooting outdoors you’re not always going to have perfect lighting conditions so dodging and burning can help correct that. In general I’d rather shoot something too dark than over expose because you have a lot more pixel data to work with. In this image I used the dodge tool in Photoshop to bring the face out of the shadows. Much better!

3. CURVES & LEVELS – After balancing out the shadows the image is still a bit dark for me so I lightened it up a bit more. This can be done with either curves or levels.

4. STYLIZE – My last step is to stylize the image. For this image I’ve used one of my favorite tools, VSCO Film 02 for lightroom. As mentioned in my previous post I was a film photographer for a long time before I started shooting digital so when I found these presets that emulated the look of film for digital, I was sold!!  For this one I used the Kodak film preset and after exporting, the image is complete. Much better than the original!