Speed-editing a Portrait in Adobe Photoshop by Aaron Nace

There are tons of videos on YouTube of people doing absolutely incredible things with Photoshop. Most of the time these videos are more impressive than they are practical. It’s pretty rare that I need to create a disaster scene from found photos, as amazing as the video is.

Today I stumbled onto a post from FStoppers featuring Aaron Nace speed-editing a portait for an editorial audience. The original image was shot by Aleksandar Jaredic.

Aleksandar Jaredic Before After by Aaron Nace of Phlearn.com

It reminded me of a photo shoot I did last year. I originally was commissioned to shoot 5-10 executive head shots. When I got to their headquarters the plan changed to an incredible 45 head shots and an event shoot. In my head I was totally overwhelmed but I couldn’t let the client know this. I was working solo and given 8 hours to shoot 45 people and an event. Impossible right? Continue reading

Night Light

What an awesome night tonight turned out to be. Twitter buddies @Airrun, @JHolman23, @jasetrevino and @Marris_Returns came over for wine, bread, cheese, and fun.

It was my first pseudo tweetup since moving back to San Francisco, the first time I had seen Jimmy since he moved here from Missouri and the first time I had the pleasure of meeting Jason or Aaron. We listened to music, watched some hilarious YouTube videos, talked about everything and nothing at the same time.

It was a pretty awesome night. Even Ryan got to join in on the fun which was such a pleasant surprise. Seems any other time we do something like this, his hectic work schedule gets in the way. Now I just can’t wait for the next time I have friends over for wine and a great time.

The photo of the day, way up there, is yet another one from the roof of our apartment shooting into the neighboring backyard. There is something about this particular apartment and their 6000 watt light that shines light pollution across the common grassy space between the buildings that is so romantic to me. It’s what I imagine a Gregory Crewdson photo would look like if he had a crew of one and a budget of none.

New Photo Books Out Today

I’ve got two new photo books out today.  One from AdoramaPix and one from Blurb.  The AdoramaPix book holds nineteen of my latest photographs culled down from hundreds.  It’s another high quality book from AdoramaPix, 12″ square C-Prints.  I can’t wait to get it in and see it on paper.
Meanwhile, I also created an in depth look at the photography I’ve made over the two years using Blurb Books.  From Lockhart Texas to Paris France, from subway trains to aeroplanes, water fountains to cisterns.  It’s 196 pages of my work.  While it isn’t all of it, it’s a pretty good look at what I’ve been doing.
Check them out and let me know what you think, especially if you pick one up for yourself!

Columbia Tribune, Coming Soon

Yesterday I got an early look at Aarik Danielsen‘s article on me and my gallery show.  I must say, I was as honored by his words as I was in awe of his ability to describe my photography, something I have trouble with myself.

Sam was kind enough to shoot a photo of me at the gallery for the column and I actually like it which is pretty incredible.  Nothing against Sam but as I see it, the best way to ruin a photo is to put me in it!

I have a new respect for both Sam and anyone else who has to take a portrait of someone.  What a job!  My friend Breezy makes it seem so easy.

Perhaps it’s her confidence behind the camera.  Where I dance around the proposition of taking some random person’s photo, Breezy seems to just walk up and make it happen.

As soon as the article comes out, I’ll be sure to put an excerpt with a link to the full article.  Aarik’s writing style and ability to tell a story is incredible.  I can’t wait to see the finished product, as well as follow all the future stories he writes.

Oh and don’t forget, the gallery show continues on until May 15 so check it out while you can!

Perlow-Stevens Gallery
812 East Broadway
Columbia, MO 65201

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Gallery Show Reception Recap

Saturday was the reception for my very first gallery show and thanks to you guys, it was not only a huge success but also a total blast.  I wanted to thank all of you who have supported me in my photographic ventures through purchasing prints, commenting on photos here and on my photoblog, sharing my photos with your friends and even helping me select the photos for the show!

Thanks to the Perlow-Stevens Gallery for hosting my photography and Sycamore restaurant for providing all the delicious food.

Thanks to Sam who had the forethought to make it a Facebook event.  You’d think that I’d be all over that since, well, I kinda do that sort of stuff for a living haha.  Well I forgot and was pleasantly surprised to see that Sam had already setup a Facebook Event and invited dozens of people!

Sam and I hung out at the photolab for a while before dropping some stuff off at my apartment and heading to the show. We played with some old photography equipment at my place, Sam has the 50mm f/1.8 pancake lens I’ve always wanted!  Took this image with it.

It had some back focus issues with my Nikon D80 but worked pretty darn good with my Nikon D700.  Ultimately I’ll stick with my 50mm f/1.8, that is until I move up to the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G which is an incredible lens, albeit a bit pricy compared to the 50mm f1.8

A ton of people showed up at the gallery to check out the new work by Patty Oblack, Cat Tesla, Elaine Fleck, Susan Bostwick, Joel Sager, Michael Bauermeister, Derrick Breidenthal and of course, ME!

One of my photography class besties came out too, actually almost all of them!

Leah brought her camera and was kind enough to take a few pics of the reception. I’ll hope I can get them from her today and share them on the blog. Until then, here’s one of Leah checking out her shots and a couple of mine.

Thanks again to everyone who came out to support me, drink some wine and eat some delicious food. 😀  Oh and don’t forget, the show continues through May 15 so if you didn’t get a chance to see it yet, there is still time!

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Gallery Show, it Only Took Like 18 Years!

Check out that camera around my neck! It only took like eighteen more years for me to get my first gallery show.  LoL

Here are the details, see you there tonight?!

I’ll be there along with all the other cool kids 😀
Hope to see you tonight!

Date: Saturday, April 10, 2010

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: Perlow-Stevens Gallery

Street: 812 East Broadway

City/Town: Columbia, MO

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Perlow-Stevens Gallery Show

I posted a few months ago about the potential for me to have my very first gallery show.  There was a HUGE outpour of support here on the blog, on Facebook, on Twitter and beyond.  So first off, thanks for all the help, the suggestions on what to submit and what to leave out.  Your thoughts were incredibly helpful to me.

Guess what, I got the show!  It’s up right now at the Perlow-Stevens Gallery and it looks great, can I say that?  Seriously though, everyone I’ve talked to has said great things about it and apparently a few people have shown interest in buying a few of the prints, which I would of course welcome!

Here is a preview of what you’ll see when you go there.  Of course everything looks different in a gallery setting.  I have always felt my images look best big and have printed each photo 20×30 inches with a four in matte mounted on archival board and put in beautiful, white Nielsen frames.  All put together they are 28×38 inch, white frames, white matte and mostly white images.  The lighting mixed with the choices on the matte and frames really helps the colors pop.

I had a great little evening last week with several friends, Chase, Sam, David, Korrie, Laura, Eric, Justin R, Sydney and a few others all joined me at Top Ten Wines for drinks to celebrate the opening of my show. Turns out it was Ping Pong Night at Top Ten, which was kind of fun to watch haha. Drunk people playing ping pong, ahem, table tennis, is always a fun venture.  It’s the reason Google added a drunk-test to Gmail for those of us who have sent unfortunate emails while under the influence… LoL  They really take it serious, brackets and all!

Perhaps the funniest part of the night were these photos captured by Sam or David, I can’t even remember, of Chase.  Make up your own story, I’ll provide the series of images…

There will be an official opening for my show, as well as a few other artists  this Saturday.  The reception is on April 10th, 6:00-9:00p.  I hear there will be free booze and food so you really have no excuse not to come!

Don’t forget you can follow the Perlow-Stevens Gallery on Twitter @PSGallery.  You can use the hashtag #PSGS and/or an @reply to them if you visit my exhibition with your thoughts.

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