Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Avoid the "Dewy Look" on Professional Business Headshots

I know that this "Dewy look" is a popular trend but we have been asking clients to avoid it when they come in for professional business headshots. 

Removing blemishes or reducing lines, wrinkles or bags under the eyes is a piece of cake in Photoshop. But removing large areas of shine takes much longer and  often looks retouched. 

I'm sure dewy looks fine in glamour shots but it's not a good look in professional business headshots. 
We prefer clients tone it down themselves with their own makeup but we find blotting paper does a nice job so we always keep some on hand.

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What to wear for your business headshots here 

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Fixing Collar Gaps With Liquify Tool

Photographers are always learning.

Sometimes with headshots the jacket is to large you get that gap between the shirt collar and jacket. I don't always catch it during the shoot and have to fix it later. I use Photoshop and cut and paste the jacket, then use the Transform/Warp tool to warp it back into shape. But just couldn't get it to work for me this time.

So I gave it a try with the Liquify tool and just "pushed" the collar of the jacket in, only took about 5 seconds.  I have been using the Liquify tool to fix unwanted bulges, like "muffin tops" or necks that hang our over too tight collars.
Using the liquify tool seems much faster than my old technique. Got to love Photoshop.

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Monday, December 30, 2019

My Year End Bonus

This shiny new Nespresso Expert is my year end bonus for surpassing my sales goals for 2019. The CEO of Spencer Studio (me) and the VP of Employee Incentives (me) decided that the entire sales department (me) needed to be recognized for a job well done.

This new Nespresso Expert makes perfect Espresso, Lungo, Cafe Americano and Ristretto (a double strong espresso, same amount of espresso beans in half the amount of water) each at the push of a single button.

It also messages my smart phone when I am low on coffee pods, water tank is low or the basket of used pods is full.

I love working at Spencer Studio, the board of directors (me) is so generous. Not just to the sales department (me) but also the marketing department (me) and the maintenance department (me).... and we all need coffee....lots of coffee.

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Friday, November 22, 2019

FEDEX: “When It Absolutely, Positively Has to Be Smashed Overnight”

FEDEX: “When It Absolutely, Positively Has to Be Smashed Overnight”
A viral video shared by photographer Greg Riegler over this past weekend highlights the problem of carriers mishandling packages — in this case, a package containing a $1,500 Canon lens. The video was captured by a video doorbell security camera and recently detailed by Riegler

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Why I'm a Rotarian

I remember seeing many old black and white photos of my father as a small boy wearing a metal brace on his arm. He wore it for two years between the ages of 4 and 6, he had POLIO.

So this news comes decades too late for him but I am still grateful to read this. A heartfelt thank you to Rotary International for taking this on as a project and raising over US$2 billion, and to The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for their 2 to 1 matching grant. People sometimes ask me what Rotary does, well this is what it does.

The Story, the wild poliovirus type 3 (WPV3) has been eradicated worldwide.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Square Thing Upgrade Takes Debit Now

Cool. Square sent me an email this morning saying our little devices have been upgraded to accept Debit Chip & PIN for any dollar amount. Previously they would only accept sales up to $100.

I love the convenience of Square, and have been using it a couple of years now.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Latest 5 Star Review... in Mandarin

I just got this 5 Star Online Review... Love it! I photograph a lot of international students, when he said he was going to leave me a review I asked him if he would do it in Mandarin... so cool.

" 是如何太太华最好的摄像师。他知道如何拍出最好的照片,也知道如何让一个人笑起来并且抓拍那一个美丽的瞬间。"

Translation "The Best Photographers in Ottawa Robin is the best cameraman in the world. He knows how to make the best photos and how to make a person laugh and capture that beautiful moment."