Monthly Archives: April 2016

Back from another photography trip to Riga, Latvia

My goal originally was to complete my photography book from my trips to Riga before I returned, but the work takes a little longer than I expected, not that I’m in a very much of a hurry, but I did had hoped to bring copies with me. I expect I’m roughly halfway done, or perhaps a bit further. I will not include any work from this trip in the book, nor will I edit many of them before I’ve completed the book… That is a goal at least, I’m known to keep such “promises” I tell myself πŸ™‚

Although he wasn’t with me physical on this trip, my good friend George Groot, is in many ways “responsible” for this trip as not only did he introduce me with two of the models I was lucky to work with, but he also gave me a tip on a photography studio I hadn’t heard of before; Yeko Photo Studio. I used the studio twice during the stay. Was very happy with the results and service I got.

Model: Sinba

Model: Sinba
MUA & Stylist: Ramona Lazda
Shot in studio

Model: Lita Lote

Model: Lita Lote
Model: Lita Lote
MUA & Stylist: Ramona Lazda & Linda Akmenlauka
Shot in Studio

While I was there another photography friend of mine was also in Riga and shot in another studio, we didn’t work together this time, but we met each evening and talked about what we both had done and looked over a few unprocessed photos, but mainly we just went out and had a meal and could talk photography for hours without anyone presents getting bored out of their minds πŸ™‚

The photos I didn’t shoot in the studio was shot in the apartment I rented. I prefer renting apartments instead of hotels, not only do I find hotels boring and too predictable, but I do prefer to have a bit more room. I like to walk to the kitchen and make myself something to eat in the evening, and then walk to another room and eat it, not sitting in one tiny (or sometimes not so tiny, but still just one or two rooms). The cost of renting an apartment in Riga is way less than a hotelroom cost back home so…
How do I find apartments you might ask. Lately I’ve used Airbnb (if you use this link you’ll get a discount when you book with them, and so do I πŸ™‚

 

Model: Candice

Model: Candice
MUA & Stylist: Linda Akmenlauka
Shot in apartment

 

Model: AliseElf

Model: AliseElf
MUA & Stylist: Linda Akmenlauka
Shot in apartment

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Editing portraits – what I most often need to edit

What I most often need to edit..

The little things

What I actually spend most time on when I edit portraits are not what people might think; the face or re-sculpture the body (something I normally don’t do)
I often have to spend up to 90% on the things that few would notice at the time, but might notice afterwards

This photo below here, from my third trip in May, 2014 to Riga, Latvia, show some of the things that would annoy me if I didn’t get it removed. the price-tags underneath the shoes.
This actually took me a little while to remove. In addition to this I had to remove some spots on the floor and wall. Elizabeth needed little work as she was in my opinion already photo-shopped when she entered the studio πŸ™‚

 

What I most often need to edit in portraits, the other things

This is what I spend most of the time on this image editing. Sometimes it is the little things πŸ™‚

Model: Elizabeth

Most editing in this photo was shoes and background…
Model: Elizabeth

 

What I normally don’t do

I do not normally reshape a person.
I try not to over-edit.

 

My “normal” edit process

I will document later a normal editing routine later and post it here. Stay tuned πŸ™‚

 

Tools I use

Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CC

Topaz labs plugins

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I earn a small payment from the link to Topaz plugin, but at the same time so do you if you should buy one of them. (free 30 day evaluation available)

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