Monday, May 09, 2011

Improving on Nature


I shot some portraits of officers of a local service club a week or so ago and decided they needed a little tweaking.

Remembering that former Sun photographer James Byard got good results with PortraitProfessional software, I went to the web site and bought a copy of PortraitProfessional10 Studio Edition, v10.2 for the very reasonable price of $59.

I’ve been playing with it all morning, exploring the possibilities, and have decided every portrait photographer needs this software. It lets you make profound but subtle improvements. I could do most of this stuff in PhotoShop, but it would be a slow and tedious process. PortraitProfessional10 Studio Edition makes it possible to effect improvements like this in 5 minutes or less.

Here’s an example with a portrait I shot six years ago of a friend in Florida. The unaltered image is on the left, the tweaked image on the right.

This stuff can even make me look good. Kinda.


Lauri Shillings said...

Interesting! I will look into this.

Totsie said...

I love love LOVE processing RAW. This program looks and probably is very similar to Lightroom, and you can do things so much quicker without having to fiddle with all those blasted "layers" in PS. I still prefer working with curves in Photoshop and sharpening with Noise Ninja, but for everything else these programs are fab. :)