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my friend jen gave me and article several years ago about how it wasn’t the equipment that made the photographer noteworthy, but rather the photographer’s understanding of the equipment and making it all work in correlation with light and exposure. the photographer also needs to know how to properly use what’s in his bag to get the desired look he is hoping to achieve. different lenses combined with different settings create different results.

i am asked frequently what’s in my bag. i shoot with a canon 5d (i have the mark ii but prefer the 5d; i just like the color better). my principle lens is my 50mm 1.2. when that baby isn’t attached my 35mm 1.4 is. i recently bought the 85mm 1.2, and am in love with it’s photographic prowess. i have a 24-70 2.8 and a 70-200 2.8 but rarely use them, just when i am at weddings for certain things. i also have a lensbaby, which is fun to have in my pocket for artsy things. i shoot with 2 580ex flashes too. that’s the bag. (i’ll do a post soon on which lens i use for what and when; hang tight for that one.)

there is more to photography, however, than what fills the bag. there is the whole process of post: what you do after you do what you do with all of the fancy stuff in the bag. so what’s not in my bag that helps with my final product? there’s not too much to it, but it does require more time than a side kick and less time than a full blown workshop. so this month i will be hosting a mini workshop on how to work the tools used for post process, the very important tools that aren’t found in the bag. 🙂

so we all have something great to work with we are going to start with an incredible fully stylized shoot, brought to us by the lovely katrina. we have already started formulating ideas; it’s going to be good, really good. remember: everything you photograph you will be able to use for your portfolio building. after, we’ll download, and while we are downloading we’ll have a bite to eat. then i’ll walk you through everything, EVERYTHING, i do post process. i won’t leave anything out, and if you have a question it will be answered!!! we’ll go through it all step by step; i’ll show you all of my post processing process from download to saving and posting on the web. i’ll explain the functions i use and am comfortable with and how i take my images from here:


to here:


i’ll break down the snow queen, starting here:


and ending here:


i’ll show you my standard kamee june processing:





share some tips for good skin tones:



how i bump color without over bumping:





i’ll even show you how i post processed the ghosts:







i’ll show you whatever you want to see. i promise. this is your chance to get some of your photoshop questions answered.

the full details:

the date: january 28th, 2011

the time: 300pm-800pm

the place: corona, ca (full details to follow)

the tuition: $295.00

the inclusion: fully stylized shoot, dinner, a packet of kamee june flash cards with all of my favorite photoshop tips and recipes, and as much photoshop know-how that you want to know and learn! (if i don’t know the answer to all of your questions i will help you find them. another promise. ;))

photoshop can be an powerful tool when used effectively. it give images their “wow” factor. it takes them from level b to a. it adds that special something we all want our art to have.



i hope you will be able to join us; it’s going to be great!!! contact me with any questions you have. look forward to seeing you at the end of the month to put your “sweet” into the “creative suite”!! 😉

mini photoshop workshop with kj