{‘Shop Talk’ – new bi-weekly series}

I’m so excited to start this new series on my blog. This year I’m dedicating more attention to my blog – so in doing that I have some fun things lined up.  I’ve wanted to do posts for a while now, answering questions I often get in e-mails from other photographers.  But my ‘Shop Talk’ series is going to encompass so much more.  It’s going to be ANYTHING related to photography.  So one week it might focus on photoshop, another on fun photo products available, sessions and another on industry talk.  It will span a huge range and hopefully answer some of the questions I get a lot.  Also, some of the topics will be targeted to those very new to the industry, while others will delve into more advanced topic. Some weeks, you may be thinking ‘really?  um, everyone knows that.’  But when we started out, Photoshop was a foreign language so some people won’t know how to manipulate a photo’s midtones, RGB color channels, or know about certain keyboard short-cuts, copyright information, lens speed, camera care, plug-ins, camera functions, back-focus button, what camera accessories are available, ideas for prints (gifts, display, albums, ect.), opinions on products, how to handle a difficult session and the list goes on.   If you have questions you want answered or topics you want I would love to hear from you.  Just leave me a comment with the topic you want discussed or a question you need answers to.  I’ll try to get to all of them as time allows.  Thanks so much for checking this out!

Most of you know that direct ‘dodging and burning’ to your image is destructive to the pixels.  So to protect the integrity of your photo use a new layer to dodge and burn.

First, add a new layer – fill to 50% Gray and change the blending mode to ‘Soft Light’.

Using a soft brush, paint the areas you want to be darkened or lightened toggling between black and white.

Merge the two layers when your happy with the results and no pixels are harmed.

Final results!


by Kara

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TonyaJune 7, 2012 - 6:25 pm

LOVE your Shop Talk! Thank You for being so generous with your knowledge!!! If you ever have time I would love to know more about sharpening an image!

Teresa DavisMarch 9, 2012 - 8:50 am

I’m a huge fan of your work! So inspiring and beautiful! I’m really excited about this series and look forward to everything you post. Thanks for the dodging and burning tip. I would also like to know more about creating a creamy skin tone. Any tips and advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing!

LindaFebruary 29, 2012 - 8:41 pm

Thanks so much for sharing this, it is so simple but such a big help. They say it is the little things that matters and that is the case with this little sliver of knowledge you have bestowed upon us.

AnnetteFebruary 10, 2012 - 9:24 am

I love this! I made it an action that I know I’m gonna use all the time now!

YvonneJanuary 23, 2012 - 12:43 pm

Great advice! Can’t wait to read more as the year goes on.

Krista QueeneyJanuary 19, 2012 - 7:51 am

Hi Kara,
I found your blog a few months ago and have become a fan! I’ve been finally learning Photoshop in depth over the past year and psyched to see your post! I will follow your blog and excited to learn from you!

Misty GJanuary 16, 2012 - 9:25 pm

I’m going to be glued to this series Kara. Thank you!

Sandy KeysJanuary 16, 2012 - 10:04 am

My biggest problem is getting creamy skin tones. They always seem to be too orange/red. I don’t want my subject to look white, but do want their skin to look creamy. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Been a fan for years! :)

RachelJanuary 15, 2012 - 7:21 pm

Thank you so much for sharing! I would love some advice for guiding clients to not wait until the last minute their proofing gallery is up to order their products. I have two full-time jobs, so for me, it is very difficult to sit down with them in order for them to make their selections. Thank you for your inspiration!

Melissa RoweJanuary 14, 2012 - 9:39 am

I’m a huge fan and I’m so excited about this series! There are so many more things I need to learn about this business. I’m excited to see everything you post. Thank you for sharing!!

Stacy McMahonJanuary 13, 2012 - 9:31 pm

So inspiring. I can tell I’m going to love your series.

Brittany Stucki - Framed PhotographyJanuary 13, 2012 - 7:34 pm

I do a lot of doge and burning — I actually never thought to use a gray layer. Thanks for the tip! Can’t wait to see more. Your work is beautiful! I never leave comments but I take a look often.

Tammy FlynnJanuary 13, 2012 - 6:47 pm

Love this photo shop talk blog of yours Kara. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience with us!

Becky LaurenJanuary 13, 2012 - 5:55 pm

I need this!!! I don’t have a website but have been taking pictures for hire for a little over 2 years. I would love to learn more about photoshop in general. I know how to use some things but it’s not easy. And tips would be greatly appreciated.

Jessica LJanuary 13, 2012 - 5:26 pm

You are awesome!!!! I can’t wait to stay on top of this and see what you post.

Haleigh RohnerJanuary 13, 2012 - 7:44 pm

Kara… you rock! You are such a generous soul! HUGS!

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