Wednesday, August 27, 2008

What does a Tampa portrait photographer offer?

Every once in a while I meet that rare individual who simply cannot understand why anyone would pay a portrait photographer's price when they can go down to the mall and get 200 prints for a dollar (at least that's the way it seems). I've given up on trying to rationalize with these people because they tend to think of photography as simply a recording of someones image. These are the same people who couldn't understand what all the fuss was about with those new-fangled DVD thingys...

Besides the obvious advantage of superior talent, quality, attention and all around charm and good-looks (well, some of those are true) that I offer over the retail operations, you also get significant choices after the session. With the digital age upon us, it's no longer enough to be able to just take a good picture. You need to be able to manipulate it after-the-fact.

Yesterday, I had a portrait session with the lovely and charming Marissa. She was just wonderful the whole time and a natural in front of the camera. Here are a few shots from her session with different effects:

I call this the Colorblast Effect. It's deeply saturated with color and very vibrant.

Good old fashioned black and white. Some people think that converting a picture to black and white means simply clicking a button in Photoshop (or any other photo program). While that will get you a black and white image, it won't get you very good one. This particular shot has four different adjustments on it to make it stand out.

This effect is very popular with scrapbookers (my wife is a big scrapbooker). It's actually based on an old Japanese camera that never quite got the color saturation right. It also has some vignetting, which is the darkness you see around the edges.

Finally, there's good old fashioned standard (with a little vignette).

A good portrait photographer will be able to look at your images and recommend which direction to go when choosing custom effects.