The Digital Photo Guy

Portrait Pro v10

by on May.08, 2012, under Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Workshops

Make Fast Work of Portrait Processing

Several weeks ago, I attended a portrait workshop with Clay Blackmore, a protege of Monte Zucker. The class was good but, like many classes taught by pros, filled with too much info in too little time. I don’t know about you but I like to think about what I’m doing to fully assimilate new techniques and ideas.

After the class, I learned a useful tip from Michael Jordan (no, not that MJ!) a talented Phoenix-based photographer. He recommended Portrait Professional for quickly processing dozens or hundreds of photos after an event. OnOne Software, a workshop sponsor, was supposed to send us a free copy of a portrait plug-in but they flaked out so I decided to try Portrait Professional.

  

This first photo of Martha took about 30 minutes because I played around with all the different controls and settings.

  

This second photo of Jocelyn took 3 minutes. It’s not perfect but I left the overly exaggerated nose and chin sculpting to make it easier to see what the program does. Had I wanted to improve that, it would have taken another minute or two. Also notice how the program smoothed her skin.

If you’re just doing 2-3 portraits at a time, it’s probably no big deal but if you want to process dozens or, even, hundreds of portraits at a time, Portrait Pro can get you out from behind the computer.

Ceiling Fans

If you’re in the market for a ceiling fan, don’t bother buying from Minka Aire. I bought one with a defective remote reversing module that is supposed to reverse the fan direction. Instead of simply sending me a $5 electronic module, the company wants me to uninstall the fan from the ceiling and ship it back to them for replacement. Obviously, this is how they avoid warranty expenses because how many people are willing to remove a 30 pound fan or pay someone to do so. Companies that think they’re pulling a fast one with onerous warranty conditions obviously haven’t heard about social media. I hope everyone who thinks these tactics stink will send their opinion to Minka Group, based in Corona, CA. Surprisingly, the fan was purchased from FanDiego, where the salesman promised they would stand by me in case anything was wrong with the fan. So much for promises.

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