Film Friday: My first Portraits and Photoshop

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Photography

When I first started using a camera, I captured people.  I literally dusted off my old portfolio this morning and opened it up…
There were several wedding prints as I was building my own Wedding Photography business, but several of the portraits reminded me how much I love to capture the beauty in people as much as I do in nature. Here is one of my cousin taken outside in the snow:

©Holli With An I Photography One of my favorite film portraits.

©Holli With An I Photography
One of my favorite film portraits.

And, then I found this one of my body building brother – I used it to make a advertisement for back to school supplies in my first Photoshop class (dare I say 13 years ago!). Now I need to find the final project. And, it’s time to brush up on my photoshop skills as I get to add more options to my photography business.

©Holli WIth An I Photography - one of my first photos for a photoshop class over 10 years ago!

©Holli WIth An I Photography – one of my first photos for a photoshop class over 10 years ago!

These photographs show his real muscles, and I photoshopped a sheet of lined paper behind him. So, basically, I learned photoshop back in the day before all of the “touch up” tools do face-lifts and body sculpting. As I learn the new Photoshop, I will still shoot in a documentary style, and use it sparingly to enhance an image or to create some digital art.

Now that you know a little bit more about my background, tell me what you think: Should I “up my game” and learn all of those “face-lifting” techniques or stay consistent with my current style and when I do use the magic of Photoshop, create something that is clearly digital art?