Happy New Year

I everyone, Happy New Year!
I know I haven’t been blogging for over a year now, and I know its not cool!

Too be fair, I have been very busy, which is great, but even busy, I have been helping others!

So this year I am focused on helping others but not only in private, I will be posting a lot more here on the blog, and also posting more tutorials on my YouTube Channel.

I started working on my channel and already posted 2 tutorials this year.

Looking forward to hear your feedback and if you need some Photoshop/Lightroom tutorials, please let me know.
Best wishes to all,
Miguel

Challenge Campos Photoshop Workshop

Hi.
A couple of months ago I was challenged, and as I love a really good challenge I couldn’t refuse, but I’ll explain.Untitled_HDR2
The challenge was that attendees to my workshop would bring their own raw files and I would process them according to what I could visualize as a final result, well, it may not be much of a challenge, but I had to leave the room, where the images for mr to work were being selected, so the first time I actually saw the images was when I opened the folders, and to top all of that I had images that I had to process in 20 minutes, other images in 15 minutes and others in 10 minutes.
The point of this workshop was, so people would see how fast a Raw image can be processed and also see the advantages of shooting raw.
I went through the entire process and while processing I was explaining the tools I was using and I was answering questions at the end of every photo.

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It was a great day and I met “old” friends and made new ones, and at the end of the event I got a great feedback, which for me is very important.
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Thanks to everyone that attended, hope to see you soon

Miguel

Exploring a location

Hi everyone and Happy New Year.
This year I decided to challenge myself in a 365 project, but to make me think even harder I want to create a different theme every month, and this month I decided to do night(and a few sunsets) photography.
Sounds easy enough, but I have to think about different weather conditions, so if its raining its not great to go outside and take some photos, but I don’t give up that easily 🙂
I walk past this location many times and as you can see for yourself its not a special location…blog
At Spring at least there are a few leaves on the trees that could make a more pleasing image, however on Winter, its not the best location as you can see.
So on the 13th of January it was raining, and of course I didn’t want to “cheat”, so I went out anyway.
I had in mind this location as I could have my camera and tripod setup under a bridge, so I would be nice and dry, and so my camera equipment.I knew that there were some lights from the street on the left of the frame, also that some of the buildings on the background would have some light, so I knew that I could create a nice and pleasing image.
So as I shoot my night photos all brackets I started shooting, until…The weather got worse, but I was happy as I had enough shots to create the image I had in my mind.
And here is the final result
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So why am I telling you all of this?
Simple!
Sometimes you look at something and you don’t see the potential, so explore the location, try to visualize the opportunity of creating a nice image, even at locations that may look vulgar, you can get great results.

I hope that with this Blog post I can inspire you to look for opportunities, even if it doesn’t look like it  at first.

I also include this tutorial on how I processed the images

Have fun and Happy Shooting

Miguel

Macro Photography Tip

Hi everyone, first of all, I am sorry that I didn’t post for a while.
Before I start I would like to tell you that I am not the best Macro Photographer in the world, but I know the concept of macro photography, and hopefully this post will help you in  getting closer to your subject, therefore you will become a better macro photographer.
Now lets talk on how close you should shoot…
As you may be aware I see a lot of images online and I see people calling Macro images to images that were shot close to a small subject, so the purpose of this post is exactly to tell you how close you should shoot.
So I have a few examples to help you.
Bellow is a a few 5 pence coins and next to it my 50mm lens, so you can see the size of the coins compared to the lens.
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Well, in my opinion, even that I shot this image a bit close to my subjects, I still don’t consider this photo as a close up shot, so we need to get closer.
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As you can see I am in the right direction, as I am a bit closer, and as the coins are so small, maybe I will consider if I can call this image a Close up one, but its still just a vulgar image, with no interest at all, so lets get a bit closer.

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Wow, very cool, and now I hardly can tell that the coins are sitting in my kitchen worktop, and as I got closer I can see  more detail on the coins, therefore a more interesting image.
But can I call it “Macro”?
Of course not, as the coins don’t fill my camera’s sensor, so I call it a close up shot.
But why stop there?
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And here is another image, and as you can see I am closer.
So I am pleased that I am able to see the pattern I created with the coins, and I see more details too, but in my option,if I get closer I will get better results, so lets get closer.
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Now we are getting into Macro Photography, most people would be happy with this result, and maybe crop a bit the image to fill the frame.
But I am not “most people”, and I don’t want you to be like most people, that is why I created this post.
So lets see how close I can get.
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Getting closer…

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And here is the final image.
I got closer and closer until I achieved a more compelling image.

So from now on, think like me, when you think that you are closer, go even closer, and when you get to the stage that you think you are very, very close, go even closer.

I hope that this post will help you in any way.

Take care,

Miguel

Introduction to Portrait Retouching

Hi everyone.

Last Saturday I had my first Workshop for London Photographic Meetup and I must admit I was a bit nervous.

Not about the workshop itself, but how the attendees would react to the so called Introduction, as Photoshop is so complex and not knowing the attendees I didn’t know how much they knew about Photoshop and what each and every member of the group would consider “Introduction”.

But I must admit, I feel over the moon, I gave some business cards away so if they had any queries they could email me or even call me and half  an hour after the Workshop ended I got a text message and I quote:

“Thanks Miguel, you were brilliant, everyone got loads out of it including and specially me!Lets arrange the next one soon!”

Then I got 5 star rating out of 5 with some cool comments and I will quote:

“Very interesting afternoon, I do not know the software but thought that Miguel put over the basic tools very well and his enthusiasm was fantastic. As a Lightroom user the afternoon of photoshop gives me a dilemma .well done Alex and Miguel”

“Many thanks to Miguel for a great introduction as to what can be done in Photoshop.”

“Fantastic”

And as it wasn’t enough I got some emails about it, and of course I quote them:

“Hi Miguel
Sorry I didn’t have time to stay and thank you properly yesterday… but I had an appt that I was running late for and had to rush off.  But thanks again you demonstrated lots of great stuff and I know the members were really happy with the things they learned.”

Hi Miguel,
I hope you are well since yesterday, it was really nice meeting you and everyone else.
Thank you so much again for a fascinating course in the world of Photoshop!! Now I just need to practice 🙂
I’ve already checked the Photoshop Elements11 on Amazon and will get it next week.”

The last comment was about an attendee who didn’t have Photoshop but was very excited about it.

Overall, I had great fun!Everything went very well and I am looking forward for the next one.

Might I add that there are people who could not attend that want me to do another one!

Now I fell much better and as for the next Workshop….Bring it on as the Members of this meetup are the best!

And thanks to Alex  for the invitation.

I am done for now, but before that I am going to share the “teaser”.

Take care,

Miguel

Lightroom 5 Beta Crash at Startup

Hi everyone.

It has been an amazing week, lots of cool stuff was announced  by Adobe.

One of the coolest things announced by them was the Public Beta release of Lightroom 5.There are so many cool feautures, and the performance improved soooooo much!I love it!

But before I fell in love with it I had a problem, every time I tried to open Lightroom 5 it would crash.I wasn’t surprised at all as my Windows 8 machine still causes me lots of headaches in Photoshop, so I installed in my Windows 7 machine, and it worked first time.

After searching the internet and a few tips from good people from the Photoshop and Lightroom on Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/groups/pshopandlightroom/ ) I managed to make it working on my Windows 8 machine, so I had to do a tutorial on how to fix the problem.

The sound quality is not the best, so I am so sorry for that, but at least you will be able to try Lightroom 5 Beta.

To download go to http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom5/

Have a great and sunny Weekend .

Take care,

Miguel

EMERGEarts Magazine

Hi.

We are just a few days away from a new magazine to be launched, and you can  ome and celebrate the launch issue of EMERGEarts magazine. Come and network with photographers, fashion designers, hair and makeup artists, models and more!
Please see ad on timeline. Cover reveal at 7:30 and door prize for a $100 credit to fotofinesse edits will be held at 7:45. http://www.facebook.com/events/572000242823990/

But you wonder what is EMERGEarts…

EMERGEarts is a magazine that brings together all genres of arts that the photography community uses, such as hair, Makeup artists, props, jewelry, fashion, Photoshop tutorials and much more.

The first issue features Lindsay Adler, Brooke  Shaden and Frank Doorhof.Also included stories from a Las Vegas Fashion Designer, a Las Vegas EMERGING model and Photoshop Tips from a London Photoshop Guru and much more.

It will be an AWESOME magazine!
Did I mention I wrote a Photoshop article?Well, I did now 😉

This is the Website http://emergeartsmagazine.com/

Take care,

Miguel

Introduction to Portrait Retouching

Hi.

Today I have great news!
For a long time me and Alex the organizer of London Photographic Meetup http://www.meetup.com/londonphotos/ ) been organizing some Photoshop Workshops, but because there are a lot of people out there that either don’t know much about Photoshop or don’t feel comfortable with it, so I came up with Introduction to Portrait Retouching.

This workshop was created thinking about the many retouching techniques that Photoshop has to offer, but also thinking of those who don’t have the experience or confidence to use it.  This workshop is aimed at the beginner.

In this workshop you’ll learn to correct white balance, colour correct the image, add contrast, but why stop there?   We will also learn how to use remove blemishes, add detail to eyes, clarity, saturation versus vibrance, fix eyes and lips, contour the face, use creative sharpening, clone stamp tool versus healing brush, whiten teeth and more.

We will be using Photoshop CS6 and Camera Raw and I will show you that most of the techniques can be achieved in Photoshop Elements, so if there are any Photoshop Elements users you can come along as well.

It will be an awesome day and I am really excited about it 🙂

So if you are in London and want to join me book your seat sooner rather than later as seats are limited  ( http://www.meetup.com/londonphotos/events/111519612/ )

Take care,

Miguel

“Fake” a long exposure photo

Hi.

Fake is not a word I use a lot, however I think it’s perfect for what I am about to talk about.

So, you go out to take some photos near a river or even sea and you don’t have any filters so you can slow down the shutter speed of your camera, fair enough, you can close down to the maximum aperture of your lens, it helps a bit, but you don’t get the desired effect.

In this tutorial I show exactly how to cheat and create that effect in Photoshop, where there is some movement to water and I make it look smoother, just like I had a filter on my lens.

I hope you like it.

If you have any questions or queries, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Take care,

Miguel

Photoshop Workshops

Hi.

Today I have great news for you.

As from next month I will be giving in London some Photoshop Workshops.
I’ve been a part of the London Photographic Meetup group (http://www.meetup.com/londonphotos/) for a while and me and the organizer have been organizing some workshops.

Next month will be all about basic portrait retouching for beginners, but I will give more details at the end of the week.

Take care and see you soon,

Miguel