Dragan Effect

The following photo is from a biker wedding I shot a couple of years ago and I’ve thought about applying my version of the Dragan Effect to this particular photo. My application of this effect, while somewhat similar to the original, uses adjustment layers to achieve the desired effect. This allows me to make non-permanent adjustments as I go along.

Lets face it, this effect is not really applicable to just any photo but when the right one comes along it just has to be done. If you’re interested, I do have a YouTube Tutorial of this technique. You’ll find the Tutorial in the right-hand column of this blog under Tutorials. Dragon Effect MC Biker Portrait


Maternity PhotosWhile I’ve done maternity sessions in the past, Jasmine had no problems with me sharing the photos on my blog or in my gallery.

All photos were shot in a studio setting using White-Lightning x1600 strobes. The camera was a 5D Mk III and all color calibration was done using an X-Rite color checker.

Once I had a known starting point (White Balance & Color Calibration) I adjusted the images to achieve the effect I was looking for in Photoshop. Yea, I also use Lightroom, however, you really can’t do any serious touch-ups in Lightroom.

To see the rest of the photos visit the gallery

The Seer

I had an idea for a shoot that I wanted to do, so with a little help from ebay (head piece and necklace) and a ceiling lamp fixture, I was ready to go. I enlisted the help of a model, Megan (aka Lysandra Midnight), who was more than eager to participate.   Gypsy Fortune teller with crystal ballDuring my last wedding shoot, my 580ex II bit the bullet. I would have sent it in for repair but I did some super glue repair and figured that CPS wouldn’t work on it. That being said, I bought a new Canon 600EX-RT as a replacement and used it to light up the globe and my model. I then added two White-Lightnings with grids on either side of her head to add a bit of light on the head-scarf and shoulders.

In post-processing I changed the white balance to add a bit of warmth. I added a moon shot I did a while back and masked around the model to allow the moon & clouds to come through. This is pretty much a “work in progress” as I’m sure I’ll create a few variants of this particular shot.