Re-post: Playing with Totally Rad Actions—Portraits of Lauren

1 02 2012

Originally posted March 3, 2010

Using an image I shot of my niece, Lauren, I have applied nine of my favorite Totally Rad Actions from photographer Doug Boutwell—just to show you some of the effects you can achieve with portraits. I love his action names, too—Prettytizer, Cool as a Cucumber, Not-So-Magic Glasses, Rusty Cage, SX-70…

The first photo in the series is a “normal” shot (with minor retouching, but no action applied). Some of the actions were used at 100% strength; some were dialed back to about 60-75% strength (particularly in the case of Technicolor Dream World, Grunge Rock and Pross Crossessed #1). I just love these Photoshop actions—they’re well worth the investment if you want to take some of your photos to another level with very little effort. And no, I don’t get a kickback from endorsing Doug’s store—I just love to share a great product when I find one! I don’t use them in my garden and nature photographs, but they’re great used occasionally with landscapes, portraits and architecture—and when you want to add an artistic effect to a dull “record” shot.

Go play on his site here and try out his “recipes” for cool effects. Now I’m thinking I might have to add his “TRA 2—The Revenge” to my arsenal. When I ordered my actions and had a little problem completing the download, Doug was very quick to respond personally. Very nice guy with very nice products!

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Margot, b&w conversion

7 09 2010

Earlier this summer, I posted the color original of this portrait of a friend’s daughter. This one is on my top ten list of favorite portraits I’ve shot recently. When I shot film, I shot mostly Ilford b&w and loved the results I got with portrait shoots. I converted this image using b&w actions from a Totally Rad Actions set. Which image do you prefer—color or b&w—and why?

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Playing with Actions: Mission San José

3 03 2010

Next, I applied some of the Totally Rad Actions to an image I shot of Mission San José in San Antonio, Texas. Learn more about the mission and see more photos in my August 12, 2008 posting here.

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En pointe

12 05 2008

Early Sunday morning I photographed Alexa again, with the goal of getting a stellar cover image for the July/August issue of Hearing Loss Magazine. I first met Alexa this past December when I photographed her performing in The Nutcracker Ballet (https://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2007/12/01/beauty-and-grace/), presented by the Classical Ballet Theatre (http://www.cbanva.com/).

I did get a really great image for the cover, but it will be kept under wraps until its debut in early June. In the interim, I’ll share some of the other images I did this morning. I played around in Photoshop with these two still-life-type shots, using several of Doug Boutwell’s Totally Rad Action Mix actions to get this dreamy sepia effect. What a great way to make a nice photograph more special. I highly recommend these great actions! Check out his revised website here: http://www.gettotallyrad.com/

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