Custom Pictures of  Fort Pierce, Vero Beach, Port Saint Lucie and the Treasure Coast of Florida 
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Custom Photography: Fort Pierce, Vero Beach, Port St. Lucie and the Treasure Coast of Florida

Photography Workshop training with one on one hands on teaching.

Welcome residents of Fort Pierce, Vero Beach, Port St. Lucie and Beyond

  This site is different than any other Photographer's site that you will ever see. This is because this site is not designed for people looking to hire the services of a Photographer.  This site is designed for Photographers who want to expand the range of pictures that they can create. Instead of a specific course, I am offering a blending of several photography disciplines from taking the photograph(s) to crafting each picture using different Photography software packages to finally displaying your creations(web site, advanced slide shows, print, etc.) I offer a workshop that I call: Custom-Photo-Cation 

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 My workshops are different in that only one person takes the workshop at a time. All photography training classes start with one or more pictures that originate from a photo model session(model is an extra cost), a visit to one of the scenic areas in Fort Pierce, Vero Beach or Port St. Lucie, or some decent picture files(jpeg,tiff, photoshop) that you will bring with you. In the end, the ultimate objective is to produce a picture(s) that you can say, "Wow did I create that image.

  1. Classes are progressive in that a class may be based on something learned in a previous class.   
  2. What I teach is based on what the student needs to learn. This is something that we determine before the class begins. My job is to pick the topic areas in the classes you choose. Also if you indicate a certain type of picture you want to create I might suggest which course will best serve your needs. 
  3. When a student finishes my workshop he or she has produced a finished product. This could be anything from a single picture(s) you have crafted using several software programs to a slide or video show and even a basic website.  At the very least, I will help you craft a picture(s) that you can put a frame around and proudly display on your living room wall. In the end I want you to look at that picture and say "Wow I really nailed that picture." 

What can you do with some of the photo edited software programs I teach in my photography workshop classes? Click on the below pictures to see what is possible. The important thing to know is that all these software programs -  including the web-site software program all have online video training courses, and they are easy to learn. If they weren't you wouldn't be looking at this page. The main thing you can learn from me is how to tie it altogether to make interesting pictures. Which is the best image? Depends on what you want to accomplish with your image.

 This was the original picture I took of Aimee at a workshop. As you can see I included a lot crap in the picture.   Not my finest moment as a photographer. If the model wasn't super hot and didn't know how to strike up an interesting pose, I would have pushed the 'delete' button on this picture.   This is an example of how Portrait Professional can change the look of somone you are photographing. Yes, this model is pretty attractive. But I did make changes to her hair, lips and eyes and gave her a little more tan as a way of showing what is possible. 
   Finally with Perfect Photo Suite I have masked out the background and inserted a different background. I also put a rich glow on the image while adding a little more intensity to Aimee's features.( note: the next 6 pictures used this image as a base.)    This photo shows a different look with cropping and Perfect Photo Suite 'Blur'.
 Topaz 'Glow' and Alien Skin 'Impasto' filers were used in this picture. Less of these filters were used in the facial area.
 Topaz Simplicity 'Oil Painting Black and White 2' filter was used and the image was moved to On one perfect Photo suite to add a little hint of color on the face and more color on the right side.
 Same as above picture with the additon of Topaz extreme color blast. Notice more contrast and saturaton
 Topaz Glow 'Into the light' filter was used mostly to make the background, hair and Bathing suit top a little more surreal.
 Used Topaz extreme color blast and dark ghostly. In PPS I painted out around the eyes and set the blend to multiply. In effects the adjustment brush was set to 'magic eye fixer' so that the eyes would pop out.
 Used to many effects to explain is this small space. Not a great treatment but a good example of what you can do using several programs. 
   Need another alternative picture to the above picture. If you do how about Adobe Photoshop Elements. I used a filter called Sumi and set my blending mode to 100% with Luminence. Notice how the picture pops up her eyes and lips    A black-and-white picture with some color accent could be considered a gimmick. However, this technique can expand the ways you craft a picture. Perfect Photo Suite was used to blend color with black and white.




   I included this picture because I wanted to show more of the things you can do with the programs I will teach and the model in the picture is the same model used in the previous pictures. The background picture was taken at McKee Botanical Gardens in Vero Beach, Florida during their dinosaur show. The model was photographed, flash, during an indoor photo shoot. I used Corel Painter Essentials to craft her picture. The background picture was crafted with Perfect Photo Suite 7. I wanted to make the dino bigger, so I created a duplicate file of the background and used the mask feature to get rid of the background around the dino. Then I used the clone feature in Layers(same program) to clone out enough of the dino on the original file so when I combined the larger dino with the original background you would not see parts of the dino from the original file. Then I added the picture of the model and blended this picture with my background picture. Lastly, I used the effects feature giving  more contrast and add glow where I wanted glow. The best part of Perfect Photo Suite 7 is that you can add or decrease your effect to whatever degree you want to in whatever area within the picture you think needs changes. The last tweet I made was in Adode Photoshop Elements, ver 9. I used the Comic Book filer to increase the contrast and saturation a little more.

   The main point of this paragraph is that if you believe your picture ends at the point where you snap your picture, then you do not want to spend money on one of my workshops. I don't use these programs to compensate for mistakes I have made in taking my pictures. I just don't want limits on how I can create a picture.


Are you ready for a little Custom-Photo-Cation?   I call my workshops Photo-cations because there is more going on then a workshop. My Custom Photo-cations are more about having a good experience, reviving your creative jucies and looking at your craft a little differently. I live in the Fort Pierce area of Florida. I also live near Vero Beach and Port St. Lucie. All are interesting places to take good pictures, relax and enjoy yourself while hopefully learning some new things. My workshops are for beginners who may have heard about some of the software programs I will teach, but don't know about combining the various programs into an interesting picture, slide show or part of your website. I am a decent Photographer but not a great technical photographer, I only learn enough to take the kind of pictures I want to create. Please don't come to my workshops expecting me to be a famous expert at the courses I will teach. The idea is to expand your options and your creativity as a Photographer, and make you knowlegeable about the many ways you can create interesting pictures and of course have a good time... Hopefully you will check out my Fort Pierce, Vero Beach and Port St. Lucie pages on my main photography website to find out some of my ideas for having a good time.

 Explore the possibilities at a Photography Workshop


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