Posts Tagged ‘pimp my picture’

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Engagement pictures for Megan Bourgeous and Drew White taken in various locations in Provo.

So this is part of the story of my jump into Photography as a career.

A big part of that was this couple.
I had no intentions to doing paid jobs.
I had bought the D70 with no intentions of making money.
Megan asked if I’d do their engagements… I looked at it as something fun to do.
If they didn’t turn out I told them (and we both understood) that a Real photographer could easily do them.

I can’t even remember which picture they originally chose on this shoot.
The photo shoot was in March of 2005 if I remember right.

Below was the result… above is picture i just re-edited yesterday. (A treat for the couple)

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Engagement pictures for Megan Bourgeous and Drew White taken in various locations in Provo.

(Above) – In fact this is better than the original edit… i think I edited the above one a year ago.
Would be interesting to see all 3 versions I’ve edited.
The first editing program i had 5 years ago was photoshop elements

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Engagement pictures for Megan Bourgeous and Drew White taken in various locations in Provo.EVENT DESCRIPTION: Engagement pictures for Megan Bourgeous and Drew White taken in various locations in Provo.

(ABOVE) – As you can see I’ve re-edited a bunch from the shoot.
Like i have my whole career I’ve always taken TONS of pictures.

THEN OTHERS CAME ALONG

Their wedding was 4 years ago. Wow how the time passes.

When other friends found out and saw what I had done for this couple they started to jump on the band wagon.
I had some natural ability, i was easy to get along with.
But probably the most exciting thing was that I cost almost nothing… haha
$300-400 i think was the first couple weddings. (I offered to do the wedding for this couple for free of course)
I stayed under $1000 for a while

EDITING

Looking back my way of interacting with the clients hasn’t changed too much.
I think it started off great since I took pictures of so many people I was very comfortable with first.
I was able to continue that for the years down the line. As I just learned to make the subjects my friends while I took the pictures… so i could goof off and have fun and connect with them.

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Engagement pictures for Megan Bourgeous and Drew White taken in various locations in Provo.

I don’t think I would have even considered the picture below years ago…
But the re-edited one above looks rather fun edited.

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Engagement pictures for Megan Bourgeous and Drew White taken in various locations in Provo.

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Engagement pictures for Megan Bourgeous and Drew White taken in various locations in Provo.EVENT DESCRIPTION: Engagement pictures for Megan Bourgeous and Drew White taken in various locations in Provo.

Looks almost as if I had just taken this picture.

I’m also glad I had a great looking couple to start off with… i think that made things easier.
I didn’t feel pressured to come up with tons of ideas. They knew it was my first time… they approached me!

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Engagement pictures for Megan Bourgeous and Drew White taken in various locations in Provo.EVENT DESCRIPTION: Engagement pictures for Megan Bourgeous and Drew White taken in various locations in Provo.

Dang JPGs are so much harder to edit… this took a while because on JPGs the colors are so closely connected… you can’t seem to edit the contrast and blacks without screwing up the colors.
I’m still not completely satisfied with the tones but am liking the trees in the background.

TO THE WHITE FAMILY

Megan if you’re reading this,  the originals of these new ones are online if you’d like to save them and have them.
Also I’ll be doing another Charity Shoot this fall… you’re invited… it’s on me!

OTHER OLD JOBS

I bet it would be interesting to go through and edit the pictures from my old jobs!
Probably a little fun…. but in the end I’m sure I don’t have the time.

There’s a business prospect in there somewhere… haha

WHAT DOES IT SAY

What should I think that many of the brides I’ve taken pictures of have actually turned to pursuing photography as a profession or at least a involved hobby.
I think it’s pretty fun.

MORE HISTORY

I hope to write a few more posts reviewing the past… i think it’s fun.
Was it helpful?
Any questions about the first couple jobs or that part of the history.
Many know the rest of the story of how I started getting into photography… I’ll get to that. When things around JarvieDigital start to slow down.

Email from a follower:
Hey Scott! Since we first talked last year I’ve been keeping up with your shoots and studying them to see what the difference is between yours and mine. Because your’s have a completely different look to them! And they’re totally awesome by the way!
Besides general style of shooting, I’ve realized it’s the color and feel to the picture. So I have a couple questions!
First of all, what camera(s) do you use? What lenses do you use most often?

Do you use Photoshop or Aperture? I’m looking into getting Aperture and wanted to know how it is compared to Photoshop but I don’t know anyone out here who uses Aperture on a regular basis. Also, do you shoot in RAW or jpeg?

One thing I loved about all your pictures is the super RICH color. What do you attribute that to? Is it your camera (beyond just correctly exposing the image in the first place), image format, what you do to it after, etc? 

Thanks Scott!
Jen

 

Scott Jarvie
I shoot in RAW which gives me the leniency in Lightroom to minimize shadows
I develop the picture with more contrast and usually aim for a generally brighter picture.
Believe it or not I usually don’t make changes to saturation controls.
When you up contrast it usually punches the colors anyway.

Mostly it’s the camera and the lenses and the way i shoot. Which is usually a low aperture like 2.8 or less and often with a thrown out background.

I have used everything from the d70 up to the d700
right now it’s the D700
Which means I’m able to go pretty high in ISO

So i already mentioned it but I use Lightroom
I teach it too.
But that’s hard when you’re living out of the state.
But the last one i did was recorded and perhaps I’ll put it online so more people can see.

But RAW definetly lets you pull out shadows and also a big part is it lets you up contrast without affecting the saturation too much.
Because on JPG you up contrast and I’ve seen that it messes with the saturation of the faces and stuff in a way I don’t like.
Plus JPGs have a pretty high contrast already… but it isn’t really a style of contrast I prefer.

Hope that helps to answer the questions a little bit.
I’m gonna throw this answer on my blog so more people can see and hopefully learn something knew.

Posted by scott at June 1, 2008

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NOTE: The PimpMyPicture project has been moved to it’s own Blog – Visit it Here

There have been many submissions but they will be at the other location

http://pimpmypicture.wordpress.com/

I’ve started a neat project where I take OK pictures and spend a minute and Pimp them = Make them better.

See First Edition Below

So go ahead and send a couple in and I might choose yours and edit it and send it back…
I’ll probably also do a post. To show how cool it was.

Whatever you want… including wedding stuff if you’re married and your uncle did your pictures or something. haha (Just make sure you’re allowed to let me edit the picture)

jarvie@jarviedigital.com

Enjoy…

Posted by scott at May 18, 2008

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This idea just recently came to me.

To “Pimp” in today’s slang can mean: “very good, excellent; COOL, AWESOME.”
http://onlineslangdictionary.com/

It’s kinda like the famed series Pimp My Ride… But Pictures.

Since I’ve edited so many tens of thousands of pictures
And I’ve gotten to the point where I can do several powerful developing edits in sometimes less than a minute.

I thought I’d start a series where I’ll take submissions from time to time and edit them quick like and give back to the submitter. Something fun and nice and to keep me on my toes.

I require that they be owned by the submitter and that the original photographer be OK with it.

I pick and choose who and how many and the time frame… basically it’s totally at my discretion.