How to navigate our web page

http://www.palmbayphoto.com

What happens after you land on our Home page

Go ahead and find the Sign UP link and click on it.

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Sign UP page

Sign UP and become our PBP Member. Our Membership is free.

Allow some processing time (no more then 1hr)

Then continue to Log in dialog box. Fill in User Name and Password and Log in.

Studio Page
Studio Page

When you Log in you then need to go to Upload page and Upload your image and describe the image’s editing needs. You can describe it in your own words or choose our preselected editing choices. (Editing choice 1, 2 or 3)

See samples here

Editing Choice 1 – Basic Editing (Crop/Composition, Contrast, Color, Sharpness)

Editing Choice 2 – Adjustment / Change of Background, Retouching

Editing Choice 3 – Creating a new image (Image Composite, Restoration, Complete makeover)

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My Photo Bin Page – in Studio

After you Upload your images, your Studio Page will look like this:

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Studio Page

Our editors at Palm Bay Photo Editing Studio will start working on your images and/or will communicate with you about the process as well.

Meanwhile you can enjoy some of our edited changes of many images viewing them at the Gallery.

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Gallery Page

You can also explore more on our Blog Page.

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Blog

  Or you can also visit our Patreon Page and Sign Up there for our PBP Membership. Easy to navigate with lots of offers for our Patrons and Members. You can support us there or also just join for free and have fun with like minded photo enthusiasts.  

Changing the ordinary candid shot into a piece of art
Samples of PBP work

You can also visit our You Tube Channel

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How to edit a photo as a Pro

Many candid photos can be edited to look very profesional. In fact you might even question who took the photo after the editing proces? Was it a profesional photographer?

The thought process is very important. This time we are aiming towards portrait photography

1. Composition or Crop

First you look at the picture and think of a crop or also known as composition. Is it aestheticaly pleasing, attention grabbing? Or is it more like…”to much information” sort of thing.

You are basically trying to improve the original composition. You kind of need to help the eye to focus. For that we have a perfect guide in the so called Rule of thirds. Your subjects don’t have to match the lines or intersecting points perfectly. They just have to be positioned close to the guide points or lines laid out by the rule. You can get an idea how to place your main subject based on the following image. But not to make it to technical. It kind of naturaly results in it once you practice editing. Your eyes will guide you.

These are useful techniques in the Design compositions in many fields, including Art, Painting, Architecture and other fields

BTW, did you know…

The technique emerged before the dawn of photography. Renaissance painters started using the rule of thirds when they realized that our eyes can easily stray from the center of an image. So, they implemented a way to make accommodations for our drifting eyes by purposely putting the main subject in the photo off-center.

Then, in 1797, John Thomas Smith declared the rule was the best way to compose paintings of rural scenery.  And you probably already know what happened next… We have a Rule of thirds.

Example of rule of thirds composition in photography
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Example of rule of thirds composition in photography
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Here is the applied rule of thirds on the image. You get the picture.

*don’t forget that every rule can be broken

2. Brightness and Contrast

Second is the look at the brightness and contrast.

We can adjust the Brightness/Contrast

A simple way to define contrast is to describe the difference between the white and black in an image. In an image, the contrast between white and black provides details of the lightest white and darkest blacks.

When you bring out the contrast in an image, you can enhance details that give it more depth. If you have a well lit image, there is a balance in the different tones. If that is not the case, then that is the time to use image editing software to retouch the image’s contrast. 

I usually start with brightness/contrast adjustment sliders. The similar quality of the images I then adjust in Exposure sliders.

3. Exposure adjustment

Many images need slightly higher Exposure slider, slightly negative Off-set and little higher Gamma Correction

4. Curves and Levels

Creating the famous S-shape curve on the graph (but careful – every photo is different)

Levels – bringing in the sliders for each color channel

The histogram gives an idea of whether your image is being underexposed (darker tones) or overexposed (lighter tones). It represents the image in the form of graphs. Poorly underexposed images will appear dull and flat, with shadows dominating highlights. You lose plenty of detail to the darks, while recovering any details from highlights will be difficult to accurately extract. An overblown image is an example of being overexposed, meaning the highlights dominate the shadows. 

Curves provide a better way to adjust tones compared to levels. You have more granular options available from the image’s entire tonal range. You can also choose the color channels to make more specific adjustments as needed. Editing contrast can truly bring out the beautiful details in an image using the adjustment features (i.e. levels and curves) found in editing software.

Then it is time to look at color correctness again.

5. Color adjustment

The time when I can adjust colors, changing tone, vibrance or saturation.

It can be done with Vibrance, Hue/Saturation or Color Balance sliders adjustment layers.

It is always good to adjust in that order and go with your eye, which will get trained with frequent practicing.

6. Time for some retouching Actions

If you are lucky or are already advanced enough to start playing with Actions it is good to purchase or maybe even find for free retouching Portraits Actions. They are basically pre recorded steps in Photoshop which you can just easily apply with using your brush and blending modes and layer masks in order to use what you need to enhance the portrait.

I highly recommend it, if your editing work is mainly in portraits.

Next steps are creative decisions based on your artistic viewpoints and editing goals. Basically it means they are optional.

7. Blurring Background

When I’m editing portraits I like to bring the subject up front to be easily found by any eye and therefore I ‘m usually putting the blur on the background. Even a slight blur can greatly enhance the photo’s main subject and bring it to LIFE!

I like to use Filter – Blur Field, which is very versatile and allows you to choose all different characteristics and amounts of blurring. It’s a great enhancement tool once you learn the usage and understand this specific very versatile tool in Photoshop.

8. Sharpening the image

Now is the time to look at the photo and consider sharpening, if it needs any. If it does, I usually use a High Pass Filter where you can adjust the threshold and then control the amount with an adjustment layer mask.

That is pretty much all. Once you learn the techniques, the steps and practice and practice and…you get the point. The editing process will become natural and you might even learn some other methods or even software. It will make your creativity expand and bring joy to once feared subjects !

 

Look at few samples bellow, notice how editing candid shots as a Pro can change the perspective of a viewer! Enjoy and have fun editing!

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Happy Father’s Day!

Fathers’ Day is a day of honoring fatherhood and paternal bonds, as well as the influence of fathers in society. In Catholic countries of Europe, it has been celebrated on March 19 as Saint Joseph’s Day since the Middle Ages. In America, Father’s Day was founded by Sonora Smart Dodd,[1][2][3] and celebrated on the third Sunday of June for the first time in 1910. It is held on various days in many parts of the world all throughout the year, often in the months of March, May and June.

 In recent years, retailers have adapted to the holiday by promoting greeting cards and gifts such as electronics and tools. Schools (if in session) and other children’s programs commonly have activities to make Father’s Day gifts

We are bringing you our own take on this special day in June!

Personal e cards and many more!

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And here are several samples of our Happy Father’s Day card to send!


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Easter

Well, it turns out Easter actually began as a pagan festival celebrating spring in the Northern Hemisphere, long before the advent of Christianity. … “In the first couple of centuries after Jesus’s life, feast days in the new Christian church were attached to old pagan festivals.

Bunnies, eggs, Easter gifts and fluffy, yellow chicks in gardening hats all stem from pagan roots. These tropes were incorporated into the celebration of Easter separately from the Christian tradition of honoring the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

The origin of the Easter Bunny – can be traced back to 13th-century, pre-Christian Germany, when people worshiped several gods and goddesses.

The Teutonic deity Eostra was the goddess of spring and fertility, and feasts were held in her honor on the Vernal Equinox. Her symbol was the rabbit because of the animal’s high reproduction rate.

Spring also symbolized new life and rebirth; eggs were an ancient symbol of fertility. Easter eggs also represent Jesus’s resurrection. However, this association came much later when Roman Catholicism became the dominant religion in Germany in the 15th century and merged with already ingrained pagan beliefs.

The first Easter Bunny legend was documented in the 1500s. By 1680, the first story about a rabbit laying eggs and hiding them in a garden was published. These legends were brought to the United States in the 1700s, when German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania Dutch country.

The tradition of making nests for the rabbit to lay its eggs in soon followed. Eventually, nests became decorated baskets and colorful eggs were swapped for candy, treats and other small gifts.

Another quite recent tradition should not be forgotten, sending cards to friends and family. Here are few samples of our own creations….







Some of our electronic Easter cards for personal use to send to family and friends.















Continue reading “Easter”

Valentine’s Day phenomenon

Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus and is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and love  in many regions of the world.

There are numerous martyrdom stories associated with various Valentines connected to February 14, including an account of the imprisonment of Saint Valentine of Rome for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians persecuted under the Roman Empire.

In 18th-century England, it grew into an occasion in which couples expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

Our own electronic Valentine’s Day cards are also emerging.

Enjoy!

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Valentine’s Sweeties

Portraits with Valentine’s  “stamp”

That is what we call them at PBP Studio!

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Christmas time

Christmas time is here again

time for family fun and friends

and plenty of pictures……..

Let’s create some personal holiday cards!

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Halloween Time

It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats. Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago, mostly in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. There are many traditions during the Hallowee time spreading all over the globe. One of them is sending electronic cards. Get inspired with our Halloween cards.
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Creating according to your wishes!

Now enjoy the originals!



Weddings

Wedding Photography is a special field of its own.

And the Industry is growing.

There are many  photography choices people have now for this special day in their lives.

However, there are a lot of us whose special day has already happened and we have many images which were just put aside or in a box and were never properly edited or spent time on because of our busy lives.

Here are some samples edited after several years of sort of “being lost” among other things.

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Black and White Images

Black and white photography is not fading away! In fact sometimes changing a photo into a black and white image can be a great upgrade.

Very rewarding and eye-pleasing!

It can uncover an awesome mood as well as style and new piece of art!

Create a beautiful portrait
Change the mood!
Improve the focus of the moment!
Christmas card
Gerbera in black and white
Brown tint can make a huge difference
Pet portrait
Bird portrait

Photobombs issue!

Whether it’s an unexpected animal or a person making a face, some photo bombs  are almost guaranteed to make you giggle.

Wikipedia describes  Photobombing as the act of purposely putting oneself into the view of a photograph, often in order to play a practical joke on the photographer or the subjects. Photo bombing has received significant coverage since 2009. Photobombs as a unintended subjects in the background have existed for much of the history of photography.

Photobombing has been known to get global exposure, mainly due to the  the abundance of snapshots by smartphone cameras and posted on the internet.  A number of websites include sections on them, or are entirely devoted to photobombs.

In 2014, “photobomb” was named Word of the Year by Collins English Dictionary.

Photobombing can be described as a person, intentionally or unintentionally appearing in a photograph of someone or something else and intentionally or unintentionally taking the focus and attention off of the intended subject.

What if we like the actual intended subject of the photo so much that we need to get rid of the photobomb?

Here are some samples of that exact situation.