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Apr 29 2018

Passport: JPN

By Mark Beresford | Comments 6

I took Louie’s US passport photo a few months ago. Last weekend I took a new one for his Japanese passport. He was able to sit up in his high chair for this one now that he’s nine months old. Before I had him lying down on a piece of white paper.

Of course, this isn’t his actual passport photo, but it was a more interesting one from the session.

I’ve got much faster at setting up to take photos with studio lighting. Most of the time my first photo has perfect exposure and lighting, as was true in this case. I did only use two lights for this because I wanted to keep it simple — one on Louie and one on the white background.

Most of my photos are now either of products or of Louie and/or Kaori. It’s because when you’re an amateur you photograph what’s around you. Professionals can plan and take time to create the photos they want. I mostly work and look after my family, so these are the things I take photos of. Unless you count “administrative photos” like this one I took yesterday. It’s of an antique mahogany cabinet I want to sell.

I’m still learning new things every week and feel that I’ve progressed a lot in the last year. This week, I learned how to make selections in Photoshop with the pen tool and then cut them out. I also learned how to dodge and burn in Photoshop. My Photoshop skills are quite basic and I want to change that this year.

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