EBOOK—Portrait Photography Secrets

Portrait Photography as Art

Unlike most photography books, Portrait Photography Secrets
emphasizes photography as artistic story-telling and focuses on your
ability to see and to make artistic photographs instead of focusing on
photography as merely a collection of technical skills.

Special consideration is given to wedding photography.

  • Pages: 49
  • Author: Paul Jubenvill
  • First Edition, July 2017
  • Once purchased, download instructions will be emailed to you within 48 hours
  • Format: Adobe Acrobat PDF (suitable for desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and eReaders)



Today is take your kid to work day and I am with my dad. My dad is a computer programmer that works for Big Bear Tools and other people. My dad has taught me today the difference between a contractor and an employee. My dad has also taught me about how people search things and the server gives it to the client. My dad has also told me that when he is working on Big Bear Tool’s website he uses a different website for all the products so that he doesn’t screw things up on the actual website. Continue reading

Scammer / Fraud Alert

If you sell online, do not trust anyone with the email address banistyle_lembur94@yahoo.com or the mailing address:

8002 Cornwall Lane #100617
Tampa, Florida, 33615

Their IP address came from California, their phone number was from Texas, their address was from Florida, and they sent a modified Driver License from Oregon (“Oregon” changed to “Florida,” License number missing, name and address added, image data says “PhotoShop CS”.)


Make Ubuntu 12.04 run Faster by Getting Rid of Compiz

On the Ubuntu login screen, there is a little icon beside your name.

Click it, and select Ubuntu 2D instead of Ubuntu. This way, the “compiz” window manager (with shadows, etc.) will not load.

This might speed things up for you, because compiz sometimes takes quite a bit of memory and CPU compared to the 2D window manager… 🙂

Chroma Key Green (or Blue Screen) Setup

Updated: 23 January 2013

Here are some studio settings that work great for an indoor portrait of a subject against a green screen or a blue screen:

  • A: two slave flashes or monolights set to 12 W·s (or no more than 15 W·s) for lighting up the green screen
    • make sure these are diffused light (here, i bounced them off umbrellas)
    • set them at 45° to the green screen for even lighting
    • the screen should be less bright than the subject
    • make sure these light sources are not falling on the subject
  • B: white reflector to fill shadows in subject
  • C: camera on tripod, in Manual mode
    • “shutter speed” set to 1/250 s, or slower if your monolights require it
    • aperture set to f/4.5 (the fabric/muslin of the green screen should be blurred)
    • ISO set to 50
  • D: master flash or monolight attached to camera via sync/PC cable; light energy set to 50 W·s
    • this light simulates the primary light source (e.g., the sun) of the photo you’re going to use for the background
    • you need to move this light source up/down and left/right to get the right location (for proper shadows and reflections on subject)
    • you also need to match the hardness/softness of this light by moving it closer/father from the subject and/or modifying the umbrella or other diffuser — in this case i shot through a translucent white umbrella

Other Points:

  • Green light will bounce off B into subject’s face; if you have 4 lights, then use a fill light instead of reflector at B to solve this problem; I don’t have 4 lights, so my solution is in post-processing: in FxHome PhotoKey, I set “Spill Suppression” to Extended
  • Take a shot of a gray card so you can adjust white balance later (i recommend shooting in RAW mode)
  • If your subject’s feet are going to be in the final photo, be sure the green screen fabric/muslin is draped forward underneath his/her feet
  • Check your photo after you take it; zoom in using the LCD panel and make sure:
    • subject is in clear focus
    • green screen is out of focus
    • histogram looks good (no lost highlights or shadows)
    • green is less bright than the subject
    • shadows/reflections on subject match the background photo you’re going to use
    • lighting is even (and diffuse) across the green screen
  • For post-production, I recommend the PhotoKey software, which you can find at fxhome.com; you may decide to use PhotoKey first and then PhotoShop later; Here are some things I’ve learned about PhotoKey:
    • Matte view is very useful—turn it on and remember that your goal is to get rid of grey areas;
    • If there is green reflecting onto subject’s skin (see note above), then change the Spill Suppression settings
    • If the edge is weird, play with the Edge Color slider;
    • If green in the subject’s clothing is being removed:
      1. If easy, just use a Mask to ignore the area with green;
      2. Otherwise, slide Hue Balance to minimize the problem.

Arminian Insane Asylum

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Kids Needle-Felting and…

Carnal Christianity

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Isaiah 30

Reading through the book of Isaiah is painful. There’s much more about God’s judgment and justice than anything else, at least in the first half. Yet, in keeping with His merciful character, the text is sprinkled with passages of hope, passages of the Gospel in Christ.

I see that God is eager to be merciful to those who wait for Him. These passages give me strength and hope to keep going:

Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you,
and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
blessed are all those who wait for him.


For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. Then you will defile your carved idols overlaid with silver and your gold-plated metal images. You will scatter them as unclean things. You will say to them, “Be gone!”

Isaiah 30:18-22 (ESV)

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Father Seeks Stiffer Penalties For Dogs After Daughter Bitten

Father Seeks Stiffer Penalties For Dogs After Daughter Bitten: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/04/20/father-seeks-stiffer-penalties-for-dogs-after-daughter-bitten/