Wow what a Month....July

Indeed it has been such a huge month, the Pixels Sisters Studio has kept me on my toes with our first two workshops happening very shortly, so exciting. 

I also won sixth place in the Light, Space and Time Art Competition overall comp and third in the Photography section, with my Helmeted Honeyeater.

I also won First Runner up in July Shift Art challenge

Secrets of last Summer

Secrets of last Summer

I have worked with some wonderful new models and talented HMUAs, as well as my old favorites. Don't forget to visit my IG and Facebook accounts to see what been happening.

I have an image in this Month's Photoshop Creative magazine as well as several more images in Fine Eye Magazine, Living the Photo Artistic Life and Artist Down Under. I have also run several very successful workshops from the Home Studio, but due to weather time and various other factors, we have not really been able to get out to explore and shoot much of the wondrous outdoors....even if it is the middle of Winter!

So much has been happening it's been a bit of whirlwind. Til next time...

Julz, xo

 

Introducing Pixel Sisters Studio

I have teamed up with Desley Pitcher to create Pixel Sisters Studio, we both share such a love of photography and creating beautiful images and we have both spent hours in the studio, creating images to evoke an emotional response, it seemed a natural fit to work together on this amazing project.

We have plans to run various workshops offering everything from gorgeous Still Life and Macro Photography to Social Media Planning and Conceptual Portraiture workshops. Moving all this to a larger studio environment to offer more places, but still keeping all groups small and intimate, for a very hands on learning session. 

We invite you to join us for a workshop where we will help you to focus on the details and create beautiful images. 

Portrait Perfection Software review

A little while ago I was approached by the wonderful people at Sleek Lens whom asked if I would like to try and review their Portrait Perfection Photoshop Actions Collection. Now I spend a great deal of time in Photoshop and I frequently use actions to as a tool to speed up my workflow, they do not stifle creativity and if used well, can really make an artist life so much easier.

For starters they have a couple of great tutorials on how to use the actions to the best effect here and here. They were easy to understand and follow along and gave great tips on using the actions.

So what do you get? 56 actions in total; base colour, base tones, colour correction and enhancement and retouching, love the Candy Store actions for quick and speedy face edits. Nice, simple and easy to work with, also completely editable, go ahead and play with opacity and brushes........the sky is the limit. As everything is done on a layer you can alter blend modes on some and of course change the opacity and fill. Each action usually comes with a pop with instructions or there is suggested opacity and such within the action name or layer name.

Even if you have never done retouching or frequency separation, these tutorials along with the built in tool can have you on the way to fabulous portraits.

Now there is also All in One Actions, which I played with but for my money I prefer to alter each image to my own taste as I go. Even with the Frequency Separation in Portrait Perfection I found there was no glow or halo (around the model) that seems to be present in some other actions, It handles that quite well. You can change the amount of blur you would like to use in the Low Frequency as well. There seems to not be anything for hair, I have asked,  hopefully they can point me in the right direction. Below is three before and after images, including a newborn which I have created a video for, visit my YouTube channel to view Part 1 & 2, as well as the actions I used.

Portrait Perfection Photoshop Actions Collection is available from sleeklens.com

The cost is a reasonable US$49.00 for 56 Actions set, they have various other action collections as well as Lightroom Presets as well. There is also some freebies, so check them out too. I was quite impressed, how the LR Presets compare I am not sure, and I must admit to doing quite a bit of my portraits in Lightroom. These Actions will make things quicker and easier in PS, once I am used to it all. I also recommend watching the videos a few times to get a feel for what the different actions do.

If nothing else the Portrait Retouch Actions are amazing I love how you can really make the eyes POP!, love love love the eyes.

P.S. In offering complete transparency I was not paid any money for this review, it is therefore unbiased. 

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Announcing an upcoming Gallery Exhibit

Wow! So exciting to announce an upcoming exhibit, featuring some of my digital art. I will have several new pieces on display and for sale framed and unframed limited edition prints. I will be at the Opening 27th January 2017 from 6:00 - 9:00pm, stop in and say Hi

 

The exhibition runs from 27th January to 9th February 2017..........I hope to see you there ~ Julie

The exhibition runs from 27th January to 9th February 2017..........I hope to see you there

~ Julie

Happy New Year 2017

Just like to wish everyone a Happy New Year, may 2017 bring you heath, joy and adventure.

 

Now Offering Paypal

So happy to announce that you can now use Paypal to make purchases through my website. Offering a faster, safer and more secure way to make payments online. Of course if you still wish to use you credit card you can do that as well. 

 

November Shift Art Challenge

The Night Watchers scored an Honourable Mention in November Shift Art Challenge, such an honour and among such wonderfully talented artist as well. Check out the winners and runner ups here

The Night Watchers

Living the Photo Artistic Life November 2016

Another fantastic issue of this magazine, featuring two of my Fine Art Nudes. Featured artist the amazing Nicole Wilde and her wonderful animals; check out the full issue .

 

Happy Halloween

Just  wishing all my friends a Happy, Scary and Safe Halloween

 

LIVING THE PHOTO ARTISTIC LIFE MAGAZINE - ISSUE 20 - October 2016

So lucky to have another two images featured in this month's issue of Living the Photo Artistic Life; Australia Gothic - which features one of my Dapper Rabbit Series (more on that later), as well as a new Project - Kaizen. This is a group of 500 dedicated artist working on Group Projects for various causes and ideals. Our first Project was Ride On a very worthwhile cause, more can be found in the magazine.

ArtBoja Online Gallery

Are you interested in seeing and perhaps buying some truly unique works of art? Visit ArtBoja.com and visit my page and many other wonderfully talented artists within their pages, the brillaint, whimscial, talented peices all some creative artists.........please vists my gallery and have a look around, pop in from time to time and see what's new. Artwork sales will be available soon.

Brand new Look website

To celebrate my brand new website, I am offering Freebies! Yes Freebies..........simply visit the freebie tab and download the Textures Sampler Pack, The Lightroom Preset Sampler Pack.........or both to use. 

Featured Artist in Living the Photo Artistic Life - August 2016

Great news, I have been honoured to be selected as the Featured Artist in the August issue of Living the Photo Artistic Life. Not only have I got the cover page, featured model Teena Moffat, I also have two double spreads, featured all new content. Check out this great edition online in digital format here, Print copies can also be ordered online.