Gilmar Smith

Gilmar Smith

Gilmar Smith is a KelbyOne member, self-taught photographer, and Photoshop addict. Based in Orlando, Florida, she specializes in creative portraiture and Photoshop composites. In 2011, she discovered her passion for photography and has learned everything about lighting, posing, Photoshop, and photography with her self-portraiture. She has two beautiful children, who are often subjects in her stunning images. In her spare time, this supermom is a racecar lover, Disney freak, and social media junkie. Through the ups and downs of life, Gilmar has used her self-portraiture as an outlet to express herself.

Learn all about color! Join Gilmar Smith as she teaches you how to use color to evoke emotion, set the mood of a scene, bring together a composite, and so much more. Using Lightroom Classic and Photoshop, Gilmar provides a foundation in the elements of storytelling before demonstrating the wide variety of tools at your disposal for enhancing, tweaking, changing, and harmonizing color in your photographs.

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Learn all about color! Join Gilmar Smith as she teaches you how to use color to evoke emotion, set the mood of a scene, bring together a composite, and so much more. Using Lightroom Classic and Photoshop, Gilmar provides a foundation in the elements of storytelling before demonstrating the wide variety of tools at your disposal for enhancing, tweaking, changing, and harmonizing color in your photographs.

Creative Portraits at Home

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There’s no place like home! Join the KelbyOne crew as they drop in on the amazing Gilmar Smith to learn how to she produces the most creative portraits from the comfort of home. In this class Gilmar shares her favorite tips and tricks for making small spaces look their best, demonstrates how she uses colored lights for making the ordinary look extraordinary, puts her family to work in front of the camera in a series of fun photo shoots in different rooms, and then walks through her post processing workflow to bring her concepts to life. You’ll learn how to conduct a creative portrait shoot without even setting foot outside your door, and while making the most of the gear and space that you have.

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There’s no place like home! Join the KelbyOne crew as they drop in on the amazing Gilmar Smith to learn how to she produces the most creative portraits from the comfort of home. In this class Gilmar shares her favorite tips and tricks for making small spaces look their best, demonstrates how she uses colored lights for making the ordinary look extraordinary, puts her family to work in front of the camera in a series of fun photo shoots in different rooms, and then walks through her post processing workflow to bring her concepts to life. You’ll learn how to conduct a creative portrait shoot without even setting foot outside your door, and while making the most of the gear and space that you have.

What the F Key!

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Did you know there are a lot of Fs you can use to speed up your workflow in Photoshop? The Fs I’m talking about are the Function keys that reside on the top row of your keyboard. These shortcuts are often overlooked, but if you want to maximize your Photoshop experience, make sure to memorize these few shortcuts!  Note: If you’re using a Mac, you’ll need to press-and-hold the Fn key before pressing any of the Function keys to override the default macOS functions assigned to these keys. If you’d like to reverse the behavior of the Function keys on the Mac, click on the Apple icon at the t...

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Did you know there are a lot of Fs you can use to speed up your workflow in Photoshop? The Fs I’m talking about are the Function keys that reside on the top row of your keyboard. These shortcuts are often overlooked, but if you want to maximize your Photoshop experience, make sure to memorize these few shortcuts!  Note: If you’re using a Mac, you’ll need to press-and-hold the Fn key before pressing any of the Function keys to override the default macOS functions assigned to these keys. If you’d like to reverse the behavior of the Function keys on the Mac, click on the Apple icon at the t...

Curves are one of the most powerful and versatile tools in Photoshop. They control the light and dark pixels of an image, and they’re usually used to add contrast, control luminosity, color grade, adjust colors and tones, and even as a way to match and blend two images. They can also be used as a visual aid when retouching images. Retouchers often use “solar” and “negative” curves to spot imperfections missed by the human eye.  You can use Curves in three different ways: directly as an adjustment on a layer; as a nondestructive smart filter on a smart object; or as an adjustment layer. I...

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Curves are one of the most powerful and versatile tools in Photoshop. They control the light and dark pixels of an image, and they’re usually used to add contrast, control luminosity, color grade, adjust colors and tones, and even as a way to match and blend two images. They can also be used as a visual aid when retouching images. Retouchers often use “solar” and “negative” curves to spot imperfections missed by the human eye.  You can use Curves in three different ways: directly as an adjustment on a layer; as a nondestructive smart filter on a smart object; or as an adjustment layer. I...

I find my deepest sense of inspiration by telling stories that are sparked by the many magical wonders of childhood. For my subjects and me, fun collaborations are where the magic begins. Children are the best creative directors in the world, and I love helping them bring their ideas to life through every stage of the process: from concept to photo shoot to the final image.  We should all allow ourselves to step out of reality from time to time and let the magic of imagination take over. My kids and I practice this at home regularly. We have an incredible creative bond, and our photo adv...

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I find my deepest sense of inspiration by telling stories that are sparked by the many magical wonders of childhood. For my subjects and me, fun collaborations are where the magic begins. Children are the best creative directors in the world, and I love helping them bring their ideas to life through every stage of the process: from concept to photo shoot to the final image.  We should all allow ourselves to step out of reality from time to time and let the magic of imagination take over. My kids and I practice this at home regularly. We have an incredible creative bond, and our photo adv...

We build our workflow based on the tools and techniques we use regularly, and many Photoshop shortcuts are less known and not routinely used. I assure you, however, these underdogs are worth a try and they’ll save you a little time! Shortcut #1: There’s no shame in asking for help, but before you leave Photoshop and run to YouTube or start Googling for stock images, make sure to check all the fantastic educational content and stock images that are available to you, right in front of your eyes, in the Photoshop Search menu. Just press Command-F (PC: Ctrl-F) to take you to the Photoshop...

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We build our workflow based on the tools and techniques we use regularly, and many Photoshop shortcuts are less known and not routinely used. I assure you, however, these underdogs are worth a try and they’ll save you a little time! Shortcut #1: There’s no shame in asking for help, but before you leave Photoshop and run to YouTube or start Googling for stock images, make sure to check all the fantastic educational content and stock images that are available to you, right in front of your eyes, in the Photoshop Search menu. Just press Command-F (PC: Ctrl-F) to take you to the Photoshop...

Liquify Filter Shortcuts

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Most of us know the Liquify filter (Filter>Liquify) for its magical plastic surgery powers; but the Liquify filter is more than just a tool to camouflage body insecurities. (Although, we’ve seen celebrities fail to use it correctly when posting their retouched pictures on social media.) It has a lot of different tools to rotate, pull, push, bloat, and pucker pixels in both 8- and 16-bit images.  Here’s a screen grab of all the tools you can find in the Liquify filter. Each of these tools can be modified in the Properties panel where you can change its brush Size, Density, Pressure, an...

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Most of us know the Liquify filter (Filter>Liquify) for its magical plastic surgery powers; but the Liquify filter is more than just a tool to camouflage body insecurities. (Although, we’ve seen celebrities fail to use it correctly when posting their retouched pictures on social media.) It has a lot of different tools to rotate, pull, push, bloat, and pucker pixels in both 8- and 16-bit images.  Here’s a screen grab of all the tools you can find in the Liquify filter. Each of these tools can be modified in the Properties panel where you can change its brush Size, Density, Pressure, an...

Welcome to the third installment of this Photoshop Composite series. In this part, I’ll show you different techniques and assets you can use to give your Photoshop composites the creative touches that will make your images stand out.  When putting together a Photoshop composite, always keep in mind the different elements that play in the story: the place, weather, atmosphere, movement, depth, light, etc. You can add all of these elements by using different brushes, textures, filters, colors, and light effects.  You can create your own textures, brushes, color grading filters, and acti...

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Welcome to the third installment of this Photoshop Composite series. In this part, I’ll show you different techniques and assets you can use to give your Photoshop composites the creative touches that will make your images stand out.  When putting together a Photoshop composite, always keep in mind the different elements that play in the story: the place, weather, atmosphere, movement, depth, light, etc. You can add all of these elements by using different brushes, textures, filters, colors, and light effects.  You can create your own textures, brushes, color grading filters, and acti...

Last issue, we talked about selections, layer masks, and perspective when it comes to building composites; this time, we’re going to dive a little deeper into different techniques, tricks, and shortcuts to make your next Photoshop composite epic. A big giveaway that images are Photoshop composites is when the elements lack depth and they look like a bunch images just stapled together. There’s a little trick that you can use to create depth when you’re adding elements to a composite. For the following shortcuts, I’ll be using the same pirate ship image I used in Part 1. Adding Depth ...

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Last issue, we talked about selections, layer masks, and perspective when it comes to building composites; this time, we’re going to dive a little deeper into different techniques, tricks, and shortcuts to make your next Photoshop composite epic. A big giveaway that images are Photoshop composites is when the elements lack depth and they look like a bunch images just stapled together. There’s a little trick that you can use to create depth when you’re adding elements to a composite. For the following shortcuts, I’ll be using the same pirate ship image I used in Part 1. Adding Depth ...

For some people, Photoshop compositing is a terrifying field, while for others it’s a magical place where imagination comes to play. Whether you’re looking to get started in Photoshop compositing or you’ve been doing it for a while, I’m going to give you some steps, tricks, and shortcuts to master this craft. So what comes first, the background or the subject? It really doesn’t matter. Sometimes a concept is born from a background image; sometimes the subject is shot first, and then we look for a stock image for the background; and sometimes all of the elements are shot purposely to crea...

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For some people, Photoshop compositing is a terrifying field, while for others it’s a magical place where imagination comes to play. Whether you’re looking to get started in Photoshop compositing or you’ve been doing it for a while, I’m going to give you some steps, tricks, and shortcuts to master this craft. So what comes first, the background or the subject? It really doesn’t matter. Sometimes a concept is born from a background image; sometimes the subject is shot first, and then we look for a stock image for the background; and sometimes all of the elements are shot purposely to crea...

More Retouching Shortcuts

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Retouching images can be very time-consuming. Some people love it; others dread it. Whether you enjoy it or not, I’m going to give you eight random and handy Photoshop shortcuts to take your retouching game to the next level. Shortcut #1: Selecting Brightness Levels to Adjust Values and Color Grade You can adjust the values of an image based on its brightness levels, and even color-grade it by adding colors to the shadows, midtones, and highlights. To load a selection of the brighter pixels in an image, press Command-Option-2 (PC: Ctrl-Alt-2). This is the same as Command-clicking (PC:...

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Retouching images can be very time-consuming. Some people love it; others dread it. Whether you enjoy it or not, I’m going to give you eight random and handy Photoshop shortcuts to take your retouching game to the next level. Shortcut #1: Selecting Brightness Levels to Adjust Values and Color Grade You can adjust the values of an image based on its brightness levels, and even color-grade it by adding colors to the shadows, midtones, and highlights. To load a selection of the brighter pixels in an image, press Command-Option-2 (PC: Ctrl-Alt-2). This is the same as Command-clicking (PC:...

Beauty Retouching Shortcuts

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Beauty photography retouching is an art. Every photographer has a particular way of retouching their images, but there are a few series of steps you need to take to make sure you take an image to the next level. Everything starts with RAW file processing. I am a Lightroom user, but you can also use Adobe Camera Raw or Capture One. There, you can make basic adjustments such as exposure, white balance, cropping, contrast, lens corrections, and some local adjustments, before opening the image in Photoshop. In this installment of Shortcut City, I’m going to give you a list of shortcuts th...

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Beauty photography retouching is an art. Every photographer has a particular way of retouching their images, but there are a few series of steps you need to take to make sure you take an image to the next level. Everything starts with RAW file processing. I am a Lightroom user, but you can also use Adobe Camera Raw or Capture One. There, you can make basic adjustments such as exposure, white balance, cropping, contrast, lens corrections, and some local adjustments, before opening the image in Photoshop. In this installment of Shortcut City, I’m going to give you a list of shortcuts th...

Layers Panel Shortcuts

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The Layers panel in Photoshop is where we spend the most time when editing our images. Having a clean and organized workflow is critical. Properly labeling, color-coding, organizing layers in groups, and deleting unnecessary layers will save you lots of headaches and allow you to work more efficiently. In this installment, I’ll show you a few shortcuts that will optimize and speed up your workflow. Let’s start with the essential shortcuts. Shortcut #1: To create a new layer, press Command-Shift-N (PC: Ctrl-Shift-N). A dialog will appear where you can name and color code the layer in adva...

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The Layers panel in Photoshop is where we spend the most time when editing our images. Having a clean and organized workflow is critical. Properly labeling, color-coding, organizing layers in groups, and deleting unnecessary layers will save you lots of headaches and allow you to work more efficiently. In this installment, I’ll show you a few shortcuts that will optimize and speed up your workflow. Let’s start with the essential shortcuts. Shortcut #1: To create a new layer, press Command-Shift-N (PC: Ctrl-Shift-N). A dialog will appear where you can name and color code the layer in adva...

Have you ever thought that you’d broken Photoshop only to realize that the fix was a simple keyboard shortcut? In this article, I’ll give you 11 shortcuts that will prevent you from cursing, damaging your gear, or hating on Photoshop. Shortcut #1: “My cursor is stuck on the Hand tool.” This just means that Photoshop is waving at you (just kidding!). If this happens to you, before going into a mad rage, press the Spacebar on your keyboard. That usually fixes the problem. Shortcut #2: “My Brush tool has disappeared; all I see is a crosshair instead of the brush preview. Photoshop is ...

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Have you ever thought that you’d broken Photoshop only to realize that the fix was a simple keyboard shortcut? In this article, I’ll give you 11 shortcuts that will prevent you from cursing, damaging your gear, or hating on Photoshop. Shortcut #1: “My cursor is stuck on the Hand tool.” This just means that Photoshop is waving at you (just kidding!). If this happens to you, before going into a mad rage, press the Spacebar on your keyboard. That usually fixes the problem. Shortcut #2: “My Brush tool has disappeared; all I see is a crosshair instead of the brush preview. Photoshop is ...

Adobe Camera Raw Shortcuts

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Hello, my fellow pixel punishers. Welcome back to “Shortcut City.” In this issue, I’m going to talk about one of the most useful tools in Photoshop, Camera Raw. I’m going to give you lots of useful shortcuts to improve and speed up your workflow to make you look like a total Camera Raw Wizard. Whether you use Camera Raw to process RAW images, or you use it as a Photoshop filter, here are some of my favorite and most handy shortcuts that I use in my daily workflow. Shortcut #1: If you’re using Camera Raw as a Photoshop filter, convert the layer into a smart object first so you can use the...

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Hello, my fellow pixel punishers. Welcome back to “Shortcut City.” In this issue, I’m going to talk about one of the most useful tools in Photoshop, Camera Raw. I’m going to give you lots of useful shortcuts to improve and speed up your workflow to make you look like a total Camera Raw Wizard. Whether you use Camera Raw to process RAW images, or you use it as a Photoshop filter, here are some of my favorite and most handy shortcuts that I use in my daily workflow. Shortcut #1: If you’re using Camera Raw as a Photoshop filter, convert the layer into a smart object first so you can use the...

Brush Tool Shortcuts

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Hello, my fellow pixel punishers! Welcome back to “Shortcut City.” This installment is all about my favorite tool in Photoshop: The Brush tool. The Brush tool is the most useful and versatile tool in Photoshop. It has unlimited options, and you can easily customize its behaviors. In this issue, I’m going to give you lots of Brush tool shortcuts that are not only going to blow your mind, but also speed up your workflow. Now, without any further ado, let’s get started. Shortcut #1: The keyboard shortcut for the Brush tool is B. Shortcut #2: With the Brush tool active, press D to set ...

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Hello, my fellow pixel punishers! Welcome back to “Shortcut City.” This installment is all about my favorite tool in Photoshop: The Brush tool. The Brush tool is the most useful and versatile tool in Photoshop. It has unlimited options, and you can easily customize its behaviors. In this issue, I’m going to give you lots of Brush tool shortcuts that are not only going to blow your mind, but also speed up your workflow. Now, without any further ado, let’s get started. Shortcut #1: The keyboard shortcut for the Brush tool is B. Shortcut #2: With the Brush tool active, press D to set ...

Clone Stamp Tool Shortcuts

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Hello, my fellow pixel punishers. Welcome back to “Shortcut City.” This time I’m going to tell you a few secrets about one of my favorite tools in Photoshop: the Clone Stamp tool. The Clone Stamp allows you to sample one area of an image and then paint to copy it to another area. It’s an excellent tool to get rid of imperfections and blemishes, as well as duplicate elements. The Clone Stamp tool can also be used across different documents in Photoshop by simply sampling from one document and cloning in the other. But before you ever use the Clone Stamp, be sure to add a new blank layer (...

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Hello, my fellow pixel punishers. Welcome back to “Shortcut City.” This time I’m going to tell you a few secrets about one of my favorite tools in Photoshop: the Clone Stamp tool. The Clone Stamp allows you to sample one area of an image and then paint to copy it to another area. It’s an excellent tool to get rid of imperfections and blemishes, as well as duplicate elements. The Clone Stamp tool can also be used across different documents in Photoshop by simply sampling from one document and cloning in the other. But before you ever use the Clone Stamp, be sure to add a new blank layer (...

Move Tool Shortcuts

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Hello, my fellow pixel punishers! Welcome back to “Shortcut City.” This installment is all about the Move tool, which is meant to be used for moving layer content, but did you know that you could also use it to transform, align, and resize layer content or groups? I’m sure you’ve used the Move tool a few times before, but let’s go in-depth into its functions. Shortcut #1: The shortcut for the Move tool is V. Shortcut #2: With the Move tool active, click on Auto-Select in the Options Bar. This allows you to move elements in your document without first having to click on their layers in...

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Hello, my fellow pixel punishers! Welcome back to “Shortcut City.” This installment is all about the Move tool, which is meant to be used for moving layer content, but did you know that you could also use it to transform, align, and resize layer content or groups? I’m sure you’ve used the Move tool a few times before, but let’s go in-depth into its functions. Shortcut #1: The shortcut for the Move tool is V. Shortcut #2: With the Move tool active, click on Auto-Select in the Options Bar. This allows you to move elements in your document without first having to click on their layers in...

Crop Tool Shortcuts

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Hello, my fellow pixel punishers. Welcome back to “Shortcut City.” This installment is all about the Crop tool, and I’m going to give you a few tips and tricks that will step up your cropping game. Cropping can give your images more impact, whether you’re cropping out an ugly tree, a distracting foreground, your ex from those beautiful vacation pictures, or your annoying drunk uncle out of the family portrait. Here are a few shortcuts that should make cropping a lot easier and more enjoyable. After reading this, I promise you’ll be cropping like a boss. Just make sure to turn off Delete ...

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Hello, my fellow pixel punishers. Welcome back to “Shortcut City.” This installment is all about the Crop tool, and I’m going to give you a few tips and tricks that will step up your cropping game. Cropping can give your images more impact, whether you’re cropping out an ugly tree, a distracting foreground, your ex from those beautiful vacation pictures, or your annoying drunk uncle out of the family portrait. Here are a few shortcuts that should make cropping a lot easier and more enjoyable. After reading this, I promise you’ll be cropping like a boss. Just make sure to turn off Delete ...

Pen Tool Shortcuts

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The Pen tool can be one of the most intimidating tools in Photoshop, but it’s also the most accurate and precise tool for making selections. I tried using it a couple of times when I first started using Photoshop only to give up because I thought it was too complicated. Then, one day, I made it a personal challenge to learn how to use it, and I never went back to using any other selection tool. You can do a lot with the Pen tool, from creating straight lines and curves to complex shapes. So, whether you already use it or not, I’m going to give you a few tips and tricks to make the Pen to...

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The Pen tool can be one of the most intimidating tools in Photoshop, but it’s also the most accurate and precise tool for making selections. I tried using it a couple of times when I first started using Photoshop only to give up because I thought it was too complicated. Then, one day, I made it a personal challenge to learn how to use it, and I never went back to using any other selection tool. You can do a lot with the Pen tool, from creating straight lines and curves to complex shapes. So, whether you already use it or not, I’m going to give you a few tips and tricks to make the Pen to...

Layer Mask Shortcuts

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Hello, my fellow pixel punishers. Welcome to my city! In this new column, I’m going to show you some shortcuts that will help you take your Photoshop workflow to the next level. In this first installment, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about layer masks. Layer masks are one of the most powerful features in Photoshop. They allow us to hide areas of an image and reveal others, all of this by working nondestructively by keeping all the pixels in the images intact. The most important thing to keep in mind when working with layers masks is: White=Visible Black=Invisible ...

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Hello, my fellow pixel punishers. Welcome to my city! In this new column, I’m going to show you some shortcuts that will help you take your Photoshop workflow to the next level. In this first installment, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about layer masks. Layer masks are one of the most powerful features in Photoshop. They allow us to hide areas of an image and reveal others, all of this by working nondestructively by keeping all the pixels in the images intact. The most important thing to keep in mind when working with layers masks is: White=Visible Black=Invisible ...

Soccer Zombie

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I may have told you this before, but October is my favorite month of the year. The weather is usually nice; it’s my birthday month; if you live in a place where you can experience the four seasons, the colors are usually at their peak; and most importantly, it’s Halloween! I absolutely love candy and costumes! I had a photo session recently with this little boy. He’s totally obsessed with soccer and zombies, and since my mission in this world is to make my little clients’ dreams come true, I turned him into a little soccer zombie! So, if you or your little ones are into zombies, I’m goin...

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I may have told you this before, but October is my favorite month of the year. The weather is usually nice; it’s my birthday month; if you live in a place where you can experience the four seasons, the colors are usually at their peak; and most importantly, it’s Halloween! I absolutely love candy and costumes! I had a photo session recently with this little boy. He’s totally obsessed with soccer and zombies, and since my mission in this world is to make my little clients’ dreams come true, I turned him into a little soccer zombie! So, if you or your little ones are into zombies, I’m goin...

Using Color to Create Impact

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Color is a powerful tool when creating imagery and storytelling. One of the best ways to learn about color is following the way it’s used in filmmaking. Before digital color grading became a thing, filmmakers used to meticulously design their sets, costumes, and lighting based on a color palette to evoke emotion and tell a story. It’s mind-blowing to learn how color is used to convey an idea, to make a character evolve during a film, to draw focus on a subject, or how color is usually associated with a specific character throughout a movie. Color really adds to the narrative of a film. Some ...

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Color is a powerful tool when creating imagery and storytelling. One of the best ways to learn about color is following the way it’s used in filmmaking. Before digital color grading became a thing, filmmakers used to meticulously design their sets, costumes, and lighting based on a color palette to evoke emotion and tell a story. It’s mind-blowing to learn how color is used to convey an idea, to make a character evolve during a film, to draw focus on a subject, or how color is usually associated with a specific character throughout a movie. Color really adds to the narrative of a film. Some ...

We all get lots of Christmas cards in the mail every year. Most of them, sadly, end up collecting dust on the counter. But what if you could create a fridge-worthy Christmas card that will have everybody talking about it for the next year? Forget about the forced emotionless pictures taken next to the Christmas tree. Gather your family and come up with fun ideas for this year’s card. Make this a new family tradition! You can portray the more chaotic part of your family dynamics, re-create a scene from your family’s favorite Christmas movie, give a new twist to a Christmas song, or captur...

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We all get lots of Christmas cards in the mail every year. Most of them, sadly, end up collecting dust on the counter. But what if you could create a fridge-worthy Christmas card that will have everybody talking about it for the next year? Forget about the forced emotionless pictures taken next to the Christmas tree. Gather your family and come up with fun ideas for this year’s card. Make this a new family tradition! You can portray the more chaotic part of your family dynamics, re-create a scene from your family’s favorite Christmas movie, give a new twist to a Christmas song, or captur...

My name is Gilmar Smith, and I’m addicted to self-portraiture. Self-portraits have been around for a very long time. “Portrait of a Man in a Turban,” painted by Jan van Eyck in 1433, is claimed to be the first self-portrait ever made. The first photographic portrait ever taken was a self-portrait taken in 1839 by Robert Cornelius, who was a photography enthusiast and a chemist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Artists such as Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Francisco Goya, Monet, Parmigianino, Gustave Courbet, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, Vivian Maie...

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My name is Gilmar Smith, and I’m addicted to self-portraiture. Self-portraits have been around for a very long time. “Portrait of a Man in a Turban,” painted by Jan van Eyck in 1433, is claimed to be the first self-portrait ever made. The first photographic portrait ever taken was a self-portrait taken in 1839 by Robert Cornelius, who was a photography enthusiast and a chemist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Artists such as Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Francisco Goya, Monet, Parmigianino, Gustave Courbet, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, Vivian Maie...

The two things that I get asked the most on social media is how I create the images I post of my kids and how I get them to collaborate with me on the shoot. I’m going to guide you through my personal process from the idea to the final image, including how I get my kids involved, how I let them tell their own stories, and what I do when things don’t go as planned. Coming Up with an Idea It’s kind of hard to explain how I come up with concepts for my shoots. It usually comes randomly, and I stop what I’m doing and write it down on my phone. Inspiration is everywhere. Just take a moment ...

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The two things that I get asked the most on social media is how I create the images I post of my kids and how I get them to collaborate with me on the shoot. I’m going to guide you through my personal process from the idea to the final image, including how I get my kids involved, how I let them tell their own stories, and what I do when things don’t go as planned. Coming Up with an Idea It’s kind of hard to explain how I come up with concepts for my shoots. It usually comes randomly, and I stop what I’m doing and write it down on my phone. Inspiration is everywhere. Just take a moment ...