Tag Archives: Portraiture

Photographic Masters: George Hurrell

George Hurrell at Work


The “Grand Seigneur of the Hollywood Portrait”, George Hurrell defined the look of glamorous Hollywood during it’s golden age of the thirties and forties. A master of dramatic lighting, the Kentucky born photographer mastered the art of lighting and shooting beautiful people. He rapidly attained the position of Head of MGM’s Photography Department and shot every star contracted to the studio. From there he worked for Warner Brothers and eventually Columbia. His dramatic shots defined the look and character of Hollywood’s elite in that era. Continue reading »

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Episode 11 – High Contrast Portrait Photoshop Effect Tutorial

Final Product:

High Contrast Portrait Effect

Show Notes:

In this episode I show you how to create a grungy high contrast portrait effect in Photoshop CC/CS6. This technique is particularly useful when processing images for rock and roll shoots, or when taking pictures where showing the character and life experience is the aim. It will accentuate wrinkles and other flaws but bring out the character in the image. As always the file created and the files used to create this effect can be found below.

Files Used:

The RAW file (Canon .CR2) and .XMP sidecar file with corrections can be found here:

http://bit.ly/15YAdsx (22.5 Meg Zip File with CR2 and XMP file)

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