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Logics Fashion Show

When hairstylist and Logics Artistic Director Chrystofer Benson told me he would be styling a show with Rachael Domingo's custom designs I couldn't help but be intrigued.  Shot at the Radisson in downtown Salt Lake City.  When my assistant (Anna) and I arrived they took us to the suites they had booked for a possible shooting location, immediately I decided they wouldn't work at all.  They were big, beautiful rooms, but not quite anything close to what needed to be done. So, we went exploring.  We wandered all over the hotel, including in places I'm pretty certain we weren't supposed to be in......

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Enlightened Collection

Sometimes you just have to be part of something amazing. This happens to be one of those times... This series will be part of a 30+ image gallery show opening Friday June 4th, 2010 at THE HIVE gallery in Trolley Square, Salt Lake City, Utah.  7PM to 9PM - Open to the public! Art Director: Steven Robertson Hair: Steven Robertson and Janae Johnson Makeup: Paula Dahlberg Custom Wardrobe: Michelle Boucher Models: Katherine Franco, Michelle Smith, Macy Chapman, Ashle Hansey and Paris Gibson Photographer: Jake Garn Photography Assistant: Ryan Muirhead

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Druid Series

Sometimes you just need to be a part of creating something utterly amazing. This happens to be one of those times. This series will be part of a 30+ image gallery show opening Friday June 4th, 2010 at THE HIVE gallery in Trolley Square, Salt Lake City, Utah.  7PM to 9PM - Open to the public! Art Director: Janae Johnson Hair: Janae Johnson and Steven Robertson Makeup: Paula Dahlberg Models: Katherine Franco, Ashle Hansey, Ashley Spainhower Photographer & Digital Illustrations: Jake Garn

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Solution: Exercise in Photoshop Forensics

Thank you to everyone that shared their opinions on how I achieved the Spiraling Out effect in my first Exercise in Photoshop Forensics post.  I definitely think it was successful enough that I'll do another one in the future but for now let's get to the solution! Ofir Abe's description was correct in his guess about my technique, which was to process multiple iterations of one image (using Adobe Lightroom) and exporting each version to Photoshop where I exposed different parts of each image using layer masks.  Why do it in Lightroom rather than adjustment layers?  Well, it's a matter of bit depth...

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An Exercise in Photoshop Forensics

How was it done? You be the judge. EDITOR'S NOTE: The solution to this exercise was posted in a separate blog post, you can view it here if you'd like http://new.jakegarn.com/solution-exercise-in-photoshop-forensics/ I used a couple very simple techniques to create these images and rather than offer a post-processing tutorial I'm going to turn the challenge back onto you, my blog readers.  Sometimes the best way to learn your tools is to imagine how other photographers are using them, so in that spirit look at these images carefully and leave a comment describing the post processing techniques...

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Test Shoot: Lianna Michelle

The extraordinarily beautiful Lianna! I used the following equipment to make all these images. Camera: Canon 5D Mark II Lens: Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM Strobes: Elinchrom 600RX Monolights Light Modifers: Large Photoflex Softbox & Medium Photoflex Softbox (both with grids)

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Test Shoot: Nicole Bullard

Just a simple test shoot with the beautiful Nicole! I used the following equipment to make all these images. Camera: Canon 5D Mark II Lens: Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM Strobes: Elinchrom 600RX Monolights Light Modifers: Large Photoflex Softbox & Medium Photoflex Softbox (both with grids)

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Review: 2 Light Kit for Less than $400

Review: 2 Light Kit for Less than $400 About a month ago I received an email from B&H asking if I'd be interested in reviewing photo equipment on my blog, all I had to do was tell them what I wanted to review and they'd send it out. Well, I could have done the selfish thing and found something ultra expensive that I've been dying to use (for free) and asked for that, but then I remembered how many people ask me about what lighting equipment I'd recommend for someone that is just starting out, without a big budget.  My stupid bleeding heart got the best of me... so I requested to see some...

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Test Shoot – Isabella

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The Ingredients of Success?

10,000 Hours Awhile back I read a fantastic book called Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell. The author discusses the notion that to become great at anything it requires about 10,000 hours of dedicated work to achieve it.  This number rings true for everyone from Tiger Woods, to the Beatles, to Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Beethoven... superstardom requires a tremendous amount of work.  Work is only half the equation though... Where and when you were born also has an enormous impact on your ability to achieve that next level of success.  Did you know, for instance, that...

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