Shooting and Editing Portraits with Bubbles

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We’ve teamed up with Tamara Lackey to launch a new and fun video series – How to Photograph Everything. Each month we will post a new episode with new scenes that include shooting and editing in ON1 Photo RAW. In each video Tamara shows how to set up the shot, camera settings, and different things to try out. Tamara also chooses her favorite photo from the shoot and walks you through her editing process in ON1 Photo RAW 2018.

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In This Episode
We’re shooting a portrait with bubbles. In this scene we try two things; maximizing bokeh and extending the field of focus. Important things to note are the positioning of the lighting, the placement of your subject, and your shutter speed.

Jump in and start experimenting with your camera settings and make the necessary adjustments as you go. Once you have the shot follow along as Tamara edits her favorite photo using ON1 Photo RAW 2018.

Now try it yourself! Also for a limited time you can use code TLPMETAL20 and save 20% off your next print at Nations Photo Lab. Use #ON1Pics on Facebook or Instagram and we will feature your finished photo.

About Tamara Lackey
Tamara is a renowned professional photographer, speaker, author and program host. Her authentic photography, from children’s portraits to humanitarian photography, is praised within her industry and published internationally. She has published 8 books on photography and post-processing, regularly judges international print competitions and is a Nikon Ambassador, Profoto Legend of Light, a member of the Think Tank Pro Team, and the newest ON1 Guru. We’re also excited to have her teach us her skills in portrait and family photography this year in ON1 Plus!

19 comments on “Shooting and Editing Portraits with Bubbles”

  1. On February 15, 2018 at 3:23 pm Nathan Keudell wrote:

    Great video Tamara, I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to stand still for one second! ;-)

    1. On February 16, 2018 at 7:18 am Tamara Lackey replied:

      Hah – I’ll have to do a fast-moving tot one soon.
      They are definitely a breed of their own ;)

  2. On February 15, 2018 at 9:41 pm marc labro wrote:

    good idea to make this series ! very nice tuto

    i saw some b&w tamara presets on left panel. does Tamara sell ON1 presets ?

    kind regards

    1. On February 16, 2018 at 7:20 am Tamara Lackey replied:

      Hi, Marc – Thanks! I did create some presets for ON1 recently, many of my everyday edits. They’re called “Tamara Lackey’s Portrait Presets”.

  3. On February 16, 2018 at 1:16 am Charles Charalambous wrote:

    Congrats for a very nicely executed and presented video !
    The selection of the frame , imo , could be a different one , since in this one the left eye of the girl is partially covered by some of the bubbles.
    Minor .. but still had to be mentioned.
    I am using the ON1 suite , that I find great !!

    1. On February 16, 2018 at 12:11 pm Tamara Lackey replied:

      Thank you, Charles! I liked a lot of the different looks that were shot. Some were shot with a very shallow depth of field with the focus on the bubbles, some were shot as a clear portrait of the girl with bubbles around her and this final one, where the bubbles were behind and in front her (and she was surrounded by them) was the look I was going for when I started the shoot. Having her face partially slightly obscured by the bubbles is a big part of why I selected it. But art of any form is clearly rather subjective, so I do appreciate your take, as well :)

  4. On February 16, 2018 at 8:07 am keith simpson wrote:

    Very nice video and the series sounds good too. Any chance you could produce a video on how to use the portrait filter please? Thanks.

    1. On February 16, 2018 at 11:26 am Tamara Lackey replied:

      Thanks, Keith. With your request, do you mean in terms of filters on lenses when shooting portraits or filters when processing portraits in ON1?

  5. On February 25, 2018 at 5:54 pm Julie Wennberg wrote:

    Thank you! Great video packed with helpful info. I’d love to learn more about filling in light outdoors such as you use in this photo session. When outdoors, does using artificial light interfere with the white balance, etc. I’m looking forward to the next video in this series!

    1. On May 4, 2018 at 12:48 pm Tamara Lackey replied:

      Just saw this! Thank you :)
      When mixing lights, I just make sure everything is shot in a similar Kelvin range. When shooting outside, I am usually at roughly 5500-6000 Kelvin – or I just ensure I am using daylight-balanced lights when shooting outside or with window light. Hope that helps.

  6. On March 23, 2018 at 12:05 pm Barry Park wrote:

    You do a great Job of presenting your a joy to watch. It’s not just you technique but your ideas for the shoot as well.

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