Archive | April, 2011

One of my favourite tools in Adobe Lightroom is the soften skin tool. Today we bring to you a post by German photographer Jennifer Henja. She also loves the soften skin tool and wrote a lovely post to explain how to use it.

Sometimes you have clients with very difficult skin. This often happens in portrait and baby photography. Lightroom offers a great an easy tool to soften the skin of your model without using Photoshop or any other program or plugin.

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Damon Pijlman

Last week I saw a gorgeous photo on Facebook. I left a reply for Damon to tell him how much I loved the photo. He then soon replied and told me that he edited the photo with the KIKI Adobe ightroom presets which he totally adores! I asked him to send us the details of how he created the photo. I’ve also included the before and after for you to see the difference.

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What you are about to read might be the most important aspect you need to understand about South African Copyright. Above all the technical jargon and hypothetical “what if” situations, this post will cover a fundamental principal in Copyright law that you as photographer need to understand. In the Part One or this series, we had […]

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Our first newsletter has just been sent out! As a celebration, we are giving away a very cool book – Fast Track Photographer: The Definitive New Approach to Successful Wedding Photography by Dane Sanders Below you can read more about the book: “If you’re looking for a technical book on how to take better photographs, […]

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I received an email from a photographer today that I thought might be a good topic to discuss and share about on KIKI. The photographer has been shooting weddings for some time now, but she still feels stressed. She asked my advise and wanted to know how I go about not stressing and enjoying a wedding :)

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While editing a wedding I came across some interesting things that might sound really basic, but I believe it’s worth sharing. When I started out as a photographer I was so worried about the background and my camera settings that I forgot to look at the light. After a few weddings I realized that light was the most important, not the pretty fountain or the pose, but the LIGHT was key!!

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Welcome to a series of posts that look at your business from a legal point of view. We have received various questions and have been involved in various discussions regarding copyright, contracts and the law. In this series of posts, we aim to provide practical, legally substantiated ( meaning it is not just an uninformed […]

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We are happy to announce the next Meet Ups to take place! The first Meet Up in Johannesburg wil take place on the 12th of April. We are very excited as there has been so much intrest and support from Johannesburg! The Meet Up will be facilitated by Colette Hurter and Marc Dreyden-Schofield. We met […]

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Making things simple and beautiful are two things I REALLY vote for.

Some time ago I googled how I can make my facebook URL more personal and simple. So I found this great tool that made that happen!

For example if people want to add me as a friend, they can go to www.facebook.com/cmeintjes or if I want to send them my facebook page, they can go to www.facebook.com/christinemeintjes

It looks so much better than www.facebook.com/url183987/christine-meintjes/47286287 don’t you think??

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I always shoot on AWB (Auto White Balance). The reason being, I’d rather have all my files on the same setting and then do the correction in Adobe Lightroom.

I’m sure all of you have had this problem…why are my pics so blue? Green or Red?? What’s up with those nasty colour casts on the pics? Well, you have to remember that everything in the space you are shooting affects the colour of the picture. Your eyes see the true colour, but the camera doesn’t.

For example: If you shoot in a space where the walls are orange, the pics will have a orange tint on the photos. If you shoot under a blue tent you’ll have a blue tint..

So what to do about it?? Well, that’s the beauty of shooting in RAW and doing your editing in Lightroom.

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Last month I was approached by Tristan Hall from Photo Comment Magazine to write a review on my Apple Iphone 4 camera. I am a huge Apple fan and I love my Iphone. But since I upgraded to the Iphone 4 I really love it’s camera too! It’s very simple, but has a 5 Mpixel camera, so the photos are actually print quality. And with all the amazing apps available for the Iphone, you’re definitely able to do some pretty amazing stuff with just your phone!

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