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# Sunday, April 15, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012 8:14:54 PM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
For this month's Elevate project, I decided to show a little Photoshop work on a recent engagement shoot. The shoot was a LOT Of fun . . . . involving some antique airplanes, vintage suitcases and some wonderful period styling. My editing for both of these images closely followed this YouTube tutorial I did showing one of my fav action recipes (minus the sunflare, obviously, haha).

For this first image, the groom's adorable daughter joined in for some of the images. I loved her cute Shirley Temple outfit and she was great to act bored for a couple frames.  So here is the image SOOC:

And here is one of my final edits. I wanted to minimize the distracting background and straighten and center the image a little more.

With this second image, I shot this using an off-camera light. But I didn't want to bother lighting the plane too, so I exposed the background more for the airplane than for the sky. As a consequence, I lost some detail in my sky.

So with my edit, I did a manual merge of two exposures of the original RAW file to bring detail back into the sky.

There are many more images from this shoot that I'm dying to play with, haha, but this will have to do for now. To continue this circle, hop on over to
kamee june photography  orange county, ca and see what she's done this month!
Comments [9] | | # 
Monday, April 16, 2012 7:24:49 AM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
Well, these are very amazing as usual. You have such a distinct style, and I loved seeing the before and afters. What a fun shoot!
Monday, April 16, 2012 9:25:52 AM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
brilliant. that last one should be blown up WAY big!!
Monday, April 16, 2012 9:38:09 AM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
your processing is perfection!! Beautiful.
Monday, April 16, 2012 9:52:34 AM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
Nichole! SWOON… I absolutely adore these..can you say Casablanca? gorgeous...
Monday, April 16, 2012 11:03:45 AM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
oh how i love to see your before and after shots!! these are completely beautiful. the last one is such an incredible image!! you are just the master at the breathtaking sweeping image. love them. xo
Monday, April 16, 2012 9:48:31 PM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
Just beautiful as always. I love what you did with that sky. Stunning!
Monday, April 16, 2012 11:40:00 PM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
Your use of light, both natural and artificial, inspires!
There is such a great story telling element to these images! Interesting how post processing adds depth and character to the story! Much love to you and your work!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 11:42:04 PM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
Awesome Nichole. You always move me with your images.
Thursday, August 22, 2013 9:17:06 PM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
I dont think you lost any detail in that sky! I think you made it more dramatic. Awesome job!
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About Nichole

Nichole Van has repeatedly been labeled as a hot, new, up and coming photographer. As a Utah wedding photographer and a Utah portrait photographer, she specializes in turning everyday life into art. Nichole loves expressing the unique beauty of every client, creating artistic images that make people gasp when they see them.

As an international award-winning photographer, Nichole won the prestigious International 8x10 Portrait of the Year from Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) for 2007. Consequently, her international award winning photography was featured in Rangefinder Magazine in June 2008. She has also taken First, Second and Third place honors from WPPI in other international competitions for her child and family photography. Additionally, Nichole has received numerous Accolades of Excellence and currently holds an Accolade of Photographic Mastery from WPPI.

In addition to her love for photography, Nichole loves teaching and enjoyed being English faculty at Brigham Young University for nearly 10 years. As the best of both worlds, teaching photography to others is her passion. Nichole currently offers international photography workshops focusing on helping others enhance creativity and artistry in their photos. Combining her excellence in teaching with her photographic knowledge, Nichole’s Life as Art Workshops are quickly revamping industry standards for photographic workshops.

Nichole lives in southern Utah County with her husband and three children. You can see her work at

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