Just use a little bit of Photoshop!
Just like it was back in the nineties and early 00s. (laughs)
Well that was some time ago.
I would say my level of skill was just not where it is now. So I don’t really know what to do! I don’t have that same level of success today.
The thing with Photoshop now is that you can easily switch between different styles of work and the same people can do them over and over again… I mean, I wouldn’t do another portrait of myself, like for example, for another twenty years.
You have to really take your time. You really have to really learn! It’s just a pain in your ass.
Photoshop was a good tool to work with back when it was a newer thing. It’s good to understand how it works.
I’ll definitely get a new copy of Photoshop every few years, just so I can try different things, just to be able to experiment.
What kind of tools do you prefer for working with your models?
The last big software I used was Adobe Photoshop.
What does that name mean?
Photoshop. It’s a cool name!
I do prefer Photoshop to some of the other programs. I mean I do some really good things with the old version of Photoshop, but I always feel a need for something new!
So it’s Photoshop or Cintiq?
Cintiq, if you don’t know, it’s basically a point and shoot type of camera, which is what most of my shoots are, and it is the only program that actually prints really good.
The other thing I prefer to do, is I still like to make portraits on my own and make up a lot of the backgrounds if I want something that’s not the usual high contrast black and white. I’ve always used black and white and then put in a couple of things here and there that it will give it a unique look.
My studio actually has a lot of flatbeds and a large selection of film stock, so what you’ll see is not the norm for most of my models.
If I want something more abstract I will just make up shapes. I’ve been doing this my whole life and I like to think of my models as my personal artwork.
Now, when I’m creating portraits I almost always prefer to have the models with the light on