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Softening Portrait using Lightroom.

Images is intended to illustrate a Skin Softening Technique only. Photo by: Jose Rojas

Some people struggle to find a way to make a portrait look soft. I found a nice trick to softening my portrait in Adobe lightroom. In lightroom Click on the brush tool, follow by going below and clicking on Exposure and go to the menu that says Soften skin and you will be ready to start working. Brush around the face areas that you want soft, while avoiding the eyes and lips of course. To view if you missed a spot click on the black dot and this will show like a mask of the areas brushed by you. Continue to do this until you are satisfy. Once your done you may want to consider the level of the Soft Skin Effect you like for this photo I used about 52% percent. But you can choose whatever you think is right.

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New York City Landscape

This Images was taken from Randall’s Island. A small Island on the east side of the city. It was taken on a fall afternoon of October 2010 by photographer Jose Rojas.

Using a Nikon D70s with a Sigma 18-200 zoom lens and retouch using Photoshop CS4. For more Information Go to the Photographers website@

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Lighting Portrait 101

Lighting portrait 101

To light a portrait a lot of us immediately think what type of light can i used and the simple answer is whatever is available. That’s all you need, because that’s what you have. Now don’t get me wrong with a chunk of cash you can get quality professional strobes that can run you over $5,000 on a basic kit and if your field demands that type
equipment get it, practice and wait for the bookings to come in. Now if you are like most of us that want to be there but can’t a simple kit will do. You can even improvise
and visit a hardware store, go online and use the web to find millions of how to sites.
remember one thing for all we know you might create the next invention. One suggestion don’t burn the house down. Now back to the topic of lighting. Use whatever you have have I remember doing and entire house party with no lighting at all and guest what I got some pretty good pictures. Of course many occasion you can do without. Show up to a magazine photo meeting and tell them you don’t use light, you will never find work in that town or any other town. If you wan to make and impression learn how to use lighting properly. I bet most people don’t know or don’t care what type of lighting you are going to use. Show with a camera flash and some customers will be happy with that. The bottom line is to practice don’t invest a lot, buy simple and grow from there and don’t forget practice, practice and more practice that’s how you will become better. LIGHTING SUGGESTION 101 COMING SOON. For more information visit


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This image was taken on a sunny day in Downtown Waterfront Yonkers, New York. Using a Nikon D700 with a Nikon 80-200 2.8 Tank lens. Which is a super sharp and super heavy lens very old but tack sharp.

The images was taken handheld. To view more images by this photographer visit: or via Email

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Hello world! Sharing My Tools, Tips.

Tools of the Trade

Jose Rojas is a freelance photographer base in New York. My tools of choice is a Nikon d700 with a 24-70 2.8 nano lens, 50 mm 1.4 prime, 80-200 2.8 super tank, some sigma glass. Such as the 18-200 and wide angle 20 mm 1.4. For printing I used Epson 2400. For video I use a Panasonic DVC 30. My photography and paintings have appear in several galleries. This blog is for helping customers and people enjoy some of my work. The opinion in this blog are my own and are not base on facts nor are intended to offend anyone. All the opinion are base on experience  and humor and should be use accordingly. Some have worked for me.