Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New Photography Class - June 4, 11 & 18


By popular demand I have created an Intro/Intermediate Photography Class which starts this Saturday. This is a three class course (Jun 4th, 11th & 18th) in midtown Manhattan. Time is from 10:30am to 12pm.

In Class #1 we will focus on the philosophy of photography. Class #2 we will focus on the technical elements of photography. During our last class (#3) we will focus on the aesthetics of photography.

Total Investment for all three classes is $60.

Maximum class size is 12 people so reserve your seat now via email at josephdominickphotography@gmail.com or via FB.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Pimp My Portrait: May 2011 Selections


We did not get many submissions this month. Are people just afraid or not interested? I am not sure. In any event I have two portraits here that I pimped out. Check it out.

Nataisha from Bronx, NY

Nataisha is a good friend of mine and I love this photo. She is a beautiful thinker. So that is the direction I went with this portrait.

I always start off with adding contrast and saturation and some texture. Then I removed little hairs and smoothed out her skin a little. I started playing with the colors and had them really pop out but over time I did not think they did justice to the original photo. Eventually I settled with a more moody b&w.

The b&w helped remove the distracting background to help us focus more on Nataisha. It was important to add grain and darken the image to give it more of that melancholic look. Nataisha can be very contemplative so this final portrait captures both her beauty and her reflectiveness. I call it "A Beautiful Meditation".

Jenna from Florida

I wasn't sure what direction I would take this photo. Jenna with her friends on the beach already works. The original image did not have much detail so from the jump I knew I would play with some cross processing to give it more of a film look.

At first I enhanced the image quality and smoothed out their skin a little. Then I brought back some detail which was not there. Purple seemed to be the color that popped out most for me so I went in that direction.

I oversaturated the image right before I tacked on another frame to blend in with the black frame in the original. And that is how I came to this original pimped portrait.

These are the photos for the May 2011 "Pimp My Portrait".

Stay tuned for the next round of submissions at the end of June. Thanks for enjoying the blog.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Portrait: Pop Art Diva


Okay so your boy is jumping out the window with this one. This was not intentional but I somehow created a pop-art portrait while working on the latest pic of Jomaira a/k/a La Sensacion (from Radio Capicu). It is a total departure from how I would normally present a portrait but today it works for me.

What do you think?

Monday, May 23, 2011

Pimp My Portrait: May 2011 Submissions


Considering this is the last week of the month it is now time for “Pimp My Portrait”. Yes this fun little contest brings me great pleasure and also allows two special people to get really beautiful one-of-a-kind photos.

So for the next 70 hours I am accepting submissions of portraits YOU have taken. Out of all the selections received I will select two of them to "pimp" or "remix" in a fun/artistic way. I will post the before and after of the selected photos on my blog and on FB by noontime this Friday. Check here for last month's photos.

Here is the submission process. Email one portrait. Yes, email ONE portrait to josephdominickphotography@gmail.com. Submissions start right now and end on Thursday at 11:59am EST.

The portrait must have a person or persons included in it. This photo remix is not for landscapes, birds, cats, flower shots, etc. This is strictly portraiture of people. No nudity.

Sole discretion for selection of portraits belongs to Joseph Dominick. In light of the number of submissions, some great photos may not be selected. Please don't take it personal.

All people are encouraged to submit, regardless of your level of photographic skill. Please send your image in the highest quality jpg.

Upon completion of the portrait pimping, it will be emailed to the original photographer.

With email submission, please include your full name and what city/state or city/country you represent.

Thanks. And let the contest begin.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Portrait: Families by JDP


I love photographing portraits so it only seemed right to organize a composite of some family portraits.

After reviewing both in studio and on-location photos I decided on these eight photos. They definitely show a cross-section of my recent work.

If you want beautiful, professional family portraits you can reach me here on the blog, hit me up on FB, my website, or via my email (josephdominickphotography@gmail.com).

I look forward to serving you soon.

- J

Family Portraits

Portrait: Elaine Glover


It was wonderful to see Elaine as the opening act for Anthony Evans last month at Harvest Fields. She performed two of her original songs. If you have never heard Elaine sing before, this sister can sang.

Since I was familiar with the location these performance photos were fun and easy. The people at Harvest Fields always shows me love.

As I looked at the photo below in its original format I knew I just had to pimp it out. So here is Miss Elaine killing it on the mic. I call this one "She Can Sang".

Elaine Glover

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Second Album Cover


It has only been in recent months I realized how many photos of artists I have. The funny thing is I truly enjoy photographing them. Most of them are in the music business which is really cool.

As I previously posted (Musical Artist and Ya Tu Sabes), I had a great photo shoot with Eric E. Check out one of the photos from that shoot on his new single "Yo Le Alabare". The graphic designer did a great job with it.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Portrait: DJ Izzy Iz (#2)


Okay so I am working on stepping up my retouching skills. I really want to help make a differentiation from other artists with not only who and how I shoot, but with how I finish up the portrait.

That being said I added a couple of new measures to my recipe for this portrait of Izzy.

This one is called: "While Some Dream In Color, I Dream In Music".

DJ Izzy Iz

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Portrait: Shades of La Sensacion


I love taking portraits of people both outdoors and in the studio. One of the fun things in the studio is the ability to blast music and also control the setting of the lights.

Here is another portrait of Jomaira, aka La Sensacion. This is one of her picks which I love. The shades take this Hot pic to the next level.

La Sensacion