Category Archives: InFocus

InFocus is a collection of considerations that goes through the minds of professional photographers, before during and after clicking the button. InFocus is a collection of tip, tricks and dessication to help us all achieve that clear path to the ‘next level’ of professionalism.

Shooting Outside With A Beauty Dish

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Shooting with the Beauty Dish

Updates 02.27.2015 I’m asked all of the time how I get that beautiful “glow” in Photoshop, I wish… I haven’t figured that one out [...]

Inspiration vs Emulation

“The Importance of Finding Inspiration and Igniting Creativity” By Rick Trottier – RJT Images   One of the most commonly used and [...]

The Joys of Backlighting

The Joys of Backlighting Written by Rick Trottier Light suffuses and surrounds us, bestowing its beneficence upon us in warmth and radiant g [...]

The Clueless Photographer’s Guide to Makeup (Part One)

It’s a funny thing, the skill sets we acquire after a decade in the industry. When I first started photographing models, I had no ide [...]

The Physical Reality of Being a Model

Written by Rick Trottier – RJT Images While it is often that I denounce the state of modern life and culture, there are many things about [...]

The Blessings of Morning Light

“An Examination of the Advantages of Glamor Photography at Daybreak” By Rick Trottier, RJT Images. I always thought that debates over pe [...]

Why Model

“The Reasons Why Stepping into Modeling has Merit” Written by Rick Trottier – RJT Images Long ago, if you asked little girls who they [...]

Courage

A valued colleague once asked me what I thought the most prized skill or quality is that a model should have. I carefully considered his que [...]

The Workshop Experience

When I started offering and then teaching workshops, I always envisioned them to be small, intimate sessions where the focus was on photogra [...]

A Beautiful Professional Rapport

A Beautiful Professional Rapport by Rick Trottier As each year in the life of my photography passes, I am more keenly aware of what I have c [...]

What Is Pinup?

The Struggle with Defining an Iconic Genre of Imagery Written by Rick Trottier & Nicole Ferreira   It is often fascinating to liste [...]

The Beauty of Bokeh

Bokeh is something that makes photographs special and gives the photograph an extra bit of sizzle.  If you don’t know what bokeh is, [...]

It’s All About Style

A quick note:  The following discussion is how my thought processes effect my style.  It is up to each individual on how they approach the [...]

Fitness and Modeling

An Inescapable Relationship By Rick Trottier with Bre anne McGinness   Modeling and Baseball are so very much alike in so many ways.  [...]

Following the Light

  Philosophical and Practical Approaches to Using Light Sources By Rick Trottier   Light is the incontestably essential commodity [...]

The Reflection

Reflections can really add visual interest to your photography.  Whether it’s a beautiful landscape or model, reflections can add som [...]

How to hire a Model

Model – Photographer Etiquette “The Appropriate Dance of Communication” By Rick Trottier   When I was assigned this article, [...]

Jazzing It Up with Gels

So what exactly are gels?  Lighting gels or just gels are thin sheets of colored, translucent plastic, usually polycarbonate, that add colo [...]

Managing a Studio Shoot

By Rick Trottier Whether you own, rent, trade time for a studio or only shoot in the most commando-like settings, effectively managing your [...]

Lighting Trap

Defeating the Lighting Trap Maintaining Innovation and Creativity in The Studio Written By Rick Trottier – RJT Images Consistency provides [...]

What is Retouching? Part 2

As I mentioned in my prior post, retouching is a vast area and encompasses the smallest edit such as an image crop or resize to dramatic cha [...]

Lighting 101 – Part 3

In my articles Lighting 101 – Part 1 and Lighting 101 – Part 2, I discussed lighting techniques ranging from single light sou [...]

Lighting 101 – Part 2

This is part two of the three part series on Lighting 101.  Part one can be reviewed here Lighting 101 – Part 1 When you look at Remb [...]