New member of the Le's family

New member of the Le's family. Baby boy born on Jan 7th 2010 at 13:03 Torrance time. These are taking with my Canon Rebel XSi and a nifty fifty.

DISCLAIMER: The video I’m linking to below by Joey L. includes some adult themes, and definitely a naughty word or two. Really naughty. I’m talking “Broncos coach Josh McDaniels on NFL Network style naughty words.” You’ve been warned–naughty-adulty-stuff (and beer) lie ahead:

Famous photographer Joey L has created a very cute video called “Nikon Girl” and if you’ve got a couple of minutes, it’ll put a smile on your face (plus, Joey L is actually a pretty decent rapper). Enjoy!

My beautiful wife and son

This picture taking at Fashion Island, California with my Canon rebel XSi and Tamron 28-75mm lens.
1/160 sec.
ISO 100
Focal length 45mm
Manual exposure

Big gun

Taking with my Canon XSi and Nifty Fifty. Shutter speed 1/640 Aperture F/3.5 ISO 200 Aperture priority Pattern Metering.

Water meter

Post process HDR in Black and white

Post process HDR in color


My toys

This is a picture of my toys: Canon XSi, EF 50mm F/1.8, Tamron AF28-75mm, Bower SFD926C, iPhone, Samsung phone the list still kind of short but I am trying to longer it.

Ha Long Bay

This picture taking with my first DSLR the Minolta DiMAGE A2 (Konica Minolta Camera) on a trip back to Viet Nam. I did not learn any thing about this first DSLR, it pretty much a point a shoot camera for me at a time.

New Passport

Using the LucisArt Plug-In for a Little Punch

Using the LucisArt Plug-In for a Little Punch

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Girls of Rocky Point

Girls of Rocky Point at Bella Sirena from Jesse Hoekstra on Vimeo.

Girls of Rocky Point at Las Palmas from Jesse Hoekstra on Vimeo.

Girls of Rocky Point aboard the Amelia Rose from Jesse Hoekstra on Vimeo.

Girls of Rocky Point Weekend from Jesse Hoekstra on Vimeo.

Rocky Point photography from Jesse Hoekstra on Vimeo.

Adjustment Brush in Photoshop CS4

Photoshop CS4 Retouching

Lighting Essentials

Photoshop Soft Light Layer Tutorial

Shaping the model with light

Night Photography Lighting Techniques

Photographs Wildlife

Shoots a Studio Portrait

Impressive Color Blending Technique

The first, you open the photo below:

Go to Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen to sharpen it.

Then go to Images > Adjustment > Level (or press Ctrl + L) and set options like this:

Duplicate layer and set blend mode to screen, opacity 39%. Go to Images > Adjustments > Color Balance, set options:

S: -62.+20.+47
M: +33.-17.+6
H: -9.+5.+27

Your result:

Create new layer, fill it with #faf2ca and change blend mode to screen, opacity 31%.

Continue to create a new layer, fill it with #bebebe. Blend mode color burn, opacity 31%.

You'll get this:

Press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E to create a new layer like the previous result . Set blend mode screen and opacity 38%.

Go to Images > Adjustment > Color Balance, set option:

You've get this:

Create a new layer and fill it with #0d004c, set blend mode to exclusion, opacity 54%.

Press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E again to have the layer with result that you've done before. Set its blend mode to soft light, opacity 50%.

Choose burn tool and set options like this:

Make some lighten areas to be darker (like cheek, hand, hair, etc.). I think you should fix her eyes too.

Ok, now duplicate the background image and put it on top, press Ctrl + Shift + U to make it be black & white. Set blend mode to soft light, opacity 47%.

Now you've got this:

The layers window at this time:

Add some brushes and text into your work to make it looks better.

Make Up Effect for the Face

Make Up Effect for the Face

Make Up Effect for the Face

In this Photoshop tutorial I will be walking you through the creating new make up for the face.

Open up the stock photo you’ve chosen to be working with for this tutorial. First of all we need to make face skin softer. For this effect duplicate layer with Ctrl+D and apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur with the next presets:

Make Up Effect Image 01

After that mess with the layer mode & opacity/fill. I tried Soft Light with opacity of 60%. Ok, now get out the Eraser Tool and make clear area out of face skin.

Make Up Effect Image 02

Merge two layers in one. See the difference:

Make Up Effect Image 03

After that I think we should add some lipstick on lips. So, select the Polygonal Lasso Tool and make selection as on picture below:

Make Up Effect Image 04

Press Ctrl+J to duplicate selected area and change the color with Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation using similar settings to these:

Make Up Effect Image 05

Now we have something like this:

Make Up Effect Image 06

To bring it real view find and get out the Eraser Tool and clear unnecessary parts of the layer out of lips. After that set opacity up to 70% for this layer.

Make Up Effect Image 07

Now I would like to change eyes color and add some eye shadows. Select the Elliptical Marquee Tool and make selection as below:

Make Up Effect Image 08

Press Ctrl+J to duplicate selected area on the new layer. Now Image > Adjustments > Levels with the next presets:

Make Up Effect Image 09

To get the next picture:

Make Up Effect Image 10

Ok, now select the Eraser Tool again and a soft round brush to make a little clean work as on picture below:

Make Up Effect Image 11

After that create a new layer, then select the Polygonal Lasso Tool and make selection similar to the picture below:

Make Up Effect Image 12

Fill the selection with color of #a2ab8d and press Ctrl+D to deselect chosen area:

Make Up Effect Image 13

Apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur with the next presets:

Make Up Effect Image 14

Make Up Effect Image 15

Change layer mode to Hue:

Make Up Effect Image 16

Looking pretty good! Isn’t it? And the last one thing, I would like to put on rouge. For this create a new layer, then get out the Brush Tool and a soft round brush and make not so big spots from the left and rights sides of the face using color of #ff94a8:

Make Up Effect Image 17

Now apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur with similar settings to these:

Make Up Effect Image 18

Your picture should look as mine:

Make Up Effect Image 19

Now clear rouge out of face borders using the Eraser Tool and set up layer mode to Color for the layer:

Make Up Effect Image 20

That is it! Now we have cool make up effect for the face.

Make Up Effect Image 21

Design a Stylish Fashion Advert

In this Photoshop tutorial we’ll be designing a simple but stylish fashion-themed advert. You know, so you can sell sunglasses and stuff ;)

Stylish Fashion Advert Photoshop Tutorial

1. Document Creation

Get started by finding a nice, suitable stock photo to work with. For this you’ll want to use one of the following websites:

I used a stock photo that I bought/downloaded for free (can’t remember exactly) from iStockPhoto a while ago.

Stock Photo Chosen

As you can see, I’ve chosen a photo of a pretty girl wearing big sunglasses (now the theme of the design). Open your photo in Photoshop and get to work by resizing it, copying it to a new document, or whatever you want to do with it.

2. Colourise

Create a new layer (layer > new > layer) then get out the Gradient Tool. Using the gradient tool, add a very bright radial gradient onto your new layer (like this):

Bright Radial Gradient Added

Try a few different layer modes and see which one looks best to you (I chose Screen):

Layer Mode Changed to Screen

You might also want to try a few different Solid Color fill layers, then mess with the settings for those, but this will be fine for now.

Please note that the colors that I used in the radial gradient were roughly #f743fb and #6909d1.

3. Shapes / Details

For this part of the tutorial you might want to hide the layer we previously made (the gradient layer). Start by getting out the Custom Shape Tool and finding the heart shape (or any other shape you think would look cool). Create a new layer and make a few white hearts on your canvas.

White Heart Shapes Added

As you can see in the above image, I also rotated a few of my heart shapes to make it look a little more interesting! Finish off with the hearts by adding a larger, pink-filled one in the background (behind your white shapes).

Larger Shape Added

I finished up by lowering the opacity for the larger heart shape layer, and erasing a few of the edges from the smaller heart shapes (see in the below image):

Heart Shapes Adjusted

Take note that this isn’t an exact science! Get creative here.

4. Halftone Effect

Now we want to add something really interesting on top of our hearts/shapes. Start by opening the Channels tab (window > channels) and creating a new channel (create a new channel by clicking the icon at the bottom of the palette). You might need/want to make a new layer before doing this channel business.

Add New Channel in Channels Palette

After you’ve made yourself a new channel, get out the brush tool, and using a large, soft brush, dob a few times onto your black canvas (making sure your new channel is selected).

Add Brushing to Custom Channel

Now to make an interesting effect out of these boring dobs — go to Filter > Pixelate > Color Halftone and use an appropriate setting (you’ll have to press OK and check if it’s good enough). Using 32 as your Max. Radius should be good enough.

Pixelate Color Halftone Filter Added

Now, holding ctrl down on your keyboard, click on the thumbnail for your new channel, this will select the pixels. Go back to your layers palette and select a new/blank layer. Fill your newly-made selection in the fresh layer with the very bright & colorful gradient that comes with Photoshop.

Colorful Gradient Added to Halftone Selection

To finish off with the halftone effect, you might want to erase the shape away a little bit, in case it’s hiding a bit of the face. Or you could go back to the channel and redo it so it’s a little more to your liking. Unhide your previously-hidden gradient layer and see how it’s looking now!

Unhide Screen Gradient Layer

5. Image Adjustments

It would probably have made more sense to do the image adjustments at the start of the tutorial, but now we know what our outcome is mostly going to look like, we can make some photo adjustments to our stock. The main thing I did was add a levels adjustment layer below our screen gradient layer (note: layer > new adjustment layer > levels).

Levels Adjustment Layer

You may also want to adjust the photo in a few other ways, for example, you could make her lips sparkle a little more? I don’t know! ;)

5. Add Text

This design wouldn’t be complete without some sort of text now, would it? Start by getting out the Horizontal Type Tool (just the regular text tool!) and write out some text, in this case I used two sets of text, one reading YOUR 2ND PAIR and the second set of text reading 50% OFF.

Decker Font Used for Text

The beautiful font which I’ve used above is called Decker, and you can download it completely for free at Urban Fonts. For all of the text I used Decker Regular, except for the word OFF, which I used Decker Bold on. After you’re all done with the text settings, position it accordingly.

Text Positioned Lower Right

I’m not actually sure where would be the best place for this text. If you find your text doesn’t fit, you could always make it smaller and add a Drop Shadow to make it stand out a little more.

Additional Effects

Basically now you should get creative and throw whatever you’ve got onto the canvas, such as patterns, maybe textures, other stock photos, something to go with the theme you’re working with. One thing that I thought was a good idea was to add a scan line pattern into the corner and make it blend in nicely using the layer modes.

Just remember though, you can download the complete PSD file from this tutorial, so if there was something you need help with or want to check out, please feel free to download the PSD file. Another thing to do after you’re all done is change the colors used in your Screen gradient layer, you might come up with a surprisingly nice result!

Stylish Fashion Advert Photoshop Tutorial

Mission Accomplished

Well, we’re done for the tutorial! I hope you enjoyed it, even just a little bit. Now you’re equipped with the knowledge of designing a nice, fashion-themed advert, and the possibility of selling sunglasses will haunt you for the rest of your days :)