January 2012

Recent Creations...
January 31, 2012

These are the latest photomanipulations from a recent shoot featuring Katelyn Cherwonick and make-up by Rebecca Mercer. The shoot was assisted by my friend Charles Plant and my son Eric.

The first image was shot in front of a crudely constructed – sorry Charlie… 😉 – 2×4 frame which was covered in black paper and placed in fron t of a traditional white paper background. the white was side lit by two strobes to help create the light wrap around the model. The wall texture and some basic retouching was added later in Photoshop.

The other two images were shot in the same studio with a simple paper background. The rain was added from a stock texture provided on DeviantArt by spoofdecature.

The last image was created as a montage of 7 separate photos each featuring a different hand position by Katelyn’s friend Alex, who was positioned behind the background. Once all the parts were stitched and blended, the background texture was built and the hair was painted by hand in Photoshop. Some final retouching and voila!

The first two images each received about 1-1/2 hours worth of editing and retouching, while the last image took a total of about 8 hours over two days.

I hope you enjoy the results.

Welcome to 2012!
January 30, 2012

1/09/2012 –

It’s been a couple of crazy weeks with coding and testing of our new portfolio section that will make it much easier for me to add new images and take out older ones. That means things should be a little more current around here. Sorry for that in the last little while. 😉

Watch for lots of new things in 2012 as well, including the new addition of the long overdue store section where you can purchase prints and wall art of my photos. This will continue to expand over the next few weeks and watch for monthly specials too!

Finally, I will be adding a tutorial section in the coming weeks to compliment the seminars I teach on PhotoShop and Lightroom which will include and enhanced blog to include photography discussions and topics.

So, thanks for hanging out here with me and all the best for the coming year!

Hello World!
January 29, 2012

Welcome to the new McCarthy Photographic blog! 🙂


This new interface will replace the rather old – and completely manual – news page at the site.

Part of the reasoning behind the update is to provide more timely updates on things like recent photo shoots, special promotions, etc.

The new format also supports feedback and comments so you can let us know what you think and even what you’d like to see.


So thanks for your patience while the new site is ironed out and the formatting bugs are banished…

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