IMAGES 2015: CT Photography Competition

It’s time once again for Connecticut’s 34th photography competition. Artists’ Award Reception: Sunday, March 22, 3pm – 5pm (Awards presented at 4pm) All events take place at the Mill Gallery @ Guilford Art Center, 411 Church Street, Guilford, CT. This year I submitted 6 pieces, and 3 of them got in! Whoo hoo! Here’s a snapshot of the 6 pieces (One of the images, “A Bird in the Hand” got an honorable mention!). Thanks to my models: Rachel Connolly, Abigail Connolly, Marcelle Gosteli, and Paige Cascio. This annual, juried photography competition is open to all residents of Connecticut  and is …

Addicted to Coupon’s Portraits

This week I finished up my 8-week portrait class featuring, photographer, William Coupon. He started out in the Big Apple, shooting the punk scene, and ended up creating portraits of presidents and celebrities like Bush, Clinton, Miles, and Mick. Here’s a summary about Coupon from Wikipedia: William Coupon was born in New York City, but moved to Washington, D.C. and later to San Francisco. He attended Syracuse University and ultimately moved to New York City to begin his photographic career. He began in 1979 to photograph backdrop portraits of New York’s youth culture, to document its “New Wave/Punk” scene at …

My First Try at an Animated GIF

I already loved Photoshop before making this animated GIF, but now I REALLY, REALLY love it! The timeline in CC is very intuitive and makes it easy to keep layers organized. The only thing I had to Google, was how to “rotate” key frames in the timeline. Not just change their position, opacity or style. It turns out, that layer in question needs to be converted to a Smart Object first. Then the “transform” option magically appears in the key frame menu, and replaces the “position” option.  This seems a bit silly to me, and hopefully it’s something the PS …

The Little Bird Has Returned to the Nest

The young woman who left the nest last September to attend Cornell as a freshman has returned. Strong and proud. Rachel is an Engineering/Material Sciences major who aced all her classes while still managing to keep up her busy social life and blog. Now she’s back home, working at a local café, borrowing the car and having fun with old friends. Congrats, Rachel! This image is from a shoot we did a while back. As I did this one, I tried to pay attention to how I blend the hair (because most times I’m not really following a recipe, and …

“Between Two Rocks” Photoshop Tutorial

A 4-minute tutorial showing Photoshop compositing and masking techniques using the brush and pen tools, as well as how to composite flying hair using the Blend – Multiply settings. The “Hair” portion starts around 1:58. Model: Abigail Connolly Music by: KGB – “Call It a Night” Used with permission through Triple Scoop Music. Between 2 Rocks and a Hot Place -Photoshop Tutorial by Irene Liebler from Irene Liebler on Vimeo. Here’s the original image and the original blog post:    

Between Two Rocks and a Hot Place

I’ve had the phrase: “Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place” stuck in my head for a while, and had the idea to do this shot. Thanks to Abigail for posing, and for my friends Ralph and Alisha for the massive bonfire. We were at their house for Ralph’s 40th birthday party last weekend, and they had an enormous fire blazing just as I got there with my camera.

Dandelions on Fire!

So when your 15-year-old tells you that dandelions catch fire very easily, and shows you a cool picture on the internet, you have to try it for yourself, right?

Photoshop Tutorial: “One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure”

Photoshop Tutorial: “One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure” This shot was created in Photoshop and took about 5 hours. Here’s a 13-minute video showing the process, including false starts and lots of trial and error. Photo Illustration by Irene Liebler – “One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure” Project 52 Assignment 31: Here’s The Brief, by Don Giannatti: “An old saying that we don’t hear much anymore, but it always reminds us that some folks throw out what other folks love. I have found some amazingly cool things at flea markets and garage sales and such. Treasures? LOL, well …