Inspired by Salmagundi’s New Member Art Show 2017

I feel very honored and humbled to have one of my photographic images in the New Member Art Show at the Salmagundi Club in New York City. The Club is such a treasure filled with amazing artwork, and even more amazing people. I was joined by my friend, Elise Paglino, who was the model in my image, “Uphill Battle”. Elise’s parents and brother also made the trip from CT. A big congratulations to my friend, Mark Battista, for also becoming a new member this year, and to all the winners of this year’s show!  

Red Devil

My kids are working behind the scenes in the lighting department in the high school play this year, and sometimes my daughter comes home with random colored gels that are otherwise destined for the dumpster. I decided to use the red gels that she rescued from the high school for this month’s Camera Club challenge: RED. As I was brainstorming, I had an idea to do a “devil” portrait – I remembered that we had devil horns up in the attic from an old Halloween costume… and a fog machine… My husband modeled for me again, and as we started …

Portrait Study: Peter Lindbergh (A “Ladies” Man)

This week’s portrait photographer is Peter Lindbergh. He’s known for his black and white, evocative, natural poses of women, with soft lighting, and aloof, uninterested expressions. His models often look like they’re just waiting around, sometimes looking vulnerable, or like they’re up to something. He usually shoots outdoors on cloudy, overcast days, or under a 3-sided black tent, which gives that soft light, and dark background. To me, it seems he’s more about expression than a unique lighting style. Unlike Skrebneski, who uses one light from above, Lindbergh doesn’t have a consistent lighting setup. It’s kind of all over the …

Over the Moon for Sarah Moon

Sarah Moon is a French photographer born in 1941 into a Jewish family forced to leave occupied France. She went to England and there studied drawing. She modeled from 1960 to 1966, and turned to photography in 1970. In 1972, she shot the Pirelli calendar, the first woman to do so. After working for a long time with Cacharel, her reputation grew and she also received commissions from Chanel, Dior, Comme des Garçons and Vogue. In 1985, she moved into gallery and film work, even making a pop video, Aicha by Khaled. At age 74, she is still living and …

My iBook Portfolio

Here’s the iBook version of my portfolio on iTunes, with a kind review from One9Design. “Irene’s work is magical, whimsical, and surreal. The fact that this caliber of work is available for no cost is unbelievable. Get it now while you can. In a few years you will see this type of work on magazine covers and advertising some of the top brands. Irene is both an incredibly imaginative artist and someone who has the technical skills (behind the camera AND at the computer) to make her vision a reality. Exceptional work.”

Photoshop Composite: One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure

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 maybe not treasures… but certainly some stuff that I have made great use of. The concept you are going to illustrate is that the idea of throwing out things / others collecting things may be a …

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 …

Birds of a Feather…

A new image created with the help of my friend Paige, and her pet peacock, Kevin. Behind-the-scenes to come… (update: I got distracted and made an animated gif instead.)

“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: