Slices of Life: The Blog of Urbin Photography

Observations by Photographer Mark Urbin

Selective Colorization using GIMP

Photoshop can be a tad expensive, so a lot of photographers turn to GIMP, an open source digital image editor with many of the same features.

A common trick of digital editing is Selective Colorization.  That is where you have a single color in an otherwise black and white photo.  Here is a straightforward tutorial on how to do that in GIMP

Here is an example.  Note the red on the belt.

Selective Colorization example

Here is another example and two more.

January 29, 2009 Posted by | Black and White, How To, Martial Arts, People, Photography | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Improvised monopod for a timer shot


Improvised monopod, originally uploaded by Eclipse Pics (∆ncient).

I had a mini tripod with me, but this post actually was a bit higher and was in a perfect spot to catch the better half and I with some great Yosemite High Country views in the background.

August 16, 2008 Posted by | Gear, How To, Yosemite | , , , | Leave a comment


I’m a voracious reader, and have devoured my share of photography books.

Here are some of the ones I enjoyed/found useful.

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom book for digital photographers.

The Art of Digital Wedding Photography

Portrait Photographer’s Handbook

How to Photograph Your Life

August 11, 2008 Posted by | How To | | Leave a comment

Fussing with the bride

Shooting weddings is all about the bride.  Ya, you have to get the other relatives, including the groom, in some of the shots, but the focus is on the bride.  It’s her day and she is the primary buyer.

There was a wedding going on at a hotel just outside Yosemite National Park I was at and I watched the wedding photographer photograph the bride and bridesmaids.  He did a fantastic job of fussing over the bride.  A very extensive set of shots of her, the bride maids, flower girls and the bride’s parents.

He spent about half the amount of time shooting the groom and the grooms men.  Those were were good shots, but they were not nearly as extensive.

July 28, 2008 Posted by | How To, Wedding Photography | , | Leave a comment