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Old 04-26-2011, 03:41 PM #22
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^pffft who gives themselves 5 stars? It's all about the 2 stars!
LOL word. That's what I originally did, and will usually do if it's something I'm just shooting for my portfolio, but if it's for an editorial or a client there tends to be a handful of images that are VERY similar and they really only need one. So we just systematically eliminate the ones we don't want til we get to the one we do want at 5. It's a pain in the ***, but it works.
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:59 PM #23
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Well here is a before and after of a shot from a wedding.



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Old 04-27-2011, 12:38 AM #24
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Before and after


Imported. I then convert to B&W. White balance is pulled warm +18 and then toward green -79 I also added a gradient from top to bottom and lowered the exposure to get some of the tree texture in the BG and blurred it slightly.

On this one exposure is pulled down by 1.65 stops and recovery all the way up with about 23 fill light to help out with shadows.

Contrast up cuz I like it and brightness up to offset bringing the exposure down a bit. I lift the shadows in tone curve and up the highlights a tad.

Then I go in and tweak each individual color to give it the luminance I want.

Add warm tones to the highlights and cool tones to the shadows. Sharpen just a touch.

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Old 03-24-2012, 07:56 PM #25
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Someone asked how I created my birthday shot so I figured I'd post here to give everyone a chance to see.If you're not sure what photo I'm talking about, it's this one:


Since I only have 3 lights, lighting an entire set would be difficult, especially when I'm trying to isolate each of the subjects with their own lighting to help pull focus to them. Because of this I decided to shoot each individually.
NOTE: If you are going to do this, shoot on a tripod and don't move it at all!

First I took a base exposure, with a AB800 in a Beauty Dish just left of camera. This image will be my bottom layer and will allow me to layer the subject photos above it:


Subject 1: Firefighter
Beauty Dish camera left (fill)
ABRingflash left of subject (in shot)


Subject 2: Birthday Girl/Chef
Beauty Dish camera left (fill)
ABRingflash Right of subject (in shot)


Subject 3: Drunk Dad
Beauty Dish Camera Left (fill)
ABRingflash right of subject (in shot)


Confetti
Beauty Dish Camera Left (fill)


Those are the main exposures I used. Of course I shot many of each so I could pick the best, and I stole smoke from some of the others to make the oven look better. In Photoshop I layered each of these on top of another, and then used layer masks to erase parts of each image that hid the subject below it. Here is the image without any color correction done:

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Old 03-25-2012, 03:36 AM #26
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edit- I'll go through one of mine when I get the chance so we can keep this thread alive
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:13 AM #27
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This thread is fantastic. All I do is very slight corrections in lightroom, but the more complex processing is GREAT to see.
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:37 PM #28
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1). Import into Lightroom and mark all the ones I wano edit. Put the others in spare file if clients want them later. So here is an original image,


I do little color adjustments, correct WB, ect.

2). Put photo into outside program (ie VSCO, Nik Color EFex Pro 4)



3).Make a B&W version as well, some clients like to have both versions, so I do so just to save time in the end. I use Silver Efex Pro 2 for this. It's the closest thing I have found to mimic the look of film. With them having my favorite B&W film ( Ilford 3200) I stick to them.

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Old 03-26-2012, 11:15 PM #29
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Color version looks way better, but your right some people can't help but want the B&W version.

And it also makes them feel like you've put in the extra effort lol
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I'll try to make a standard way of showing these processes to you, but this one is difficult so I'll just show a GIF of each photo that was composited in. All the people were shot in my living room on a black background then cut out.



Click on the link below to see a higher res for the details:
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:12 PM #31
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Color version looks way better, but your right some people can't help but want the B&W version.

And it also makes them feel like you've put in the extra effort lol
Haha yeah I like the color much better as well, but people like to have both, more for their money I assume.
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