I have had a couple of inboxes recently about my usage of Adobe Photoshop
in my work. It will come as no surprise to people I adore the program, that and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
are essential to my work flow and post production. However a lot of people seem to think that most of my image is created during the post production. It isn’t, so for the next few days I am going to post lighting diagrams, before’s, afters and notes that I do when creating an image.
The post processing techniques I use are high end and non destructive (clients don’t care about this part, at the end of the day they want my creative input & wizardry to do your job and make them happy).
This image was actually featured in Pro Photo Mag a couple of months ago, a lot of the images I am going to be posting and talking about have been published to add a bit of scare factor Work that a LOT of people have seen, I am going to be ripping apart, analysing and basically showing you it in it’s RAW (yay pun) naked form. I am proud of what I do and I love it
The hair stylist Tony Arts Hair and myself had been talking for a while about collaborating on a piece, I wanted big hair and he wanted pastels. Zara the model stepped in at the last moment as we had a model drop out. Both Zara and Tony were incredible on this shoot, it was all very last minute but we pulled it off. The lighting itself took a couple of hours to put together, me and my assistant Greg Sanders ended up using two soft boxes, one as a main light and one to gently lift the shadows to give the image a very soft look. This was of course after a lot of huffing and puffing from myself as I didn’t get to play with the giant beauty dish that Mayfield Studio had. I do love a beauty dish.
It took a while mainly because we had shadow issues and then the lights wouldn’t fire together but eventually we won!! I used my trusty Canon 7D and borrowed Greg’s 90mm as I am in the process of getting rid of all my zooms and going fully prime.
The settings on the camera were:
I adore all the images taken from this set, this is one of my favourite shots, but I do get annoyed with myself mainly because I wish I had asked Zara to stay still so I could move the chain a little from her eye. It isn’t even something I picked up on when doing the post processing, a nice lady in one of the groups pointed it out and I got so emotionally caught up in the fun of the shoot and enjoying editing the images that I didn’t pick up on it. Lesson learned.
As far as post processing goes, I evened out skin tones & desaturated the image, a little bit of D&B and blemish removal (not in that order).
I do love the tones and the expression on Zara’s face, she is an incredible model and the hair is beautiful too, I need Tony to come and do my hair like this daily