Mentoring: Studio Lighting and Post-Capture Treaments

June 07, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I am a passionate person who is in love with the art of producing great images, but did you know that I'm also a mentor for photographers?  In addition to being a member of the Digital Explorers of Orange County club, I also teach private sessions to aspiring artists who want to learn

- studio lighting techniques

- posing and composition

- digital workflow (including Lightroom culling, basic adjustments, minor retouching)

- advanced post-capture treatments in Photoshop, compositing and other creative elements

An example of this is with my good friend and photographer Mimosa Luong, 7 Delights Photography.  Incidentally, Mimosa sat for me during a lighting seminar wearing beautiful traditional Vietnamese formal gowns.  

<<Mimosa

She brought over several friends to photograph, and was prepared to get 3-4 looks out of her session.   The theme that the gentleman wanted was along the lines of Kingsman (the movie.)   

Mimosa shot Tony and Stephen in various lighting scenarios.

Here's the raw shot of Tony doing the secret agent gun pose:  And with some photoshop composite work, here's what we came up with for a final image.  The work here was to layer mask Tony and drop in a background of cold steel.

In this shot of Stephen, we were looking for a grad shot.

We really got crazy with this one...notice the "S" monogrammed on the wall?  This was layer masking, dropping in a background, and doing overlay blends of flames and the text for the monogram.

And in this raw shot with Tony we had a background of Rome setup which was a daylight shot as you see here:

But I wanted explosions...so I dropped in a layer with the blend mode multiply of some fireworks, and several adjustment layers.  Now it looks like night time!

In this last raw shot, we took the same Rome background and flipped it to the unprinted side and took some casual photos.  He looks great!

But I thought that changing his handkerchief to blue and dropping in another background to complement those colors looked much better:

There are no limits to the looks one can achieve with a good combination of dramatic portrait lighting and digital treatments.

 


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