Commercial/Portrait lighting

October 29, 2015

My friend and marketeer extraordinaire, Ivan, asked me to pop over a couple of weeks back to do some shooting. So I went over with my studio strobes and softboxes in hand and set things up in his dining room. Gave him something that he hadn't done before. Hairlight. Up to this point, he had been using his strobes but basically one on either side. Altho it's not wrong to do so, but I thought I'd give him that little extra depth. 

So, in this case, what I have is a large softbox to camera left as the key light, a reflector on camera right to open up the shadows, and a small 24" softbox overhead to add that extra to her hair. Once shot, I brought the image into Lightroom where I set the White Balance and did some global color adjusting. From there, the image was brought into Photoshop where i wanted to get in deep to make some corrections. 


Since I wasn't fussy with the original background, I created a second layer and separated my model from it. Then I created a third and filled it with a better grey background. Then dragged the separated layer up overtop the new background and created a flattened layer. 

Now to work on the image. New layer called "Blemishes" where I went in to 100% and removed any blemishes or spots that were on the model or clothing. 

A new layer again where I adjusted the tone of her hair. 

Another layer to add sparkle to her eyes.

Then transferred the image back to Lightroom where I did a tweak on the Black Point,softened her skin and cropped the image a bit.

 



 


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