Before and after Photoshop Paris
I thought that it would be nice to share some of my before and after Photoshop photo’s. For me the post editing process is as big a part of my work as the photography itself. My workflow consists of Lightroom for smoothing out the high and low contrasts and setting the basic color tone. After the Lightroom edit I use Photoshop for all the detail retouching like skin, hair, dust, scratches and enhancing color and mood.
This photo, which I called “Paris” because it reminds me of the city, was taken using a Nikon D700 + Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 lens. The lighting was done with a single softbox containing a Nikon sb900 speedlight @1/2 power just left of the camera at the same level as the model. I believe that I did feather it a bit. The mirrors behind the model helped move the light around the scene.
This is the photo as it was taken (sooc)
I used the following camera settings when taking this photo:
exposure: 1/50 at f3.2
focal length: 70mm
Lightroom is the first step in my editing workflow. I try to even out the lights and darks in Lightroom to get an even look for the photo. Further I try to set the color tones that I would like in the final image.
When you look at the after Lightroom edit photo you can clearly see that the lights are more even and toned down towards the darks. Also the more even and muted color tone is very obvious.
You can download the Lightroom settings I used here: Paris – Astrid Elisee.lrtemplate.zip (these are Lightroom 3 settings)
I export the image as a psd file in 16 bit and use the sRGB color space. I mostly use sRGB, I want to directly see the end result as I post my work mostly online anyway. In Photoshop I did the nitty gritty retouching and enhanced the mood. For the mood I used a combination of different color layers at different blending modes in combination with masking the effect to certain parts of the image. In a future post I will go more into this kind of Photoshop editing.
This is probably one of my favorite photo’s that I took this last year. At the moment I shot it, I knew it would be good but this style of editing really made it into a special photo for me. I hoop you liked seeing the before and after Photoshop versions of this photo. Let me know if you have any questions about it, I’ll be happy to help were I can.