Editing - Finishing A Concept
So this next edit is really quick and there's a reason for it. This is that original canoe concept that I talked about and that you saw us shoot in the field. I spent so much time thinking about this photo. What I wanted the location to look like, what I wanted the wardrobe to be, what the light should be, that we did most of the work before we even took the photo. This is a quick change in exposure with a little color correcting but remember the image was good before we even edited it. So here's the raw photo. It's a little bit dark but we have all the elements we want. The water is as it should be, the wardrobe styled in. So we know it's a good photo to begin with and I'm just gonna start by bumping up the exposure a little bit. I'm gonna warm it up just a little bit and that kinda gets into that acceptable realm to me. So now that I have that part done, I'm just gonna go down and mess with my split toning a little bit. And so on a photo like this, I usually kind of start over in tha...
t blue purple area and I'm really just kind of prioritizing the skin tones. So that looks alright. Let me go into shadows and just add a little warmth and watch around here, especially down by the water. This is kind of a thing that brings back a little bit of our portrait, as you can see. It's kind of like a darker shadow, but there's some warmth to it. So there's before and we're just gonna add that kind of yellow back in. So now most things look okay. We have a few changes left to make and then it'll be where it needs to be. So I'm gonna add a little bit of contrast. Highlights might come down just a little bit. Bring the whites down. And on a photo like this too, where, so for a landscape, the light is great and this is kind of that point in the day where skin tones can get a little tough as the sun goes down. So usually I will drop the clarity slider down just a little bit, not trying to make the skin look smoother, anything like that. We're just trying to take some of that, I guess, texture that we added into the photo away. So if you'll look at the before, the skin's pretty smooth and that kind of matches it. But when we added the contrast and changed our whites and shadows just a little bit, that kind of bumps it around so we're just correcting for that. I'm gonna go into the tone curve and just brighten it up just a little. I might pull these highlights down. And here's before and after, and you know, to me, that's done. I'd probably go in and remove this stick as we didn't write that down in our notebook, but you know, that's the image and we created it before we even shot the photo. So that's what it looks like to take an idea from start to finish. We did the work before the shot and all we had to do was put some finishing touches on it.