Portrait Photography Fundamentals

 

Lesson Info

Low Light Post-Processing

The low light issue is great when you have a lot of lights in the background or you have lights in the foreground because that gives you a lot of liberty and because your background is dark a lot. That gives you a lot of ability to add special effects to it. And so I love shooting with the shallow depth of field in low light and having some sort of background with lights in the background. And then you can add bouquet. You can do a lot of stuff to it and it still looks believable. Okay so lets get in here and do some of this some of this stuff here. Like what we did. Let's lower the saturation a bit. Add the vibrance just to get this. And so what you can do with low light too is exaggerate some of the colors that are back there with the lights because nobody knows that that light was whatever color it was. And so you have a lot of flexibility what way. Okay so let move this into there. Right Let's just take the luminance. Hue here and let's just change that to what we want here. Here. ...

Darken it a bit. Okay. Let's just edit the skin a bit right there. Add a little bit of red to it and add a little noise filter to it. The color down. Hit the chromatic. Okay. And let's bring it into Photoshop here. And let me show you one thing that I do a lot. So the issue here is this is white here right? And we just wanna recolorize that. So the easiest way to do that is selecting the color on the screen that you kinda want it to be. Okay, so if I want it to be this color here I select it in the foreground and what you can do is when you get your paint brush on select darker color and this will say okay, I'm just gonna fill in the things that are lighter and whatever's darker I'm gonna fill in. So you see the foreground is darker than this background so it's gonna fill in that area. If there's something darker than my foreground it's not gonna touch that. And so that's how you can separate your painting. Is by just saying hey, just fill it in on that darker area. Don't really touch that blue. And so now you can just fill it in and do that, right? And then that's how you selectively choose color and that's really great when you're in little tight places and you need to colorize things and that works for you and is a good way to do that. Okay. And then you can kind of also too blend it. Where as if I wanna choose the blue now and I go lighter color. Actually opposite and I can edit that. You can also take, like colored balls, which I like doing on top of that. So let's say you don't. Let's say you like these colors here and you wanna change it. You can select a totally different color. Which I like doing. Different tonings to it. And lets say I just wanna select a lighter pink. Right here. And I'll take a really large brush and I'll just add it in. Just select normal. Right. And then you can do a really small flow. But a lot of times what I'll do is just add hints of color here and there to just open up areas if it's too dark. But I won't do it just with lighten. I'll just do it with a color. Right. And it just adds another dimension into it than just using a strict lighten and darken. And I'll use just different colors to give it a different complexity. And so when you have large areas like this sometimes just to give it that edge you can just bring in different colors with it. Okay. And let me just do this. Just really quickly. Real quick this skin smoothing here. And I'll just do it with the. Totally changed my Here it is over here. Where it was. So I smoothed that out. See it's already set up for me. I just needed to change the slider on what I need it by. There. Grain, I select that and then bam I'm off to the races. I can go in smooth that. Take these darker areas. I'm just gonna do this quick. I'm gonna just do a global adjustment on this. So you just get an idea of how it's smoothed out really quickly. And then again what I like doing after that is smoothing that out. Okay. Good. Just to flatten that out. Just to flatten that out. Everything is changed. I have a button for everything and it's all changed on me. Okay. So then we do that and then we add the layer of grain there. Over it. And let me just bring that in alien skin again and see what we can do with that. A lot of my low light stuff with video light, I definitely use alien skin to finish it off with. Save that. Okay. And then add those different things to it. I have to wait for it to save a little bit. We'll get going. Okay. Exposure three. Add a copy to it. And we have all the tons of lighting effects through here. What you can do with it. And so what I did on this particular one is I kinda liked is exploring some different options with it. So let's say you like that but it's not right in the right position for you. You can switch this around. The reason why is you can actually do this in Photoshop. It's the same thing but this is a lot faster. By switching your texture around. Masking it out. Right. Changing the position of it. I mean everything can be in Photoshop and see how it says screen here. You can change it to multiply. Right. And change the different levels in there. Effects. It's not as controllable as Photoshop because they open this area and not allow you to do that effect in that area but it's just much faster. Okay so let's say you do this but you don't really like all of it there. You can just paint the areas out that you don't like. Okay. And so you can go to town on that. But I do a lot of that kind of. So a lot of people don't know how I get those lighting effects. A lot of it is just textures added later. And added into it. Especially when I'm doing low light.

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Lessons

Class Introduction
5 Shots That WOW
Four Fundamentals of Photography
Create a Visual Impact with Composition
Importance of Foreground and Background
Create Depth in Landscape Images
Photos Don't Always Follow the Rules
Composition Practice Exercise
Composition Critique of Student Images
Keys to Posing
Shoot: Classic Elegance Female Pose
Shoot: Modern Female Pose
Shoot: Rollover Female Pose
Female Hands & Arms Poses Overview
Shoot: Hands and Arms Poses for Female
Seven Posing Guidelines
Headshots Poses with Male Model
Shoot: Headshot for Male Model
Shoot: Sitting Poses for Male Model
Shoot: Leaning Poses for Male Model
Shoot: Standing Poses for Male Model
Keys to Couples Posing
Shoot: Couples Posing
Couples Transitional Posing Overview
Shoot: Transitional Posing
Keys to Group Posing
Accordion Technique with Groups
Shoot: Accordion Technique
Shoot: Best Buds Pose
Shoot: Talk with Your Hands Pose
Shoot: Lock Arms and Hold Hands Pose
Run at the Camera and Dance in Your Seat Poses
Shoot: Pod Method Pose
Posing Critique of Student Images
Introduction to Lighting
Soft vs Hard Light
Difficult Lighting Situations
Bright Light Techniques
Overcast Light Techniques
Low Light Techniques
Lighting Techniques Q&A
Drama Queen Lighting
Laundry Basket Lighting
Make it Rain Lighting
Smart Phone Painting with Light
Mini LED Bokeh Lighting
Choose the Right Lighting System
Hybrid Flash System
Innovative Accessories
Gear Overview
Theatrical Post-Processing
Ten Keys to Post-Processing
Essential Skills to Post-Processing
Headshot Post-Processing
Bright Light Post-Processing
Flat Light Post-Processing
Low Light Post-Processing
Introduction to Fine Art Post-Processing
Light & Airy Fine Art Post-Processing
Dark & Moody Fine Art Post-Processing
Post-Processing Critique of Student Images
 
 
 
 

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