Amy Goes Oscar Mike – 2nd Day – London Photography Workshop

Amy Goes Oscar Mike – 2nd Day – London Photography Workshop

A few Post-Production Notes

All post-production was done in Adobe Camera Raw.
No highlights/shadows/whites or blacks sliders were used.

Yes, that’s correct – No highlights/shadows/whitesor blacks sliders were used. I thought I would give an insight into the full use of just using the dodge & burn techniques using the adjustment brush with only exposure adjustments. Photoshop was not opened, and these adjustments were done in Adobe Camera Raw. I shot on a square ratio in the camera for the day so files were 4000×4000, reduced here to 2000×2000. Not all apertures are what I would normally choose but I used some higher ones for those who were shooting on slower zooms. All shot on the Fuji X100F, I’m not upgrading to a V 🙂

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400 ISO, 1/125 sec, f/5.6 – Test image for exposure check.
This was a test shot for exposure. I have added this to show image quality. Even at 2000px (400 ISO)(click on the image for 2000px) you will see the superb detail. Take a look around the lips and eyes. Some light skin softening has been applied. This is not about showing you Fuji files! Any camera these days is able to produce this quality in good light. Just get it sharp and exposed well to maximize the quality.
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800 ISO, 1/500 sec, f/4.5
Straight shot, some burning of edges
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1600 ISO, 1/250 sec, f/4
Heavy burning to edges, face slightly dodged
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400 ISO, 1/125 sec, f/5.6
Burnt edges. Acros conversion with yellow filter to lighten flowers and lipstick. Some light skin softening.
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400 ISO, 1/500 sec, f/2.8
Burning background and edges. Slight dodging to Amy.
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3200 ISO, 1/400 sec, f/4
Some dodging to Amy. Burnt bottom edge. Acros with yellow filter.
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1600 ISO, 1/400 sec, f/4
Dodging of Amy. Sky added.
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3200 ISO, 1/500 sec, f/2
Burning in of background highlights and left & right edges. Dodging of the dress. Yellow filter added to lighten red coat & lips.
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6400 ISO, 1/125 sec, f/2.8
Burning in of background to darken corridors and left edge. Yellow filter added to lighten red coat & lips.
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1000 ISO, 1/25! sec, f/2
So my mistake of the day. A quick final shot at arm’s length and I overexposed by around 2/3 of a stop. Shooting on 35mm on the X100F meant using a jpg and I should know better as a raw image would have pulled the highlight back on the nose. I shot 6 images on continuous (two short bursts.) Only one image had camera shake which was surprising! and this was sharp at 1/25. This allowed a lower ISO. I should have rechecked by exposure, but it was a quick grab before finishing for the day.
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So I rescued the image with some cloned skin & hair. Then into Silver Efex Pro for some soft grain, dodging & burning using control points, slight negative structure, and minimal highlight control to reduce white on the highlights and my fav colour tone, coffee.