Hi peeps! A lot of you have messaged me asking what kind of camera I use to take such awesome photos. Let me be the first to tell you that a camera has very little to do with the way that my images end up looking. For a SOOC (straight out of camera) image – one that has not been edited yet -the two most important elements, in my opinion, are leveraging your light and the lens you’re using. But that’s a subject for another time. What I want to talk about today is post process. Much of the “magic” that you see in my images has very little to do with what happened in camera, and everything to do with post-process. Now don’t get me wrong, you want to be able to produce a great image in camera. “Get it right in-camera” is the adage that we photographers try to adhere to. This cuts down on the amount of time we have to invest later on in post. Editing an image in Adobe Lightroom & Adobe Photoshop can be a labor intensive endeavor, but the results can be incredible.
Almost all of Magination Images’ packages offer “creative edits”. These are where the image has been digitally manipulated beyond that of basic enhancements. It’s really more “digital art” than “photography”. In order to fully grasp what is being done to these images, it is important that you see the SOOC shot. Let’s take a look at one.
This image was shot at dusk in an alley way in downtown Medford, Oregon. The model, Lalita, is a gorgeous girl who really knows how to use her body as a medium of art. I knew that I wanted the finished image to look as though she was floating. I set up the shot and asked her to position herself as though she was falling. There were some minor adjustments that I directed her in, but overall she pretty much nailed it on the first try.
In post production the stool was removed, the ground straightened and some bokeh added to simulate lights. Vibrancy was increased using a variety of methods and the power lines were removed.
I love these kind of creative edits. I think they’re especially effective for the high school senior who is looking for images that stand out from the status quo.
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