Are my photoshop skills next level or do I only select the most "flawless" of models and photograph them in perfect lighting? Find out the truth behind my photos!
This first picture is quite iconic (at least for me it is-hell, it's on my business cards)! When you take a portrait of someone-ANYONE-this close up every little line and crease will show. So, after some quick tone and luminosity adjustments, I received help from my photography teacher to tackle spot removal. This will probably be one of my favorite photographs for quite a while.
At first glance you might think, "Oh, she just corrected the exposure and tones." On the second look you might say, "Okay, I see. She also did some spot removal and smoothing treatments on their faces." Both of these are true, but the reason I included this image isn't because of those, but the reflection found in the glasses of the girl on the far right. That's right, if you look closely at the before picture you'll see a little reflection of yours truly. I couldn't have that, so I clone stamped it out on Photoshop.
Similar to the first image, this one is all about skin correction. However, considering the theme of this shoot, I felt it necessary to go a little further on my corrections. I wanted there to be the slightest element of "perfection". I wanted my model to have an ethereal glow to her by using the dodge tool to enhance highlights and brighten her eyes. To see more of this shoot click here.
I feel like most photographers try to #dothewoelfel (Brandon Woelfel) at some point. I was sure mine would turn out awful when every one of my shots came out black, but I was able to save them. How? By shooting in RAW! Seriously, guys, look at the before and after. It's like witch craft, but really it's because I SHOT IN RAW. You never know when a shoot will go bad or the lighting will suck-so be safe and shoot in RAW.
By biggest pet peeves in photography are lopsided horizons and random poles hanging out in the corner. Less than 15 minutes in post and both can be fixed!
Another amazing reason to shoot in RAW.
For this image I really didn't like how her face was in shadows, but I didn't want to lift the shadows in all of the image. I used the dodge tool to lift the shadows on her face by hand. While I was at it I whitened her teeth and the steps!