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POST-PRODUCTION / SALVAGING IMAGES AND USING PHOTOSHOP

From my 4 (?) years of shooting, the majority of the portraits I've taken were done in 5-10 minutes. I've only had a handful of proper shoots, and even those there were no props, backdrops etc. Soon enough, I got bored with the content I was creating and had to find a way to make the portraits somewhat interesting to me, and the easiest way was by editing.

I'm going to give a few tips on how to edit + salvage images, and provide some resources and (hopefully) inspiration for photos. 

NOTE
I released two tutorials prior to this which might be helpful and I suggest taking a look at those before reading this one since I'll be discussing techniques I covered in those already.


WHAT YOU NEED

  • Photoshop
  • Lightroom

  • Resources [ find your own as well! ]


TIP NO. 1 / NOT ALL OUT OF FOCUS PHOTOS ARE UNSALVAGEABLE

The norm in photography is that a good photo is sharp, intriguing, and most importantly, in focus. But sometimes our cameras freak out and we lose a shot that could have been really cool. What I've been doing is simply editing them as if they were taken on film because let's be honest, I edit as if all my photos were taken on film. The difference here is I add more grain and some texture to it, I just exaggerate everything. 

Making a photo look like film is fairly easy. Reduce the clarity, bump the sharpness, add a lot of grain and mute the highlights. Maybe add some fade in the curves, I didn't do it for this image though. 

DANNY BROWN

DB_OOF-9054.jpg
DB_OOF1-9054.jpg
 I added two sheets of different types of dust and scratches

I added two sheets of different types of dust and scratches


TIP NO. 2 / 5 MINUTE SHOOTS DON'T HAVE TO BE SIMPLE

Ok this isn't a tip but for the sake of consistency I'm keeping it as a "tip." As I said before, I grew bored with my portraits until I started messing around with textures. Below is a free preset for you to use a base if you'd like. I'm not going to lie, releasing my presets is nerve wrecking because I want these edits to determine my style and help me stand out and giving that away obviously takes away from that. Nonetheless, I hope these are of some help to you and I hope you tweak them enough to your liking. I can't stress that enough. These should be used as a base, a starting point so that you can create something yourself! 

To get the free preset simply put your email below, you have the option to confirm the subscription in your email (I promise to only spam you with these tutorials and dog photos) but I'm going to try to release tutorials every week on various topics and by subscribing you'll get it right to your inbox.

ps. I have two other presets available for free but they'll be going down in a few days so I suggest getting them now:

RYAN

35mm
ISO 2500
f1.4
1/30

 original image

original image

 first edit using a tweaked version of the preset above

first edit using a tweaked version of the preset above

As shown in the tutorial of "grunge edits," export the image straight int photoshop if your computer can handle it. 

 I'm going to crop it first because there's that awkward space where the glass stops and i want to omit that.

I'm going to crop it first because there's that awkward space where the glass stops and i want to omit that.

 duplicate the layer, reflect vertically and horizontally and then mask everything except the flowers so that there is some balance

duplicate the layer, reflect vertically and horizontally and then mask everything except the flowers so that there is some balance

I then added the following textures with different blending modes and opacities on each

 glare / changed the hues / screen / 100%

glare / changed the hues / screen / 100%

 blue watercolor paper / divide / 100%

blue watercolor paper / divide / 100%

 mextures copper plate / hard light / 70%

mextures copper plate / hard light / 70%

 final image

final image

ERIC

 original

original

 LR edit

LR edit

 finished image

finished image

STEP BY STEP VIDEO TUTORIAL

 original

original

 LR Edit

LR Edit

 finished image

finished image