Some of you, faithful readers, sometime ask me how I get to achieve a particular shot, so I decided that I would start showing some behind the scenes and talk a bit about some of the techniques I use. So Internet, here we are, the first installment of the anatomy of a shot series.
So let’s start with a simple shot I posted a few weeks ago.
This shot was taken in a park at the end of the day. I decided to setup the photoshoot during the last hour of sunlight which is also known as the Magic Hour. This is the time of the day where you have the most gorgeous light and I definitely wanted to take advantage of this.
At first, I wanted to catch the sun as it was setting but we arrived a bit late on the location and as we were surrounded by tall buildings, I immediately saw that it was no way I could capture the sun on the pics.
So I decided to have the gorgeous blue sky as my background.
In terms of lightning setup, I used a speedlite reflected in an umbrella on my camera right and I exposed for the sky in order to have a deep blue by under exposing by one stop and a half.
Here is a test shot I took without the flash so that I could check my ambient. After checking on the histogram, I modified some of my settings to get a more vivid sky and when I was satisfied, I dialed the correct settings on the flash to light my subject.
And here is the result straight from the camera. Pas de post processing à part la conversion du RAW vers le JPEG.
This shot, as it is, is already quite good in my opinion, but I wanted to boost it a bit by adding more contrast, tweaking some levels and removing some minor skin injuries. After using some Photoshop Magic Dust, I achieved the final result. Et Voilà!