2016-0503 PHOTOSHOP Assignment

General post processing for all images

People / fashion workflowimport from memory card to dated folder in library module. I almost exclusively shoot in RAW to allow extensive and resilient editing and the highest quality. Depending on the shoot I may also shoot JPEG. For example, I may shoot with JPEG set to black and white so I can see on the back of the camera how a black and white conversion of the RAW may look after processing as an aid to styling, make up, posing, exposure etc. during the shoot and give feedback to the creatives.

Once stored appropriately, see below, I use ‘Flagging’ to quickly determine rejects and delete those files; zooming in if necessary or viewing full screen.

Open develop module in Lightroom to set or fine tune white balance, adjust exposure and experiment with the Lightroom adjustments working down the options.

Export to and edit in Photoshop as a copy file in PSD format for more intensive editing e.g. healing, liquify if necessary (reshape hair or clothes rather than body shape) and via separate layer use imaginomics portraiture for skin smoothing; use of separate layer allows the effect to be fine tuned by reducing opacity.

Return to Lightroom for colour toning, contrast etc or via silver effex pro for black and white conversions.

Finally straighten and crop to improve composition and/or required aspect ratio and export via presets depending on intended use.

Some before and after pictures…

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Or this …

 

Other subject workflow – similar to above but don’t use liquefy or imaginomics portraiture for say street or landscape images. For architecture or horizons I’d use the powerful lens / vertical/level features.

I have used these workflows and become proficient and quick in their use.

Storage; I have category folders; Commissions, Personal work and the like and then it is all dated folders appended with subject e.g. “04-17 Ribblehead PanF 50 F6” I also use smart collection folders in Lightroom to create virtual folders with say all Ilford film pics or whatever. I also create subject folders e.g my dogs so all the pics are collated.

Backup strategy; I have two internal hard drives. One master files and another backup copies. I also have an external drive backup copy which gets swapped every month.

Finally, once import and backups are confirmed I format the used memory cards in camera ready for next shoot.

I use Lightroom because of its comprehensive library module; essential to catalog 160,000 pictures! Photoshop because it integrates with Lightroom seamlessly and offers more comprehensive and non-destructive edits.

Imaginomics portraiture is the industry standard for skin retouching and for the work I do is quicker and easier than manual methods in Photoshop. I have tried portrait professional but have found it too aggressive and unrealistic. Silver effex pro because of the superb black and white conversions and its integration with Lightroom and Photoshop.

 

1 Quality Checking Images

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the recently crowned Miss Preston 2016

Reasons for choice of method vs alternatives; familiarity and proficiency and speed in my workflow outlined above and below.

The methods used for the final images; layers, erasure tool, healing, cropping, tone/contrast curve, black and white, imaginomics, silver efex pro, Hue, Saturation and Luminance, clarity, lens corrections.

Techniques used and how they helped convey the visual message; set white balance, adjust exposure, export to Photoshop for healing, and via separate layer use imaginomics portraiture for skin smoothing; use of separate layer allows the effect to be fine tuned by reducing opacity. Return to Lightroom for colour toning, contrast etc.For the image below Silver efex pro was used for the black and white conversion as I find the quality and adjustability far better than Photoshop.

Finally straighten and crop to improve composition and/or required aspect ratio and export via presets depending on intended use.

We wanted a different more stylized head-shot for our portfolio’s – more beauty than ‘street’. Stylistically and post-production have resulted in exactly what we wanted.

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The black and white treatment here adds to the dark feel of the image.

Reasons for the choice of file format for each image; I shoot raw for the higher quality in post processing (using the wider AdobeRGB colour space) and for printing. I normally export to  JPEG using an sRGB colour space (web uses sRGB) and varying sizes depending on intended use; size, resolution and format – small low resolution for web use or large high resolution for printing. JPEG (web) or TIFF (magazine submissions).

 

2 Multiple exposure

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Reasons for choice of method vs alternatives; To create these images in camera would be unecssarily difficult so using different images to crate a montage was the efficient way to go.

The methods used for the final images; Layers, Masks, Erasure tool, auto-align, healing, cropping, tone/contrast curve, black and white, imaginomics, Hue, Saturation and Luminance, clarity, lens corrections,

Techniques used and how they helped convey the visual message; For the feather image I had the model shot as the main image. I uploaded to Photoshop as a layer found a picture of black feathers on the internet to use as the second layer (underneath) and with a soft / low opacity brush erased the top model layer to reveal the feathers underneath. For the advert I used a the model pic twice; cropped to fit into an aperture in the layer with the camera image source from google images. Three layers in all. The second set of feathers extends and reinforces the feathers motif and the advert implies great pics will appear on your camera display screen! If only it was that simple!

Reasons for the choice of file format for each image;  I shoot raw for the higher quality in post processing (using the wider AdobeRGB colour space) and for printing. Both commenced as RAW images and were PSD files in Photoshop. Then exported as JPEG for web use.

Outline photo output technique; I normally export to  JPEG using an sRGB colour space (web uses sRGB) and varying sizes depending on intended use; size, resolution and format – small low resolution for web use or large high resolution for printing. JPEG (web) or TIFF (magazines).

 

3 Black and white

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Reasons for choice of method vs alternatives; familiarity and proficiency and speed in my workflow outlined above and below.

The methods used for the final images; Layers, erasure tool, healing, cropping, tone/contrast curve, black and white, silver effex pro, clarity.

Techniques used and how they helped convey the visual message; RAW image into Lightroom as per standard workflow above, exported to Photoshop for healing etc for the female and black and white conversion in Lightroom for the male and Silver Efex Pro for the female. I turned up the contrast for the male to convey a gritty hard look and kept the female soft and feminine.

Reasons for the choice of file format for each image;  I shoot raw for the higher quality in post processing (using the wider AdobeRGB colour space) and for printing.

Outline photo output technique; I normally export to  JPEG using an sRGB colour space (web uses sRGB) and varying sizes depending on intended use; size, resolution and format – small low resolution for web use or large high resolution for printing. JPEG (web) or TIFF (magazines).

For my mini-brief projects I used a variety of black and white approaches; Lightroom B&W, Photoshop B&W, Sliver effex Pro and shooting black and white film. All extensively discussed in my mini-brief write ups.

4 Image re-sizing and cropping in Photoshop

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Reasons for choice of method vs alternatives; couldn’t get square to the building from the available shooting positions. I had to resort to post processing. The street entertainer picture was shot from the hip and a little off line and cluttered so it needed straightening and cropping.

The methods used for the final images; auto-align, healing, cropping, tone/contrast curve, black and white, silver effex pro, clarity, lens corrections,

Techniques used and how they helped convey the visual message; Followed my normal workflow as above. For the buildings I used auto-align for the other picture manual alignment and cropped both manually. For the spiral staircase I wanted to emphasise shape and texture un-distracted by colour. For the street entertainer I went for a street photography gritty urban look.

Reasons for the choice of file format for each image;  I shoot raw for the higher quality in post processing (using the wider AdobeRGB colour space) and for printing.

Outline photo output technique; I normally export to  JPEG using an sRGB colour space (web uses sRGB) and varying sizes depending on intended use; size, resolution and format – small low resolution for web use or large high resolution for printing. JPEG (web) or TIFF (magazines). In the case of the street entertainer the required size for web use was 1000px long side and 240dpi so that what I set for export.

 

5 Masking & Selection Techniques

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Reasons for choice of method vs alternatives; both intended outputs could not be created in camera.

The methods used for the final images; Layers, Masks, Erasure tool, auto-align, healing, cropping, tone/contrast curve, black and white, imaginomics, silver effex pro, Hue, Saturation and Luminance, clarity, lens corrections,

Techniques used and how they helped convey the visual message; One female is a children’s entertainer and she wanted promotion pictures. She had the dress so I shot on white, cut her out an placed her on a blue background. Using the clouds effect I textured the flat blue and with a snowflake brush added the finishing touch. The other shot was an attempt at levitation! Camera on a tripod. One shot with model in place standing on the convenient log. The other shot with model and log removed. Both images were uploaded to Photoshop the log on on the top layer. Using the selection tool I selected the log carefully and then deleted it allowing the bare wall pic to emerge making it look like she is floating.

Reasons for the choice of file format for each image;  I shoot raw for the higher quality in post processing (using the wider AdobeRGB colour space) and for printing.

Outline photo output technique; I normally export to  JPEG using an sRGB colour space (web uses sRGB) and varying sizes depending on intended use; size, resolution and format – small low resolution for web use or large high resolution for printing. JPEG (web) or TIFF (magazines).

 

6 Multiplicity

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Reasons for choice of method vs alternatives; 
The methods used for the final images; Layers, Masks, Erasure tool, auto-align, healing, cropping, tone/contrast curve, black and white, imaginomics, silver effex pro, Hue, Saturation and Luminance, clarity, lens corrections,

Techniques used and how they helped convey the visual message; Three shots were uploaded to Photoshop as separate images and then with the person on the right side of the pic as the background layer I copied the middle image as a layer and the left image as the top layer. As the pictures were hand held there is some misalignment so I used the auto-align layers function in the edit menu. Once aligned I erased the right two thirds of the top layer and the right third of the middle layer revealing the person in each position. All that is left is to return to Lightroom and straighten, crop and adjust exposure.

The black and white picture was taken in Liverpool and I wanted to convey the Abbey Road zebra crossing reminiscent of the Beatles album cover.

The colour picture was shot in a studio and the model wanted to show off her ‘hard won’ figure so three different poses in one image worked for her, emphasizing the figure she is so proud of.

Reasons for the choice of file format for each image;  I shoot raw for the higher quality in post processing (using the wider AdobeRGB colour space) and for printing.

Outline photo output technique; I normally export to  JPEG using an sRGB colour space (web uses sRGB) and varying sizes depending on intended use; size, resolution and format – small low resolution for web use or large high resolution for printing. JPEG (web) or TIFF (magazines).

 

7 Vignette

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Reasons for choice of method  vs alternatives;
The methods used for the final images; Layers, Masks, Erasure tool, auto-align, healing, cropping, tone/contrast curve, black and white, imaginomics, silver effex pro, Hue, Saturation and Luminance, clarity, lens corrections, vignette

Techniques used and how they helped convey the visual message; Both images workflow as above with the monochome image done in lightroom. I wanted a graphic, surreal, humourous and fun image. In both cases the use of a vignette draws the viewer into the picture. In the female pic the eyes are drawn to the eyes of the subject and she is the same model as the children’s entertainer demonstrating how by using different techniques in and out of camera such different pictures can be achieved.

Reasons for the choice of file format for each image;  I shoot raw for the higher quality in post processing (using the wider AdobeRGB colour space) and for printing. Both of these were destined for web-use.

Outline photo output technique; I normally export to  JPEG using an sRGB colour space (web uses sRGB) and varying sizes depending on intended use; size, resolution and format – small low resolution for web use or large high resolution for printing. JPEG (web) or TIFF (magazines).

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