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Studio Photography

Here are a few shots from a recent photoshoot with BedJet. As you may know, I am the lead photographer and videographer at Hawke Media. This was an incredible opportunity to challenge myself and learn a lot about creative corporate photography with larger products.

We shot the setup on an 18’x18′ cyclorama backdrop at Apex Studios in DTLA. My process involved using four Profoto strobes; one large 24″x36″ source as a key light, one strip box source as a hair light, another strip box source as a highlight for the BedJet product, and another bare bulb strobe to the white ceiling for even spread (fill) over the bed and model. The easiest way I found to ensure even spread while still keeping the products and model from becoming over and under exposed was by using my trusty light meter. I use the Sekonic L-758C, as an incident meter to judge the light all over the bed. My meter read a solid f8 aperture over the entire bed, which means I was getting close to what I wanted. After some tweaking, I managed to figure out that the missing component was the strip box ensuring that the BedJet was being highlighted well. I moved the strip box in closer and bam, we were good to go.

For post production, quite a bit of work was done to ensure that the products were depicted as modern and trendy. I used the healing brush tool on the backdrop’s floor, then desaturated the parts of the image that don’t have colorful components to -70. This helped bring out an even more minimal and clean feel. Some compositing was necessary to fix art-direction mistakes on set, such as the pillows not being centered or creases in the materials. After this, I decided to do a complete backdrop replacement. I selected the bed, bedside table and accents, and put them on a separate layer. On a layer below I added a gradient to help further emphasize the clean and minimal feel.

 

Hey there everybody, I know in the last post I did that I talked a lot about how I edit my studio fashion images. Unfortunately this was all talk and not see. If you are more of a visual learner, I took the time to put together a long and in-depth video tutorial on how I edit these images. Please feel free to check out the video below and let me know your thoughts by leaving me a comment on YouTube, shooting me an email, or giving me a comment on my other social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook. Thanks for taking the time to view my content!

Here is the before and after of the shot.

Here’s a closeup to see how we’ve enhanced our model’s face.

First Pass

Contrary to what a lot of editors like to do in the first pass, I do all of my main adjustments in Lightroom, applying proper exposure and correcting hue/saturation/luminance to my desired look. Shooting and editing in RAW makes any kind of color correction much easier to do with less damage to your original image. Just make sure to keep your standard sharpening settings at their default; this will allow you to maintain detail throughout your editing. Sharpening always happens last! The image on the left is what my work looks like prior to any correction, while the right has all of the corrections made in my First Correction Pass. Let’s move on to the second pass.

Second Pass

This is where things get real. I get out of Adobe Lightroom and move on to Adobe Photoshop. Adobe makes this very simple by right clicking on your image and clicking “Edit In” then selecting your version of Photoshop. This is where I make sure that I get rid of stray hairs, skin blemishes, and do dodging & burning to ensure that the light is falling exactly as I envisioned on my model.

If you’re doing this, you’re going to want to create a New Layer and title it “Blemish Removal.” From there you’re going to take your healing brush, set it to 0% Hardness, “Aligned” and Sample Layers “Current and Below” so that you sample from your original image, not your empty layer. Use your Alt or Option Key on Mac and click the area next to what you want to remove. That’s it, just start painting away all of the hairs and skin blemishes. Use the Bracket keys on your keyboard “[   ]” to make your brush larger and smaller different sized blemishes. If you’re shooting on a solid background, I find that that Cloning Brush works better to remove stray hairs that are against the backdrop. Use the same Alt/Option+Click technique to sample an area next to the area that you’d like to fix.

Once you have finished that step, create a new layer and title it “Dodging & Burning.” Set this layer to the “Soft Light” blending mode. Press the “B” key on your keyboard to bring up the regular brush tool. Set your brush palette to Black & White (primary and secondary palettes) and change the opacity of your brush to around 5-8% depending on how much you want to lighten or darken your image. Once again, ensure that your Brush Hardness is set to 0% to get a nice, even blend. If your primary palette color is white, it will lighten your image and vice versa (black will darken). You can start to brush in your adjustments. Ensure to accentuate jaw lines using burning, and accentuate cheeks using dodging (white brush). You can easily switch between burning and dodging by using the “X” key.

Another thing I like to do is ensure that there is very little shine and blown out highlights on my subject’s face. The simplest solution that I have found to getting rid of shiny patches on faces is simply by using your regular brush tool. Go ahead and create a new layer. Title this layer “Skin Highlight Fix.” You need to select your brush tool by pressing “B” on your keyboard. Adjust your brush settings to 0% Hardness, Opacity to ~5%, and change the Brush Mode to “Darken.” Here is where it gets really easy! Just press the Alt or Option Key on Mac and click next to the area that is blown out. This uses the eye dropper to select the primary color of your brush. All you need to do from here is slowly start clicking over the shiny part of your subjects face and voila, your subject’s skin will look smooth and not shiny!

From here, if you’re working hand in hand with Adobe Lightroom, all you need to do is press Ctrl+S to save and all of your changes that you made in Photoshop will show up in Lightroom!

I’ll try to do some actual video tutorials in the future. I hope this helps anyone who is interested.

Final Before & After

Other Before & Afters