July 18, 2018 at 4:54 pm #32154
Hey everyone! 🙂
I shot this senior portrait of my cousin three weeks ago (one of my favourite shots from the whole shoot, actually!). I was wondering if anyone had any comments or ideas on anything you’d change – editing, composition, etc.
-Focal Length 70mm
July 21, 2018 at 9:30 am #32257Lydia BennettParticipant
- This topic was modified 8 months, 1 week ago by Lydia Bennett.
Nice picture, Morgan! Just curious, how do you decide when you want to go B&W vs. color?July 23, 2018 at 5:14 pm #32309
It kind of depends, but the biggest things for me are colour and texture.
In this shoot for example, not everyone’s outfits matched (either the backgrounds or the other outfits!) so I would use B&W to hide the colour clashing. Other times, it’s good for muting the background and highlighting the foreground (think contrast). This was great when my cousin and aunt were standing in front of some tall grasses; the B&W muted the green grass to grey and focused on the subjects. Another big thing is texture as B&W often pulls certain textures in images. In this shot particularly, I had too much texture competing for my attention. By going B&W, the rock column, path, and my cousin are the focus but the grasses and foliage in the background kind of just fade out. B&W is also a good way to solve skin colour issues. Some of my lighting in this shoot wasn’t ideal, thus making the subjects too red or orange, but turning the shots B&W fixed that better than altering the individual colours did.
Generally, texture shots are my favourite for B&W, but it’s great for colour correction, too! When I do B&W though, I pull the saturation slider all the way left and the vibrance all the way right. I like the effect better than the menu option for B&W in Lightroom since it’s brighter and then I don’t have to do as much exposure compensation.
Hope that helps! 😀July 25, 2018 at 11:34 am #32340Lydia BennettParticipant
Thanks for sharing that, Morgan. I haven’t gone the B&W route a whole lot, so it was good to hear your thought process there. Very helpful! 🙂July 25, 2018 at 3:03 pm #32367James StaddonKeymaster
Not much I can say about this one! Perhaps if your cousin’s right leg was not as far away from the stone wall he’s leaning on, the left leg would not have to reach over so far allowing the left knee to be bent more, making his legs look less like a solid triangle (if that makes any sense?).
Beautifully edited. I learned a lot from your answer to @bennett-family’s question! Thanks for sharing.July 26, 2018 at 2:37 pm #32411
My pleasure, Lydia; glad to hear it! 🙂July 26, 2018 at 2:58 pm #32412
Thanks, James! Yes, I think I know what you mean…I will add that to my mental checklist of things to pay attention to.
Happy to be of help. 🙂
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