Ya know, I really like digging up photos I passed up from years gone by. I am starting to find, with my new editing techniques, that shots I really didn’t care for the first time I looked at them now have a certain appeal. I have stacks of archives on DVD from my many shoots with Mary (above) that I have been revisiting this week. And this one, in particular, really lent itself to the Calvin Hollywood technique I have been playing with. And this one has all the elements I have been talking about for the last month or so. Skin edits, double-raw import, dodging and burning, hue corrections, etc.
To give you an idea of the number of edits going on here, to the right I have a screen capture from Photoshop CS6. There are no plugins and no tricks going on – just the edits I have given tutorials on. Total time on this one was about 10 minutes. The “ground, clothing & skin” layers on the right are my dodge & burns. Standard technique with 50% fill layer. The HUE/Levels group is merely a color fill to give that cinema bronze-tone. For all the other various pieces, here are the how-to’s:
Well damn, looks like I didn’t do a dodge & burn tutorial. Guess that’s coming soon.
Anyhow, the purpose of this post is to get you looking at the old stuff you passed by. Give it a second chance by looking at it in a new light, with new techniques. You’ll be happy and surprised!