When I first started shooting, the first wedding photographer I worked for told me I needed to learn how to shoot in manual mode. I responded “Great I’ll work towards that!” Although I pretended I knew what he was talking about, I really had no clue. I knew it had something to do with adjusting the shutter speed and aperture, and I figured it also meant using the ring on the camera to manually focus everything as well.
A few years down the road adjusting the shutter speed and aperture now comes as second nature without really thinking to much about it. I now know that shooting manual involves using the auto focus. But I use a back focus button and adjust my focus points in almost every image. I also now manually adjust the Kalvin temperature and ISO every few shots as well. All to say, there are a lot of foggy things from shooting to lighting to Photoshop that took me a long time to figure out. But, once they became clear, photography became a lot more fun!
But I digress from the point of this post. The point is that I am working on a new section of my website. I don’t have a launch date yet, but it will have everything from how a camera should be setup, to the the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom. I’m going to add one section at a time as I get things put together. So feel free to let me know if you have any questions or ideas for the new site.
The first section I am working on is a little behind the scenes view of some Trash the Dress sessions. It will be the story of three sessions with everything from concept to post processing.
Below is a sample from the Photoshop processing section.
Original Image: (off Camera)
Steps from before to after: (TRA = Totally Rad Actions www.gettotallyrad.com)
– Open JPG or RAW image in PS RAW Adjuster (minor exposure & temperature adjustments)
– Healing Brush for spots on sky
– TRA Ying Yang (lighter on skin and jacket)
– TRA Ying Yang (darker on ground)
– TRA Oh! Snap 100%
– TRA Can oh Woop* 50% (on ground)
– TRA Big Blue 50% (on sky)
– Burn tool 30% on bottom corners.