I'm having a day of catching up on emails and upcoming weddings and am super excited about this post I'm writing. I'm also excited that I'm listening to The Head and the Heart, so tons of giddiness over here, people! I recently posted the series that I shot speaking toward freedom and redemption within human trafficking. Since there was so much that went into it, I figured I'd write a behind the scenes post about everything from hair and makeup to the shooting and editing. I said it before, but lots of hugs and thanks go to my friend Lucy, who helped immensely at the shoot and photographed my doing my thang, my friends Clair and Jessica who opened up their property for us to shoot on and also to Willow Salon in downtown Charleston, who graciously donated hair and makeup to make this happen.
I wanted to use all natural light, no flash, just a camera; nothing that couldn't be captured in everyday light. I also didn't want to do any heavy editing on the photos--just like the shooting, I wanted the editing to look natural. I only used a few pieces of equipment:
-Canon 5d mk ii
-Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
-Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L USM
-my oh-so-loved shootsac
I own both Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3 but even when editing weddings, I rarely open Photoshop. I'm faster in Lightroom and prefer the program's workflow. (Tip: if you're a student, you can get photo editing programs at major discounts from most big distributors such as B&H or Adorama). Needing to be efficient and quick when culling and editing photos for a wedding, (we're talking about 1,300 per wedding with the client receiving about 500ish) I have learned to love using actions. A worthy investment, I use Totally Rad Actions and VSCO film actions. Like always, I shot this session in RAW, later converting them to JPG to blog, email, burn, etc.
Here are some shots that Lucy snagged of me shooting and then the photos that resulted.
To create the blurred and selective focusing effect on the photo above, I shot with the lens detached from my camera body, which is called free-lensing. It gives you a similar effect if you were using a tilt-shift lens. It was the first time I attempted, but loved how they turned out! (Read this article on free-lensing here.)
Here are a few of my favorite photos of Tehra in the SOOC (straight out of camera) and then edited forms. There isn't too much of a difference-attempting to keep things natural-except for some tweaking and the addition of some actions.
The more accurate you can shoot a subject out of camera in terms of composition, lighting, white balance, etc., the less time you'll have to spend editing in post-processing. There are always little things that can only be done in post processing, such as skin smoothing, spot removal and color conversion, just to name a few, (all of those were done in the edited versions above) but the more you can control while shooting, the easier things are later.
Feel free to comment or email me with any questions!