This week’s Blueprint uses no actions and barely any editing. Why? Because of the advantages of off camera flash photography is less editing. YAY! Ainslie Bernoth, who is doing a Free flash photography six part series, which is 1/2 way through, sent me this image – her before and after with steps.
Ainslie started by viewing her Raw image in a thumbnail viewer rather than Bridge. She only shoot around 80 images per session and she rarely batch edits.
Her settings for this photo were:
Shutter Speed of 1/160
Aperture of f/4.5
Lens used: 70-200mm
Trigger for flash: pocket wizards
She then pick the image she wanted to process in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) and clicked open.
- She brought up the blacks to + 9, which added contrast.
- She adjusted the brightness up to +63.
- Then she brought it into Photoshop to clone out the pole behind standing boy, and the base of the trees/grass to stop distractions of the background.
- She also cloned light stand leg and cropped out light stand.
- Lastly she ran Portraiture by Imagenomic at the default opacity.
So as you can see – minus the cloning, which just takes a minute or two, this edit was super fast.
Here is the before:
And here is the after: