Camera and Lens Used: Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L
ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed:Settings: 1/1250 sec; f/1.2; ISO 200
Software Used: Photoshop
Actions/Presets Used: Magic Skin Photoshop Actions, Inspire Photoshop Actions
Extra Details: Edits: Opened RAW file in ACR for basic adjustments, opened in CS6 and went into quick mask mode to do selective editing using levels layer. Used Actions from MCP Inspire, ran Brilliant Base, Epic, Sun-Drenched, Sweet: Brown, Multi Matte, Manual Color Switcher (changed up some colors in the trees); opened the folders up and adjusted layers to taste. For the background I manually ran Iris Blur once and MCP Magic Skin twice; adjusted both to taste. Ended with dodging the creases on both subjects and Inspire’s Precision Sharp on selective parts of the subjects. I did a lot of playing around trying to get that smooth background. When I applied the Iris Blur filter I felt like I still wasn’t getting that look I was after, so I tried the MCP Magic Skin, ran it twice and painted only on the background.
Image Title: Trick For Smoothing Background
By: Amanda Johnson
Studio: Amanda Johnson Photography