Get The Shot Studios - Photography by Mark Whitehead

BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE STUDIO
PHOTOGRAPHY & RETOUCHING

STUDIO SESSION WITH SIMON DAMBORG

PORTRAIT COMPOSITE LIGHTROOM/PHOTOSHOP BREAKDOWN

For this shoot concept I wanted to create a unique, dramatic image for Simon. My goal was to develop a creative lighting scenario in the studio that would blend well with the environment I was going to create for him in Photoshop. In addition, I also had Simon go outside and stand in the rain for a few minutes to have some real raindrops on his suit and create that natural "wet" "dewy" look on his skin.

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SIMON (THOR) DAMBORG - STUDIO PORTRAIT SESSIO

IN STUDIO PORTRAIT STRAIGHT OUT OF CAMERA:

SIMON (THOR) DAMBORG - STUDIO PORTRAIT SESSION

Once we had the initial foreground portrait plate to work with the session was over and the rest was up to me. I waited for a cloudy day and went up to the top floor of the studio to shoot the background plate below. When shooting a composite image it is very important to make sure the angle of the camera and focal length are consistent.

SIMON (THOR) DAMBORG - STUDIO PORTRAIT SESSION

Now that I had my two main composite plates to work with it was time to start the retouching process.

RETOUCHING/COMPOSITING WORKFLOW & TECHNIQUES

  • Initial RAW Processing in Lightroom 5
  • Dynamic link to Photoshop CC for compositing
  • Portrait plate extraction using pen tool, channels and layer masks
  • Skin and body retouching using frequency separation and liquify
  • Rain and fog created with custom brushes and blending modes
  • Cinematic colour grading using curves and blending modes
  • Dodge and Burn with neutral grey layers and blending modes
  • High pass filter created for details enhancement
  • Save and dynamic link back to Lightroom 5
  • Final colour and lighting tweaks in Lightroom 5

ACTING/MODELING HEADSHOTS


SIMON (THOR) DAMBORG - STUDIO PORTRAIT SESSION SIMON (THOR) DAMBORG - STUDIO PORTRAIT SESSION

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