As many of you know, I’ve been offering one-on-one online and in-person photography and photo editing mentoring since the beginning of this year. I’ve been overwhelmed and humbled by the incredible response and interest. I was recently asked to be one of the monthly giveaway sponsors over at EW Couture Collection where I donated an online mentoring session and my companion editing manual. Coming this Sept. or Oct. I will be offering another free mentoring session over at The Creative Mama. In addition, sometime in the coming months, there will be one more free mentoring session giveaway through The Savvy Photographer. These giveaways are always announced on my Facebook page, to keep in the loop about these and other giveaway opportunities, make sure you are a “liker” of Michelle Kane Photography. I truly believe that by giving, you receive. These past several months since I started the mentoring and completed the Wine Country Photography Workshop in California, I’ve come to realize how much I truly love sharing what I know about photography and especially editing with others. The feedback has been so encouraging and inspiring. It’s been incredible meeting other like minded, creative people from around the world. Honestly, I’ve gained so much myself from these mentoring sessions.
One of the things I walked away from the workshop realizing is just how valuable one-on-one learning really is. Sure, the workshop was an amazing and positive experience in a fantastically beautiful location and the synergy that was created among all the ladies that attended was undeniable. But, in a group setting like that, there’s never enough time to address all the specific needs of each individual person; to really hone in on what each of them needs and cover the massive ground of editing for a group with disparate knowledge. This really hit home to me and simply reinforced my belief in how valuable a one-on-one, in-person workshop or online mentorship really is. It’s just you and me. All your questions addressed. It’s based on and designed with your specific needs in mind. There is so much more to be gained by having a learning experience tailored specifically for you. If you think mentoring sounds like something that would benefit you and your business, please click on the mentoring icon at the top of the blog for more details, then email me for specifics. I’m booking about 1.5 months in advance.
With all that in mind, I think it’s important to feature some before and after images here on the blog more regularly. So, beginning today, I’ll be posting before and after edit shots once a week with a little info on them. Hope you enjoy them, I know I always find before and afters fascinating and informative, even without explanation.
EXIF: 70-200 2.8 lens • 1/320 • f/3.2 • 80mm • ISO 640 • distance of 2.5 meters from subject.
During post processing, the image was warmed up to give an ethereal feel, keeping the greenery from becoming grossly vibrant and distracting. Focus is brought to the subject with a darker, softer background that fades away. Using a long lens and a wide aperture helps to create that feel. Cropping is essential and this crop places her nearly in the rule of thirds, creating a pleasing composition.
I was asked why I shot at such a high ISO. (640 on the Mark2 isn’t really a problem when exposed correctly) In order to have an acceptable shutter speed for a moving baby (believe me, she bobbled a lot) and an aperture that was almost wide open, the ISO had to be that high to expose properly. Shooting people in shade and underexposing will result in nasty grain and grey noise on their skin that isn’t easy to PS away. I ETTR (expose to the right) when shooting, because it gives nicer, creamier skin tones in post. — hope that helps.
Please let me know if these before and afters are something you’d like to see more of. Your comments and feedback are what bolster me to what to share. Thanks!!!