I thought it would be fun to start featuring some of the before and after images from my online mentoring sessions. I’ve had the privilege of working with dozens of photographers from around the world, to help them better understand photo editing and workflow with both Lightroom and Photoshop. Mentees send me a handful of their SOOC images to discuss, breakdown and edit durning our session. It’s interesting never knowing what images I’ll receive. I’ve found that it really is different editing someone else’s image. People all shoot differently, see light differently and of course edit in their own way. It’s a fun challenge to take another’s image and put my spin on it, all the while, explaining my reasoning and mindset on how I look at an image during the editing process, why I do what I do, the technicalities of executing the edit and so forth. Today’s image comes from Lannie Elton of Elton Film and Images in Utah. While her SOOC image was underexposed, it afforded the richness of the deep colors to be maintained. Deep, rich jewel tones always photograph nicely against a green outdoor setting and when edited right, the colors simply pop. My vision for this image was to create a more dynamic image with color pop and detail in her clothing, whilst allowing the deep green of the background to anchor the image, popping the subject forward. I accentuated light areas of the background for interest, so as to not be left with a plain-jane dark green and predictable background. In editing, I’m always searching for ways to play up the light that is already there. Finding the highlights and bringing them out creates a feeling of depth and even a touch of surrealism, which I personally like (if done right).
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