Today’s before + after image comes from one of my very favorite mentees, John Michael of Images by John Michael. I’ve gotten to know John Michael quite well over the past several months during our mentoring sessions. He really is a breath of fresh air… down to earth, kind as they come and one of my biggest cheerleaders. There is such an ease talking with John Michael, whether it’s about shooting, the business, technical stuff or our faith, I can always count on him to be uplifting and positive and I appreciate him so much.
This image is one of the last images we worked on. There are a number of ways this edit could have gone… light and airy, super dark and moody (which we did a version of in our session together) or somewhere in between the two, which is what I’ve posted here. There was definite color to work with and bring out, but the light in the upper right corner coming up over the building and the existing rim of light on her hair led me to think more along the lines of streaming light coming down over her shoulder. Therefore, I played it up and created a gentle stream of light coming down, spotlighting the subject. As I mentioned in the before and after post from yesterday, I strive to find light or lighter areas and play them up, using them to my advantage by directing the viewer’s eye and adding more depth and dimension to an image. The colors were given a pop and the focus was drawn closer into the beautiful subject by darken the background, but not going too dark, which would have been too unbelievable and out of place.
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