I am writing today to share some notes on some editing I have had to do on portrait photography. Often the pictures taken in a given photo shoot are merely fodder for later retouching. This means whatever photo grab takes place on a given day is what the photo editors for the rest of creation have to work with. The stylists and makeup artists should keep in mind the end sum is not just that day’s effects. But all too often people forget that.
Digital flash features were designed to give flexibility to the built-in flash that trapped photographers in a miasma of overlighting and red-eye image batches, or dark shadowy mysteries. A modern camera today will have a motorized zoom lens. This feature ironically costs battery life to run. Feeding a lens motor may cost you ideal photographic windows of opportunity.
Getting the whole shot in to the camera is half the fun, but a shot densely packed with objects just isn’t fun or interesting to some people. Concentrate on a certain element or tableaus within the shot. Crop to make this the entire subject of the shot. Sharpen and edge in a contrasting color, fuzzing the background or bringing up the color as needed.
Find color where it is hidden. Look inside new areas to find utility and subject matter while providing color and interest. this image was taken from the back of a industry truck, while shooting a movie. The cable and cords must have some exact function, and some reason the colors are all different. This is what makes this picture interesting.
There is no rule in photography that your constant angle is the best one. Lighting settings on cameras and the diffudion and shadows cast by light change as the angle to the lens, mirrors, and camera changes. Work the difference to grab the shot. Find ways to alter camera setting, angle, and shutter speed to provide options.