I recently posted these portrait images on Facebook and decided that I should also post them here, as I have been away from here for some time.

Going through some of my old files from 2008 I came across this portrait and wondered how I would approach it today with some hind sight. Back in 2008 I had strong beliefs that what’s in the camera stays for the integrity of the image. Fair call I guess. I couldn’t do much about the sign, the bar, leaves and cropping as I was shooting between two parked cars and couldn’t gain more space at the sides without the intrusion of the cars (cars tend to date a photo and it’s not my preference to include them).

I would have preferred more RH wall and leaves plus more window on the LHS, but not to be, so I photographed it as in the original here. I then produced a BW for the client.

These days I’m creating more pastel art portraits and I like them to be as minimalistic as possible, so the clutter of the elements needed to go.

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What you see in the above image is the camera cropping. The placement of the brother and sister was a calculated guess, but close enough, I just moved them along the seat to where it looked right. When I checked the Golden Triangle cropping aid in CS6, I decided not to change the cropping in post for the updated version. It was just the other elements needed attention.

The sign was distracting, but I wasn’t sure of copyright breaches either, so I removed it to be safe. The window on the left needed more window in my opinion at first, but when I removed it, I preferred the clear negative space. The bar above the brother and sister was also distracting and the window reflection was also improved.

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So there we have it, a more minimalistic soft art portrait. It was never about the documenting of the location.  I don’t have a problem changing the integrity of the scene when creating pastel art portraits. I’ll leave that for my black and white studies.

Until next time,

Cheers for 2015 


4 Responses to “PRE POST PRODUCTION”

  1. Qaseem Says:

    Terrific tutorial. Thanks

  2. Yuliya Says:

    great! Thank you!

  3. Endre Says:

    Fantastic tutorial and examples. It would be great also a dodge and burn postproduction tutorial, what kind of tools do you use for that? Are you using the photoshop default doge/burn tool, or some kind of layer technic?

  4. jay Says:

    I purchased your books and i am wondering / hoping you will have a video course on your technique.
    Is this in the works and ab how much will it be?

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