One of the things I do a lot is revisit photos and see something new in them. This time around I was looking of a photo of my model friend Manzanita and deciding what made it interesting. After I figured it out I went to work on stripping it down to it's bare essentials.

Sculpting

Image 1 - Original image.


Image 2 - Negative space is great, I love negative space in photos. However, when a model does an amazing job of posing, sometimes you have to pull the image in and pay homage. So I cropped the photo down to feature that. I then desaturated it to emphasize shape and shadow over colors. I cropped out the eyes to create mystery… it leaves you wanting to see more.

Image 3 - I decided to increase the glam of the photo by dodging and burning it out in CS6. I don't believe in using the contrast slider in Lightroom :) After I smoothed out some shadows and muddled spots on the face. I loved the softness in the lips so I also sharpened the lips and slightly saturated them to draw more attention to them.

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Why I love good models...

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First she did a good job of creating structure without looking to structured. Manzanita is a pretty stinkin fit girl. With muscular girls they have to be weary of looking masculine. By leading her shoulder in she released tension along her shoulder line to soften up her pose. 


At the same time this created nice leading lines. The angles catch highlights from the light source and draw a nice path to her face. Likewise the turn of her body allows the first point of interest to be her face on the right side of the photo. If you were to draw a shape with those lines, it would be a triangle with her face being the apex. Last by relaxing her jaw she kept the tension out of her face and made mouth look soft. I find that a lot of models think they have to be smiling or closed mouth… no. She also pushed her head towards the foreground to create a nice focal plane of her head and shoulder. 


Cheers!


 


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04/22/2014 4:18am

Now this is Informative writting

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01/16/2015 5:04am

Nothing wrong if I say that you are really a wonderful writer. You always raise the social causes in your article which is respectful and admirable for me as an individual.

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Your writing skills as well as the photography skills is become great because I see your photos its really great and read your article its also very much unique. I love the way you explained your article and thinking. These skills can make you famous person.

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04/13/2016 12:35am

Thanks, very useful tutorial about post production for me :)

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06/13/2016 11:17pm

This created really nice leading lines!

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04/14/2017 6:08pm

A usual person will surely appreciate this photo without knowing the real science behind this photo! People thought that being a photographer is just about capturing a photo. Of course, that's the main job. But to deliver quality photos, some photos might need to undergo post production process where photos can have its best versions. Just like this one, if without the post production works, this photo would be plain boring.

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