When shooting on a gray background, the nice thing is it is easily detachable in Photoshop to subtly adjust. Here I went for quite a bit of subtle post-processing : ProRetouch from Totally Rad (not affiliated but I love their subtle actions), then in the second pass a Sean Archer action. The latter gives some subtle extra lights and less smooth background (actually requiring you to more or less shoot on a 50% gray backdrop) . With lovely model Simone.
I shot with Marion a week ago, over the course of a few hours in a park. Later we got back to the car, which was standing underneath a bridge with beautifully painted walls. We took some more photographs with the colorful backgrounds.
The camera was the Canon 6D mark I and the lens was the Canon 24-70 L (mark I as well). I mostly shoot wide open for the bokeh to be soft, so f/2.8 in this case.
Postprocessing was done using Radlab Pro Retouch: Skin Foundation, Hair Blonde Shine. Some dodge & burn on the cheeks, sharpening the eyes a little bit (and making them slightly lighter). Then a tiny bit of Nik Analog Efex Pro 2 for the vignette and slight structure enhancement. Plus one of the awesome IWLTBAP (I Would Like To Be A Pony, no really) color grading schemes. This color grade was Aspen.
It may sound like much processing, but the effect all-in-all is rather subtle compared to what I started with. Just to give it more punch, more focus on the eyes and face.
The last one I’ll post in 2016. This is another one from Rachel. I’ve lifted the brightness around her eyes a little bit (hats are always detrimental to areas around the face), added a bit of clarity and provided the background with a Sean Archer-type of grungy texture.
2016 has been a good year, hopefully for you too, all the best for 2017! Less musicians dying hopefully, and more love to overcome frustration in the world.