I am a Photoshop guy who is finding a lot of love in Lightroom. I would say that about 80% of my work goes from LR (or CR) into Photoshop for finishing. But the other 20% is done totally in Lightroom.
Briana and I did this shoot last year for some new portfolio pieces. She had this cool, crazy outfit and I wanted an urban setting for the shot.
I used a single softlighter at 1.5 stops brighter than ambient for a pool of light effect.
I chose three that I liked:
I chose the middle one to do the Lightroom work on. I may come back and do the third one in black and white at some point.
Below is the Lightroom work I did. Simple and easy, and somewhat subtle… but then subtle may be all you need.
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I was aiming for a clean catalog feel.
We shot this image at high noon in a football field. I used an Einstein F13 in a Softlighter without the sock for fill. I also used a -3f stop ND filter on my 85mm F1.8 to get the blue sky and blurred background.
I was shooting at F5.6. 1/125, ISO 100.
For post processing, I processed the RAW file in Capture One to dial in color balance, contrast, exposure, clarity, structure and sharpness. I then uploaded the image to CS6, denoised with Nik Dfine, softened the skin in Imagenomic Portraiture, balanced contrast in Nik Color Fx Pro Contrast and pre-sharpened in Nik software.
Lately I have been importing my edited psd files into LR5 and exporting JPGs at the appropriate size.
The assignment was to photograph some pills and bottle for a drop in to another shot.
- Parameters for the shot? White background…..that’s it. My thought process for this shot was how can I make this even a little bit interesting
- What type of shadows do I want and
- What kind of specular/highlight do I want.
To this end I chose a brightly colored bottle and pills…more interesting than solid white pills.
I then used a softbox close to subject to soften shadows and a small strip light on a speedlight to give long specular highlights and help show shape of the pills.
(I actually started with a Gary Fong diffuser instead but the specular was round and small and didn’t help show the shape. Below you can see how the highlights from a small, round light do not help the presentation of the pills.)
A BTS of the Fong Lighting: