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Retouching

As promised in this post I will try to describe the retouching done on 'Castle Of Dreams'

Below you can find already my layers pallete in Photoshop CS6

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Image1

As you can see it's a lot of layers and impossible to describe them all. I will try to summarize, if there should be any questions feel free to contact me.

 - RAW CONVERTIONS

We used two images in total to generate one total image. In the raw conversion program (Capture One) we tried to get the most details out of the RAW images. Later on we masked them in, so we get one composed image.

- CLEANUP BACKGROUND/SETTING - STRAIGHTEN THE IMAGE/PERSPECTIVE

After those three processes I started cleaning up the model herself. Using the regular healing brush to remove all blemishes on her skin.

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- DRESS/CURTAINS/OVERAL FEELING

Since we wanted to create a very dreamy feeling you will see in the layer pallet a lot of Toning/Light layers, all this was used to give a very even toning and light atmosphere.

Creating the light was not that hard, we just used an adjustement layer gradient, put it from white to transparant, and put it to Radial instead of lineair, and placed it where we wanted it. For instance, under her arms, near the windows.

DODGE  & BURN

We did some dodging and burning, but being used for the contouring of the image, not so much as for pixel level D&B. More to emphasize even more the shadouws and highlights.

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EXTRA SMOKE/FOG

To create an even more dreamy image we tried to create a smoke and fog effect as seen in the layer pallet.

HAIR

For the hair we used hair from an other image from her, to cover up the parts that could not be visible in this image.

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EXTRA DETAILS/TEXTURE

For the extra details in the image we used the plugin from Nik software, namely Detail Extractor, we used it a few times to create the effect on the walls and in the dress.

SHARPEN

In the end we did an overal sharpening of the image to make sure on the web it was sharp and not blurry (keeping the compression from facebook in mind)

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Got Questions, please let me know!

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Walktrough "Castle Of Dreams"

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Walktrough "Castle Of Dreams"

Castle Of Dreams, creation

As you can see, all the images above where made from the same angle and perspective. All on a tripod to make sure the compositing part in the end was not to big of a deal.

Hello All It's been a while since I've updated my blog again, so here I'll make it up to you.

Last w  eek, we decided to do another 'Project'! Below I'll give you a sneek peak of the proces we went trough when creating this image. It was made of multiple exposures, and later in the retouching part, all composed together.

As you can see below, we started with a empty room in a castle, and we've built the entire set and customized it to our own taste. Big thanks to Photographyves (assistant) and Tinneke Geenen (styling) for helping me out that day. 


Tec  hnical Part: The shutter speed used for the shot with only the dress was 1 sec on ISO 200 with a diafragma of f11. Camera was a Nikon D700 + 24-70mm f2.8Later we added the deep octa right in front of her, to create an even light, to make sure later in the compositing part we had not to much contrast, because we wanted to create a romantic, dreamy atmosphere.

Later this week I will go over the retouching of this image, since i know a lot of you out there are really interesting in this part.

Got questions about this, feel free to contact me!

 

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High Fashion Workshop

Hello Everyone A while ago, after a lot of people convinced me to start giving workshops I finally decided to make the jump and start doing so. So that's the reason for this new blogpost.

 

A few months before all of this started a Hungarian Playmate got in contact with me, and decided to come to Belgium, because she wanted to do a shooting with me, with the idea she needed more images for her new website. We did the shooting, the images were awesome, we created a high contrasty, dark, edgy kinda atmosphere in the images.

She went back to Hungary and later on, a new Playmate contacted me because she totally loved my style of images, and my style of shooting. So after some long back and forward chatting trough facebook, we decided it was time to let her come to Belgium, and immediately we did a workshop with her.

Now after two workshops we already did, here is a graphic overview from the last workshop we had, the High Fashion Workshop.

Big thanks goes out to Filip Bunkens (www.pitslamp.com) for assisting me during the workshop and taking some Behind The Scenes Shots! Also a big thanks to the model of the day Tunde Fekete, our makeup artist Violette Oxa, and Michael Wauman, who was in charge of the styling.

Soon there will be a new update coming up with the results of that day. 

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