Fantasy Retouching

Yesterday, my sister and I did a brief fantasy-inspired shoot for Impulse. She shot, and I handled the retouching. I thought it would be neat to post some split frames of the frames almost straight out of camera and after I had played with them.


This first one was had the most layers on it. I also had the highest dynamic range of the three which made it the most complicated.








This one was my favorite from the shoot. Still has a lot of color work, but is most subtle of the group. This is supplemented by a tighter dynamic range. One unique feature of this retouch is that it has a split tone in a sense. The center of the image is a bit warmer than the edges, which, with any luck, draws you towards the center of the image.


JES_5361colorThis one I also like quite a bit. It has the most localized color work–the bricks, the ground and subject. It is definitely the darkest and most ominous of the bunch.


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And here is, in the order they appear above the adjustments for each of them. If you look, you’ll see it’s largely a lot of color work in the form of curves adjustments. I like to do my color work by playing with the individual channel options.


See the full photos here



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