My favorite season…my favorite colors! I couldn’t wait any longer to start editing my seasons with the warmth of fall.
All the following images were shot with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II and the Olympus 75 f/1.8. My shutter speed and ISO varied due to the constant change between shadows and light beams.
And now a couple before and afters! And yes, I did go a little crazy. But isn’t that the joy of photography? It is our art…we should love the end product!
Yes, that last image is not perfectly in focus. I tried to change aperture fast enough to get both in focus, but of course they moved. Hahaha! This is the only image that wasn’t shot “wide open”.
Right now it is a pretty ugly time of the year. Everything is dead or dying. The vibrant greens of summer foliage is gone, and all the flowering bushes are dormant. But if you live in an area like mine, stop for a minute. Look around…how many shades of brown do you see? Can you even count them? What about all the yellow and gold tones? The bits of green here and there are a deep rich hue. There is still beauty…you just have to look at things differently! For a photographer and artist…this is also a time to get creative with editing to bring out some of these shades even more brilliantly. I got asked to share some behind the scenes info about this session, so here we go! Also, I get no benefits for the places that I link. I am simply sharing what things work for me, I am nto advertising for anyone. Let’s start with my two “locations” (they are cell pictures and meant to be informative, not pretty. LOL). The first is just some dead grass around some chopped and left behind firewood….
The second is a large tree that a storm ripped out of the ground and dropped on top of my favorite flowering photo tree (which had to be chopped up and hauled away). But after getting over my original upset, I told my husband that the fallen tree had to stay…after all, it makes a pretty great photo prop! LOL!
I used my Nikon D810 and Sigma 85 1.4 lens. My setting pretty much stayed the same- F/1.4, ISO-64 (which was too low, I should have bumped it up a bit), and SS 1/640. These are all natural light, on a very over cast day (which is my favorite kind of day for photographing!).
I did hand edits on several of these images, but then I did have fun playing around with some different actions since this was meant to be a more creative session. Keep in mind these are not quick fix filters. These are tools! When you run an action, be sure to open the folder, turn off all the options and then slowly turn them back on and adjust to your liking. Check out Nikki Harrison’s Youtube channel for tips on hand edits and using actions. I see actions being marketed as a way to speed up workflow, but often they slow me down simple because I like to go back and forth and paint bits off my subject. Like a painter that enjoys playing with mixing different colored paints. This first is a kind of blooper shot, but made me laugh. I did hand edits and then used an action called “Romancing The Stone”.
The next images I played with an action called “Anthony & Cleopatra”. I rarely use it…but for the images I do need it for….Wow! Talk about a pop!
For the following image I used an action called “Amanda” .
I use Chasing Light Actions the most, but I do own quite a few other sets. This one was edited using the Editorial Collection by Greater Than Gatsby.
These were edited using a mix of actions (mainly Chasing Light and Greater Than Gatsby)-
Notice those last two have sun flares. Those were added in Photoshop. Remember it was a completely overcast day, so I wanted to improvise to show off all those beautiful tones. You can find sunbeams and sun flares on Etsy and many different websites. HERE is a tutorial that is pretty easy to follow for those that are new to this :). It starts around the three minute mark! She also sells a nice set of sun flares.
Okay, so now a before and after of my favorite from this session! The top is the image prior to any editing (other then small adjustments for example to exposure since I should have kicked up my ISO a bit). I shoot in RAW, so my images are very boring SOOC (straight out of camera), and I have to edit them to make them appear as they do to the human eye…or how I imagine the world around me in my head 😉
Hope that was somehow helpful to someone! Have a lovely weekend!
I have all sorts of backdrops in all different colors and patterns, but one of my most favorites is called “Pecan”. It is a huge paper roll that is easily ripped off and changed out when it gets dirty (my kids love coloring on the scraps as well!). Once I have the pecan roll up….well, it is hard not to just keep using it over and over! I have to force myself to swap the backgrounds. So yesterday I did three little Lykoi boys on Pecan with two different quick prop setups.
Now for those still learning about the Lykoi breed, Lykoi kittens are born fully coated like a regular barn cat. As they grow, the coat falls out and they grow back in an outer coat with the roan pattern. All these boys are siblings from the same litter. But this little guy below just hasn’t decided to grow back in very much hair! I cannot decide if he looks like a kitten, a rat, or Smeagol! LOL!
I shot with my Nikon D810 and Sigma 35 1.4 Art Lens. The settings were f/8, ISO-80, Shutter Speed 1/100. I used three flash units. I have attached a horrible cellphone picture of my tiny studio with the lights set up. This was for the over head shot (the first image in this post). After I shot that image I lowered the two units with soft boxes so that they were a little more level with my subjects. The Pecan backdrop is found HERE. The wreath is a $10 wreath from the Dollar General…and it shed twigs like crazy! Normally I would have located a nicer more realistic quality, but this is all I could get today! Look for props where ever you are…Inspiration is everywhere!