Maleficent (part two of two) (see oen of one here)
D800, ISO64, Sigma Art 35mm, F3.2, 1/80sec
Photoshop is a 4 letter word.
Photoshop is a tool. It’s not evil, or good. It’s not responsible for our body image issues and self esteem problems, for that, there’s a lot of blame to go around and I may write about that one day but for now. Photoshop is a tool and this is about how I use that tool from time to time.
I do a lot of photography from Weddings, Events, Fashion ect but I only “really” break out photoshop in all it’s glory when I want to create works of fantasy like with the above Maleficent photoshoot. When I was shooting I knew that i was going to be modifying it quite a bit so my mindset goes from capturing a beautiful image to capturing the raw elements that I’ll need to make a beautiful image in the future.
01 Raw Image. (original)
Always shoot in Raw format. It keeps all delicious image info that you’ll need when processing the image in Lightroom and exporting to photoshop as I did here.
Once in photoshop I start with the physical edits, correcting blemishes and adjusting make-up and props. I do as much as i can here and then flatten the image again to speed up the following steps.
02 Subject layer
This is where things start to take shape. I used primarily curves layer adjustment and masks (you’ll see this a lot) to dodge and burn adding more depth to the subject and to help bring her out from the background. As well this is always useful when photographing latex to give that material it’s pop.
We had a fog machine! I promise but the wind was too strong and the machine too finicky. So once again using primarily curves and layer masks I drew in some fog to help separate the subject from the background, add some mood and help bring out the layout I saw when shooting. Framing Munificent between the fallen trees.
04 Colour Grading
The final look at feel was accomplished using…you guessed it, Curves! and Hue/Saturation. I used this still
from the movie as inspiration and matched the colours in the shadows and again in the highlights to achieve the final look. End results, something menacing emerging from a forbidden forest I think was achieved.
Marika of Kink Engineering: Costume creation / MUA
Vudu Juju: Talented talent and awesome nerdy nerd.
Ego Assassin: Dress making geniuses
Me: Photographer, pusher of camera and keyboard buttons.
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