Working with natural light is one of my favourite techniques. Simplicity of the setup allows me to entirely focus on the subject and observe subtleties of the moment. Using only available light when shooting portraiture can be challenging at times, it often brings unexpected results - and that's exactly what makes photography a fascinating playground.
In the following series of videos combined together I will show you how to enhance an image taken with soft, natural light. The techniques I will present are universal - they are simply building blocks of a consistant, non-destructive workflow.
- image evaluation and preparation for the edit
- correcting model's shape with the Liquify Filter
- black & white conversion as part of the color toning process
- contrast adjustments with the Curves Tool
- targeted luminosity adjustments
- final touches & selective sharpening
Download the supporting files here and let's get started!
The video series is part of the "Portrait Photography Masterclass - Photoshop Pro Techniques" course.
The complete course covers:
- Easy ways to fix common issues including "flat" images, washed out sky, eyes obscured by shadow, low contrast, and lack of definition, details and/or texture
- How to artfully perform basic clean up on your subject's skin
- Useful techniques to pick out details and, in an intelligent way, sharpen selected areas in your photo
- Masterful techniques to get the most out of Photoshop’s powerful adjustment tool, Curves
- How to work with masks and seamlessly blend them
- An efficient and quick workflow based on Adjustment Layers
- A few simple steps to to apply targeted adjustments to make major improvements to your images
- The best way to increase distinction in your portraits and add drama
- “Non-destructive" techniques that will further enhance your images