You know, I’ve been thinking about charging for my secrets! I mean, how many doctors will operate for free? How many lawyers do pro bono? How many photographers just give their secrets away? But since I haven’t paid for lessons (I’m a bit cheap, I admit) I guess that wouldn’t be fair. A lot of photographers DO give their secrets away. And I am forever indebted to them; Serge Ramelli, Matt Kloskowski, Scott Kelby, Phil Steele, Julianne Kost, Joe Giordano, Stacy Fischer…. I can’t list them all without being afraid of leaving someone out. So , thanks to every photographer I follow, who has followed me, and who has given me examples to steal from and/or comments to learn from. I owe you all.
Your check is in the mail
So as for what I’ve done here. Well, I was pretty darn proud of myself before I checked out everyone else. My workflow always starts out the same whether it is my own image or someone else’s. I open in Lightroom and, under Basic, there are 4 sliders. I open the shadows and bring down the highlights, then adjust the whites and blacks so that they barely show up on the histogram. Then I will adjust contrast and color. I am starting to veer away from heavily saturated colors but this one called out to me as soon as I saw the clouds that appeared once I started playing around. So I went into Split tones and added blue and yellow. From here I exported into Perfect Effects 9 and added sharpness, clarity, and a gradiant filter to throw the background very slightly out of focus. Then I added a radial filter around the seesaw in the foreground to highlight that area. And that’s about it.
The image above is courtesy of Shane Francescut of The Weekly Minute. I was so excited when I first saw this image that I couldn’t wait to work on it and I admit I’ve been sitting on it for almost a month waiting for May 1. So here it is Shane. Hope I did you justice.
There is nothing more to read.
I am done.