Tuesday, January 1, 2013
On-Location Portrait Fixes
Two ways to enhance portraits taken outside the studio
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In this column, I'll share techniques that you can use to add some color and drama to your portraits—techniques that can also make your pictures look more professional.
Here's the original RAW file that I used to created the opening image for this column. As you can see, it lacks strong color and needs a bit of cropping.
As an aside, I got the starburst effect by setting my aperture to ƒ/22. I carefully positioned the sun so that it was just peeking out from behind the cowboy's boot. I also carefully posed the cowboy and the horse so they were backlit. And, so the cowboy could be identified in the photograph, I asked him to look off to his right so that I got a strong profile in the image. Had he been looking at or away from the camera, he would have looked like any cowpoke.
In portraiture, one technique is to make the subject stand out from the background. In the field, we can do that by using a telephoto lens set at a wide aperture.
In the digital darkroom, we can quickly and easily blur the background using a variety of blur techniques and filters.
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