So yeah I’ve got my show coming up on Saturday if you’re in East Texas come see me at 6:30 at A&E Garden Gallery and Gifts in downtown Kilgore. wWe’re also going to livestream so if you can’t go there’s your chance to see my opening hello. I’m Jamie Maldonado, welcome to Camera Insecura … by request I’m going to do an editing walkthrough. I guess it’s not a tutorial … don’t take this as a tutorial I probably do things in an awkward way sometimes this is more of a big picture thing. I edited everything in Lightroom Classic CC and finish it up in Photoshop that’s not Universal my journalism work will a lot of times begin in end in lightroom and that’s pretty great. weddings also have a tendency to do that. Today we’re going to do my normal workflow for my fine art photography. i’m going to edit a photo i took last week with Dani and we’re going to edit it and see how it goes … See what you think. what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna open in lightroom and we’re gonna join that in progress like I said this isn’t a tutorial but think of it as a walkthrough to just show my process I guess so we’re joining this … We’re just doing some basic color correction do a white balance on that sign because it’s the purest white the white of the building’s a little yellowed. Now I’m just placing my color in the right place. I used a tungsten gel – and by the way – I’m doing option and click on the lights and black sliders to get black and white points. it’s important for getting it the right exposure you can see that on the histogram the histogram is actually pretty nice for such a dark picture at least in my opinion I guess. but I shot with a slight orange gel in this flash and that’s why she’s so warm but I put it on my somewhat tungsten color balance and that’s what gives it that cool ambient light with a warm light on her and here I’m just doing some basic dodging and burning and setting my curves and I forgot Yeah, the audio is a wreck here. Dunno how it happened. I just said I forgot to set color profiles and to make sure you don’t make halos around things with adjustments. You can see it some with a lot so turning it on and off which can be done on the little buttons on the top left of each panel in Lightroom or by turning off layers and doing before-and-afters in Photoshop. and here I’m messing with the vignette trying to draw attention to the subject really try and make things dramatic I was trying to color the shadows which didn’t do a whole lot but doing split toning on the shadows and it kind of biasing the split toning toward the shadows helps me push that tungsten tungsten film look what you would do is she was like an orange gel with tungsten slight balance slide film and tungsten balanced light film is very blue to offset the orange tungsten look so you would set your balance for four you would you would make your subject balanced like tungsten light but leave the other lighting like daylight balanced and create a super blue look and I didn’t go extremely for that but I went for a hint of it I think I had a quarter cut CTO gel on the strip box I was using you can see that in my previous entry. here I’m dodging and burning warm brightening her legs a little bit. I could have possibly made them brighter but I liked the fall-off the kind of spot on her and here is a little before and after. you can see what I’ve done already and now I’m going to do just a little bit of Correction trying to reduce the contrast a bit which the color profile might have fixed. I’m not completely sure … Here I am opening it in Photoshop … well actually I cancelled it and decided to reopen it to darken that bright spot on on her chest a little bit just because I felt like it was brighter than her face and distracting so I am doing a little spot correction by the way thing I like most about those thing I like most about the VSCOCam presets is their brush presets those are the best features of that set and they’re kind of one of the most undervalued and unsung aspects. and so I brighten her face a little bit and I’m about to bring that up in Photoshop doing a little more fine-tuning with the curves in Photoshop. we’re moving a toothbrush stain from Dani’s dress here And before you retouch someone …before you publicly…. you should probably ask their permission. and I asked Dani’s permission. She kindly graced me with it and so keep that in mind: don’t don’t go smoothing skin or especially using liquify in front of people without having some consideration for the subject. I make heavy use of the patch retouching tool and here you’ll see I’m just using the geometric shapes and lines of these buildings to hide these people. it’s a trick I like to use and we’re about to really use that in a minute right here. I just tinkered with the address to obscure it more because the owner of this body shop is very nice but I didn’t want him to be inundated with photographers if people just happen to like this spot … and here is where I mentioned the geometric thing and this is where mice come in very handy. I am cloning and highlighting and using the preview of the clone tool to hover over and create a good line he has to be careful not to make like wavy lines but if you work with it in sometimes if use liquify you can correct it and just tapping it in a little bit at a time using the the lines in geometric shapes to hide my work basically so you saw that … I took the picture I made sure to aim the sign in a way that I could edit like this knowing that I would be able to use these features to replace that. look at things down and doing a little before and after on the sign of the people going to every touch little things here and there Maggie my dog actually jumped in my lap right here it kind of goes wonky now …find my way back to the sign the street name and that’s why you save a lot because what you just saw there was the thing crashing. I would have lost that edit… That’s my tutorial for this: click command s ctrl s if you’re on Windows I don’t know if save often and so it takes a minute to save but it’s just a good save point and try to put up with it you can work through saves you see the people the street sign, address, and a little alarm sign… I removed this little blemish on Dani’s leg. I like some of them but some of them I found distracting that scratch I didn’t find distracting found it part of her personality and she has this a really cool beetle tattoo which will tackle in a minute. I’m going to do a thing called frequency separation and here’s where we talk about liquify. liquify is heavily used in the magazine and fashion industry to make people unrealistically like skinny I do not think Dani’s legs are in any way unattractive in this photo I do think they are unrealistically warped somewhat by lens distortion and of note you have to be careful when you’re messing with the edges as you will see in a minute that I left a little gap at the bottom and now to make sense in a second but… I basically undid the lens distortions effect on her legs making one leg especially appear larger than the other. Dani is an incredibly beautiful woman and she does not need and retouching but the camera makes some things look different and that’s when a technique like this is handy … like right I’m showing you here — frequency separation — it’s just a way of separating the aspects of the photo between this texture layer and a color layer which is the one below it though it’s a blurred layer and I do this it’s a favorite for retouching … it’s great for skin retouching and here I’m just doing some patches and general retouching make sure you’re set to current layer only and just smoothing out the texture of face which once again is it’s not unattractive or in any way imperfect it’s just the camera and lighting and the fact that you’re looking a three-dimensional person in a two-dimensional space as effects on our appearance and can make this look ways that we don’t when we see see each other with our own eyes … and once again she gave me permission to retouch her and I don’t believe there’s anything to be ashamed of in here anyway but just in case you’re worried that I am making a misstep. here you see how it gives an almost soft focus effect to the face … very subtly I’m just looking for areas of smooth sometimes the hair is – on medium format – on arms just look a little too sharp … her legs are in the shadow and they got kind of splotchy when I was brightening them in here I’m just smoothing out that texture that I pulled out when I was brightening her legs and and they were in the shadows and just they don’t look like this in person … and there’s that gap you see that little gap from my liquefying you have to be really careful for things like that in here I’m just using a clone stamp trying my best to blend in using tactics that you saw me use on that sign and a lot of retouching a lot of times is kind of like painting you have to just blend things… if you know how to paint you could be a pretty decent retoucher… and here I’m sampling colors and and trying to try to unify the color of her legs just to remove distraction and in shadows and I just generally smooth the appearance that I created and we’ll do a little bit more dodging and burning as well … just sculpting her legs basically … and here is where we approach the beetle and I begin covering it up with the little skin color and you need to be very mindful that the way lighting and things work is that you you could sample in any five points of her legs and get five different colors … some darker some lighter so you need to sample as close as you can get to those and I also turn the opacity down on my brush to do that so this is why I like frequency separation. I remove the beetle texture on one picture and then just color it out on the next as long as I maintain that gradiation on the edge of her leg the trickiest part is the detail of the tattoo on that edge of her leg with the softer background and I’m zoomed in like something like three hundred percent. When you retouch you can go like fifty percent I think as a number you don’t necessarily have to zoom in to like three hundred percent when you retouch sometimes it’s just unrealistic and think of the viewing size and the print size and you might be able to save yourself a headache on a retouching and it just helps you blend. You saw how I just used patches and blending and frequency separation to hide her tattoo and the reason we hid the tattoo … here I’m doing some dodging burn to kind of draw it in and using the patch to continue to blend in my areas… but the reason we decided to remove the tattoo is that it’s a strong identifying feature and we decided oh we get to work together a lot and she would be the same character so to speak with that tattoo no matter what wig or clothes we put on her but with wigs and if we cover the tattoo it makes it easier for us to to make her a different person. Here I’m doing some dodge and burn adding some drama to the sky … blending her legs a little bit more just generally sculpting the light is what dodging and burning is and that’s a technique I learned in a darkroom actually and when I first learned Photoshop I didn’t know anything about curves or levels or anything and I would I would approach a photo in a very similar way to what you would do in a darkroom and Photoshop is much more darkroom based than you would ever guess and we’re looking at some befores and afters here of all the things I’ve done this is nearing the end of the edit but not quite at the end of the Edit and [This is out of order, but useful information about selective colors] here I’m doing some color tweaking which I’m doing since I have got the retouching settled I’m selecting skin tones with color the color selection color range selection and then I inverted it so that it would do everything but skin tones and now I’m adding the greenish tint to the shadow colors and now I’m pretty pleased with their skin tone to be honest it’s a nice warm slightly desaturated color … I’d like to thank Dani again for being a completely amazing model and I look forward to working with her more thanks for checking this out. I hope you learned something let me know if you have more questions please ask! Fun things are happening I will see you saturday on the live stream or I will see you Monday or you can catch the live stream on another day or whatever anyway see ya!