Before and After
Lighting and post production
This is all about the way we work. This simple before and after perfectly depicts the difference between an ambient light shot taken at the start of the shoot, muddy, flat and lack lustre and a lit, fully retouched finished version as sent to the client. Eight lights were used in total in this shot. Three from outside to emphasise the low light and set the tone. Then each area of the shot has its own light to perfectly show the detail, colour, shape and textures that really make this shot sing. The image is then taken through several stages of post production from colour and tonal tweaks in Capture One Pro then through to the final stages in Photoshop. It's never a case of levels and curves adjustments for me. I layer up the image and treat as a hand print pulling out texture and detail in localised shadow & highlight areas. Lastly the retouch. This involves removing any visible glitches or defects in the image that might distract the viewer. The resulting image has great colour density, texture you can almost feel, and a quality of light that gives the whole shot character even though its effectively an empty bar.