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How We Shot It | The Barbie Named Beverly

How We Shot It | The Barbie Named Beverly

This apparently will be my first blog on my official website since the launch of it on 19 Sept. 2017. That been said, I will like to use this medium to appreciate every of my supporters, fans and well wishers who value my craft. Thank you for your support! Every one of you inspire me to do more and work harder. Cheers!

In this blog post, I will be going into details of how I shot the collaborative shoot I had with Beverly Osu and Makeup Artist/Hairstylist/Designer @thatgirldami

PREPARATION & IMPLEMENTATION

Like every photographer or creative should know, detailed preparation is paramount for any successful shoot. We outlined our concepts and created a moodboard. @thatgirldami is an exceptional artist who loves to explore colours on dark skin and I actually agreed to be a part of the shoot, on seeing her works, because I was intrigued on how she majestically plays with colors. Took a few screenshots from her page to be included in the moodboard.

During the planning phase, we included other ideas/concepts to work on, which is the ‘Free Yourself’ series on my Instagram page, which I might probably blog on later.

LIGHTING

I decided to go with natural light for this concept because I love the natural and pristine emotion that comes with natural light. I opted for just the 5-in-1 reflector to reduce shadows in specific areas on the face.

MAKEUP

We wanted the makeup subtle as possible because of the purple colour of the hair. We opted for a nude lip, natural skin and purple ‘eyeliner’ (I stand to be corrected). Beverly has an amazingly flawless skin so the makeup didn’t take too long.

GEARS & EXIF METADATA

My go-to kit is the Nikon D850 and Nikon 85mm 1.8. My EXIF details are 1/125secs @ F5.0, ISO 800.

We intended to have the shoot at about 4pm to record some golden lights but unfortunately we lost the light before we came out for the shoot at about 6pm. Had to shoot at 5300K to record some warmth, though I had to crank that up later on in LR. Shooting at that hour without strobe made me increase the ISO to 800 too. I chose to shoot at F5.0 rather than a shallower depth of field because I wanted to record a good deal of details on the subject face.

After all, the images came out great and we ended the shoot happy and fulfilled.

POST PRODUCTION

I have 2 stages of post production: 1.) Preparing images for retouching in Lightroom (LR);

2.) Detailed Retouching in Photoshop (PS).

LIGHTROOM: Preparing Image for Retouching

Basically, I go through all the sliders in LR to prepare my image for retouching but for these particular set of images, I already got a perfect image from camera. What I had to do was change my Profile to Camera Standard in the Camera Calibration panel.

I also cranked up the White Balance from 5300K to 6176K because I wanted a warmer feel.

PHOTOSHOP: Retouching

Before retouching, 90% of the final outcome of an image is already determined in my head. I just get to Photoshop and follow a particular workflow I’ve been using for a while now.

My workflow starts from BLEMISH REMOVAL using the healing brush on an empty layer. Blemishes are basically imperfections that distracts, like pimples, stray hairs, red veins in eyes et al.

Secondly, I created a FREQUENCY SEPARATION group containing two layers – High frequency (texture layer) and Low Layer (colour layer).

I created an empty layer in between the HF and LF layers. I used the Mixer Brush to blend in tones in the empty while my HF layer visibility is turned off. Below are the values of the mixer brush I use most times. These values can be increased as you get better with mixer brush.

Be careful while using this tool (mixer brush) because it can be destructive if not ‘wielded’ carefully.

After tone blending, I tend to reduce opacity of the layer to 70% to maintain subtlety. I get to sharpen at this stage as well by duplicating the HF layer and changing the blending mode to overlay or softlight depending on level of clarity I prefer.

Before/After Tone Blending

Next on the workflow is DODGING & BURNING. I used the curves dodge and burn method to do local and global DB. At this stage, I get to whiten the eyes also, make the retina pop, contour and highlight the images pretty well too. I also toned this image by adding a solid colour (623c2f) on an empty layer at SOFT LIGHT blending mode and layer opacity 32%.

Since I wanted a golden hour effect on the image and I couldn’t get that from production, I created the effect using the PHLEARN Light Leak 1 (solar flare).

Before & After_DB/Toning/Solar Flare

Next was to merge the images and LIQUIFY, I then reduced the visibility of the reflector on the eyes, made a few color adjustments and saved the image.

Saving the image on Photoshop sends the TIF to Lightroom automatically, which brings me to my next stage;

POST-RETOUCHING

In Lightroom, I get to do a few adjustments depending on how I’ve pictured the final image. For this particular image, I enhanced the colors of the hair, enhanced the solar flare, adjusted the blacks and highlights in the basic panel, hues and luminance in the HSL panel and also a little adjustment on the color sliders in the Camera Calibration panel.

Post Retouch_Before/After

EXPORTING

I export images at sRGB color space, 100% quality and 240ppi.

Before I sign off, I hope this blog post is educative and entertaining as proposed and I want to say a big kudos to the creative individuals that made this outcome awesome. Beverly Osu, you’re awesome.@thatgirldami, working with you was graceful. My two assistants, Lola and Lanre, thank you guys for helping out.

Cheers!

21 Comments
  • Areola Danladi
    Posted at 12:38h, 27 April Reply

    Very helpful and informative. Kudos sir.

  • Areola Danladi
    Posted at 12:38h, 27 April Reply

    Very helpful and informative. Kudos sir.

    • Felix Crown
      Posted at 12:43h, 27 April Reply

      Thanks for your comment. I’m happy you found it helpful.

  • Erhis
    Posted at 13:52h, 27 April Reply

    Even though I don’t know jack about photography and photo editing, it is still a very interesting read. Great stuff. The pic stands out as a flagship artwork!

    Wish I could learn the mystery behind this wonder! Really wish I could!

    • Felix Crown
      Posted at 14:20h, 27 April Reply

      Oh thank you so much. Cool you found it interesting.
      Yes you can learn it if you put your mind and time to it, I mean🙂

  • IlluszionzPhotos
    Posted at 14:30h, 27 April Reply

    You know my comment already….Am blown away…thanks for the tutorial ..waiting doe “IN AQUA ” series “how I shot it’

    • Felix Crown
      Posted at 16:09h, 27 April Reply

      Thanks bro. Yea, I will keep that in mind for next post.

  • vivian udeh
    Posted at 14:46h, 27 April Reply

    Thank you!!!
    This was more than helpful
    Thank yoi so much❤❤❤❤

    • Felix Crown
      Posted at 16:08h, 27 April Reply

      You’re welcome. I’m happy you loved it.

  • Ayo
    Posted at 14:53h, 27 April Reply

    Wow.. Thank you so much for this detailed explanation.. Hope to see more

    • Felix Crown
      Posted at 16:08h, 27 April Reply

      You’re welcome! Sure, more coming up!

  • ShiffiShutterz
    Posted at 18:50h, 27 April Reply

    This is good development. Looking forward to more of this to come. Welldone Bro. You’ve done well👍

    • Felix Crown
      Posted at 06:50h, 28 April Reply

      Thank you. Yes, more coming up.

  • Maro Emuo
    Posted at 20:45h, 27 April Reply

    Great Job! Well detailed explanation and an Amazing overall final image !! Kudos Sir

    • Felix Crown
      Posted at 06:51h, 28 April Reply

      Thank you. I’m happy you found it helpful.

  • Adeniji Abdul lateef
    Posted at 23:56h, 27 April Reply

    This is a beautiful one. Very helpful sir, definitely going to try this 🔥🔥🙌🏿

    • Felix Crown
      Posted at 06:52h, 28 April Reply

      Thank you. You should and tag me on the outcome. Good luck!

  • Ugochukwu
    Posted at 03:54h, 28 April Reply

    Awesome sir..

    • Felix Crown
      Posted at 06:52h, 28 April Reply

      Thank you

  • Alabi Abeeb
    Posted at 15:08h, 03 June Reply

    Good day bro, i visits your website today and I realized I opened my mouth for few second . Your pics are like magic
    , bro please I wanna be like you 🙏🏽..No matter how cost
    Looking forward to your workshops …..you are a Star
    Wow wow still cant believe my eyes

  • MaxGrahamCreations
    Posted at 08:37h, 14 November Reply

    Thanks for this felixcrown

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