A home for the things I think are worthy of sharing. Will largely be photography based.

Hi-Key variations

So I’ve already given a teaser  on my shoot with Samantha Stone, I’ve finished editing half the set.

Originally the purpose of the shoot was to experiment with dark and gritty B&W photos, however towards the end we started playing around with Hi-Key photos. We moved on to a medical theme and so I think the “whiteness” suited it. Although most Hi-Key pictures tend to be clean, crisp and light in atmosphere we still wanted the grittiness to the feel.

Now as you’re probably aware – my usual style tends to be dark, hi-contrast (so not strictly low-key, but close) with fairly punchy colours. I occasionally think I should move away from that but often think – hey why push to be something that your not – or do something that isn’t your natural style – so on the whole I’m happy with it BUT variety is also good – so I sometimes like to have a play in other areas. This leads me on to these pictures and the editing of this part of the shoot – not being used to editing in this way I did a fair few variations. Initially this was limited to Black & White – variations such as : even contrast, high Contrast, various curves,  shading (I usually prefer sepia and/or blue – which I guess you could describe as “silver” since I tone down the Saturation) – but then later on I had a play at keeping it in colour.

So there are some of those examples – just for one image. I have my favourite and so does Sam, but wondered what others liked. Of course there are no right and wrong answers – just personal preference – but I’m always curious to know what these tend to be.

Sam - Original HiKey

Original / Basic Edit

Sam - soft light edit

"Soft Light" Edit

Sam Stone - Harsh Emboss

Harsh Emboss

Sam Stone JL edit

"JL" Edit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can click on them to get a larger image.

 

To give you a brief description (Photoshop geek stuff) ….

Basic – Just the basic stuff really – nothing too over the top. Less punchy than my usual style.

Soft light – As Basic but with a duplicated layer changed to Soft light. What I think this does is causes the dark areas to go darker, and the light areas lighter. I don’t really use Blending modes much. Don’t know what the difference between this and just upping the contrast.

Harsh Emboss – Some De-saturation with a High-Pass filter to make it look edgy.

“JL” – Both the Emboss and the “JL” methods (and Soft Light to a certain degree) are inspired from tutorials I’ve seen from a great (and young!) photographer called Joey Lawrence.  His stuff however is usually fairly dark so a lot more gritty – but I adjusted the techniques for my own liking. Great photographer/retucher though – check out his stuff.

Preference from colour edits:

 

Actually what the hell, here are some B&W edits.

 

Sam Stone B&W Basic Edit

B&W Basic Edit

Sam Stone - B&W Basic + Sepia

B&W Basic + Sepia

Sam Stone - B&W Basic + Silver

B&W Basic + Silver

Samantha Stone - B&W SoftLight

B&W SoftLight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…that’s it.

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2 responses

  1. I like the standard best. I’ll stick my oar in and give you my opinion, which is that i’d rather the photo was technically good in lighting and pose than played with in post production. I guess i’m using photos as product shots so i’d be looking for something very true to life anyway, but i think most effects make the photos look amateur, perhaps i’ve been browsing model mayhem too often…!
    Good work Daf!

    March 31, 2011 at 11:35 pm

  2. Thanks V much 🙂

    Interesting perspective – almost one of Product photography. I’ve always thought it curious that so called “Fashion photography” sometimes hardly shows any of the clothes at all! Ha.

    Going to try a High-Fashion mini project with Emma Tiger soon. Her perspective is that they’re not trying to sell the clothes but rather the concept/mood/vibe/brand and that in turn might sell the clothes. Ha. Not so much my thing but I’d like to give it a go. Bought a Bumper edition Vogue to scan over.

    April 1, 2011 at 10:03 am

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