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Lacing Lilith Latex Couture + Colour Toning

Becky Burton wearing Lacing Lilith Latex

It’s been a long while since I’ve put something up on my main site but I’ve finally done it!

I had a shoot with with friends from Lacing Lilith Latex Couture over a year ago now! At the time they said they’d do the editing for their own site and so the set went to the back of my editing queue. But of late I’ve been managing to get through things and so came around to this set. Lacing lilith crew specifically asked me to do a fairly basic setup – with a plain light background which would allow them greater flexibility for edits – and so this also gave me such an opportunity.

Up to now my editing has been if not basic, certainly standard – possibly retouching on some images but on the whole correcting blemishes and lighting – no special or additional styling styling other than possibly turning an image to Black and White. Having seen many a fashion shoot styled with toning I fancied giving it a try.

There seems to be numerous ways to tone an image – some are basic and will usually only offer a single colour in one layer, while others can add multiple colouring options. Some possible options I found :

  • Fill Layer (Solid Colour): Basic, just adding a solid fill colour, however it’s possible to mask it or change the blend mode to affect one area.
  • Curves : Add a curve and adjust it differently only the individual channels – this allows different colour adjustment throughout the lights to darks.
  • Colour Balance : Add a colour balance layer – adjusting the colour by Highlights, Midtones or Shadows.

While Curves gave more control over which luminosity you’d change – a colour Balance layer seemed to give more control, or easier control over which colours you could choose – and so I mainly used this technique. Here’s an example of one of the adjustment layers I added:

Colour Balance Layer

As I’m new to this I won’t go into an in-depth tutorial and as everybody who tries a new technique I’m probably overdoing it, but c’est la vie.

These are the main steps I used to edit the photos:

  1. Duplicate layer and do a general fix such as hairs, major blemishes, etc
  2. Adjust eyes – brighten, whiten, enhance colour.
  3. Skin, hair and eyes: Smooth skin + background (slightly), sharpen eyes and hair.
  4. Lighten & darken some areas of the subject e.g. hair, clothes etc.
  5. Darken the background
  6. Colour/shade

And a selection:

Sohui wearing Lacing Lilith Latex  Becky Burton wearing Lacing Lilith Latex

Guy wearing Lacing Lilith red Latex Jacket Becky Burton wearing Lacing Lilith Latex

The whole set is here : Lacing Lilith Latex Couture.

Links to some involved:

Clothes

Lacing Lilith : https://www.facebook.com/lacinglilithlatexcouture

Models

Sohui : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sohui/105472156166190

Becky : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Becky-Burton-Model/116486168372703

MUA

Roseanna Velin : https://www.facebook.com/roseannamakeupartist?ref=ts

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Back Stage funkyness

Elegy Ellem wearing Lady Lucie

When covering friends fashion shows I’ve got into the habit of doing a little back-stage stuff.  Sometimes the back stage stuff is more interesting to shoot and look at than the stage/catwalk stuff (for me anyway – all the stages of preparation, the before and after etc).

Usually I go along with a prime lens (50mm f1.4) that can shoot large apperture so that I don’t have to bother people and loose the feel of the moment by firing off flash at everybody. e

On this last weekend Lady Lucie asked if I’d like to do a quick few shots of the models – of course!  (Although I didn’t have said prime with me) Due to the space available and the fact that it was being shared with 4 other designers – hanging around doing the standard back-stage thing wasn’t an option but I went back there just to do a few shoots before the girls went on stage.

The space was crammed with models, makeup, hair and designers so options were a bit limited but I went on a rekkie to find a good location. Initially it seemed an option between brick walled fire exit, plain wall, or plain stairs – but then I realised that the wall just to the left of where Lucie and the girls were getting ready was fantastic! Couldn’t have found a better wall if I’d go looking! So below are the shots from that quick 10min session.

Unfortunately my camera was all set up for nighclub work (since the show was during a night club event) and I didn’t think to change it  so I’ve had to tweak a few things in post – inc taking the saturation down to suit the mood of the background – but on the whole I think these have come out quite well 🙂

Also had to clone out a conduit pipe and plug box here and there.

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Also thought I’d test the slide-show gallery doobrie  on this blog theme – not tried it before – so here goes.  See above.

Will have a go at putting a different sort of Gallery at the end.

Some links /credit

Designer – Lady Lucie

Makeup – Tabby Adams

Wigs – Kezia

Models:

Said Gallery doobrie. Not sure which I prefer – slideshow or gallery. Slideshow is more visual but you can click on the individual items in gallery.