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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

From Vision to Print...

"The journey of every great picture begins in the mind. It's the creative process from the mind to the print that takes knowledge and skill. Only when the mind is enlightened, can the hand skillfully craft what the mind has already seen."
It's called.... VISION!

When I shoot, I always have a vision. I have a vision of the end result in my head. Whether it's there before the shoot, or after I see the location it's there before I ever press the shutter. After being asked about this process several times, I thought it might be fun to take a photo from vision to print. Over the next few days, I'll take you through my crazy (and at most times ADD) brain as I uncover a vision for a final image.

After talking with this client, I knew she would enjoy one of my recent locations for a shoot with son. She was up for something different. This location has been a great place to shoot because it lends itself so easily to so many styles.

As I looked at the sun and saw that it was peering nicely through the woods, I knew I'd like to keep that in the picture. I also loved the texture of the barn. This property is from the late 1800's early 1900's and the barns have a tremendous amount of character within themselves. Now...where to place my subjects so that I capture the sun and the barn all in balance? I decided to offset Kelly a little and her son beside her. Now it's time to think about the exposure. I want enough detail in the shadows so that I would be able to keep the texture I liked while burning the rest to almost black. With all my thoughts in my head, it's time to roll!

I should probably mention, that the majority of my portraits are shot in AV (aperture priority) so that I can control what's in focus. Although a significant portion of my portraiture lends itself to storytelling images, once in a while I will throw in a closeup! Storytelling images have depth. They allow the viewer to absorb their own meaning from the image. I simply set the scene up and let the characters speak their lines if you will.

Exposure for this image..
fill flash
ISO 125

Note that this exposure was a third over exposed (lesson #1: Your camera is never right! lol) I adjust my exposure from the middle 99.99999 % of the time!

I am posting all stages of images... stay tuned and we'll talk about my PS process tomorrow!
enjoy and have an awesome WET day!

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