Speed Edit – A Quick Look

It is to no one’s wonder that post-processing is a big part of my photography workflow, and for the most part I spend roughly 20-30 minutes to polish up a shot at the minimum. To give you an idea, here’s a brief list of the steps I take from beginning to finish:

  1. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom adjustment and initial color toning
  2. Import to Adobe Photoshop and do blemish removal
  3. Polishing dodge & burn
  4. Highlighting / Shadowing dodge & burn
  5. Skin smoothing using Imagenomic Portraiture (2 times)
  6. Color toning using Nik Software Color Efex
  7. Final adjustment and polishing

For the video, I used cosplayer Laughing Demon’s photo that I took during Emerald City Comicon 2013 (you can read our review). For those wondering about the photo-booth setup, it was a simple denim backdrop, paired with one speedlight (Canon 600EX-RT) shooting through a DIY softlighter (reflective umbrella with a diffuser panel at the front). The light is feathered by pointing the umbrella toward the cosplayer’s torso / feet.

There you have it. Enjoy the video, and share your thoughts!

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I am a Seattle, WA based lifestyle fashion photographer who has Cosplay to thank for his adventure into the photography world. In addition to fashion, I also maintain Costographer as my cosplay work outlet: http://facebook.com/costographer

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