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:
- Adobe Photoshop Lightroom adjustment and initial color toning
- Import to Adobe Photoshop and do blemish removal
- Polishing dodge & burn
- Highlighting / Shadowing dodge & burn
- Skin smoothing using Imagenomic Portraiture (2 times)
- Color toning using Nik Software Color Efex
- 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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