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Engagement session
Lens: Sigma 70-200 Camera: D700 ISO: 50 
Posted By: ll_coffee_lP, 05-26-2011, 07:08 PM

Recent E-session I shot. The couple needed no direction other than where to be, and often needed a loud "AHEM" to remind them that we were present. A nice change from the usual....


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05-26-2011, 07:54 PM   #2
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Love every single shot great job!!!
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Great job cought the moment
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Wow. Very nice! Great series, as usual. You caught the moments perfectly!

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Awesome series!
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That's a happy couple captured very nicely.
1-3 are great.
Thanks for sharing.
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Love is in the air. Great series
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Awesome set! Would you be kind enough to share some of your pp technique?


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WOW! superb shots! very enjoyable
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Excellent set. I Love #3 of just the legs and cases!!
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Well done. Don't like the borders, but that's personal preference. Some good captures, here.
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Thanks for the kind comments all!

Rory - I can appreciate that the borders aren't ideal, but the images are transferred from my web-blog where they are presented this way to for the purposes of forums it stays.

Tia - I don't mind sharing my processing, as it's really quite simple and takes very little time. I like to shoot, not PP.

- Everything you see in the image is what was there. I don't do PP tricks. I do 95% of everything with camera and lens only.

- Images are initially put into LR 2. Here I will cull the image set down 3 times to the final "series" that I show.

From this point I do the following steps across the full image set, rather than image by image.
- Colour adjustments are made to even out WB across the set as I shoot Auto WB. I'll adjust the overall exposures as well so that the set looks consistent. I might do a touch of colour boost, or desat depending on my mood. Making consistent exposures is really easy to do in LR because you have access to viewing multiple photos at a time.
- I do all cropping in LR because it is far easier than Photoshop

- Images are exported as PSD files.

- Images opened in CS2 (yep, I'm old school).
- I will add portraiture via mask to skin if it is a close up. I cut the opacity to about 75% so pores still show, but razor burn, zits are diminished greatly.
- I clone out fuzz on shirts, or anything that is a glaring distraction, but I do not alter a person's looks in any way.
- I might add a touch of vignette if it works.
- I usually add a slight boost in contrast. Either +4 or +6 to whole image.

Resave the PSD's as the final images. Save again as a JPG copy.

Using this process I go from a shoot of roughly 500 images to a final set of about 50 shots to present to a client in about 3-4 hours.

Hope this helps.

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Forgot to mention that I will dodge/burn eyes if they are prominent in the photo (to make them pop a bit), as well as, dodge under the eyes to lighten up dark circles.

My overall goal is to enhance and image, but to do so in a subtle way.

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3-4 hours?
Hm. Either I need to invest in lightroom or you are amazingly adept at doing this

Thanks for sharing
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Cool to see the business is thriving, ll_coffee_lP !!

Awesome work as usual

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