How You Shot it: Adrienna by Reynaldo Vento
We like Reynaldo’s use of adjustment layers to add some subtle drama to the overall image without giving that post-processed look. Flattening the contrast in Adobe Camera Raw or Photoshop gives you a cleaner starting point to build the contrast back up and it is a useful technique. Great job in creating these two images!
This was a rather unplanned, impromptu photoshoot. Adrienna and I had set a date and decided that the shoot would be in an urban environment, but beyond that there was nothing else planned.
So we met up and decided to shoot on a random corner that had a small section of black wall. She was a trooper for wearing that jacket in South Texas heat! You can see from how her hair was moving across her face that it was a really hot and windy day.
I knew that I wanted to place her against the black wall with her jacket so that I could bring out her face in post. If you see the accompanying video, you’ll notice that I left her face out of the cooling filter and from the curves adjustment layer that darkened the image. This was done on person to draw the viewers’ eye to her face first as it is warmer and lighter than the rest of the image.
A longer focal length was used for this shot due to its compressing properties. The street in the background was way farther away than what it seems, but a long focal length lens compresses the background. Thankfully I had my ND filter with me otherwise I would not have been able to shoot at f/4.0 without having everything blown out since I was facing the sun. Abig thanks to my model Adrienna for suggesting that she step in the puddle!