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The Dramatic Wine Gallery Portrait – How We Shot It

By Pye Jirsa on October 4th 2013

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Background and Vision

In the Natural Light Couples Photography Workshop on DVD we show how we create and walk through the moodboard prior to each shoot. This is to ensure that as the photographers, we are 100% on the same page with our clients in regards to their photographic style.

This particular client wanted a dramatic and moody image in a local wine gallery that they frequent. Since this is a typical activity for our couple, we suggested that they dress just as they would a typical date night at said wine gallery. To add a little interest, we also discussed bringing a cigar for a little bit of a smokey environmental effect.

Original and Final Image

Original Image w/ Final Crop
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Final Image w/ Final Crop
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The Lighting Setup

To see how we lit the image, please take a look at the following diagram, then read the description below.
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To our subjects left, we had a large natural light source coming from the outside windows of the restaurant. Since the interior of the restaurant had quite a bit of wood, the natural light had a warm and rustic feel to it.

We placed our subjects at the bar and used a reflector to catch a little bit of the window light and fill it into the shadow side of our female subjects face. This was just to ensure the shadows didn’t lose too much detail.

To separate our subjects from the background, I had my lighting assistant place a Lowel GL-1 on a stand just behind and to the right of the subjects. The warm toned constant light of the GL-1 made for a great hair and rim light that keeps our subject’s dark hair from falling into the dark background.

Gear Used & Camera Settings

Camera: Canon 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens

Light Source: Lowel GL-1 Power LED Light

Light Modifier: Westcott 301 Photo Basics 40-Inch 5-in-1 Reflector

Aperture: f/2.8

Shutter Speed: 1/125th

ISO: 400

Focal Length: 70mm

How We Processed It

Image Out-of-Camera
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To process this image, we used the following Lightroom Presets v5.1 Mixology:

Import -> 11a. Extra Soft – Skin Desat
Curve -> 04b. Neutral Vintage Punch – Skin Desat

Then we simply modified the Temperature/Tint slightly to taste as well as performed a bit of dodging burning via the Brush Presets.

Final Lightroom Edited Image
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Final Photoshopped Image (to remove my arm)
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Learn More!

To learn more about the techniques used in processing the image in this tutorial, be sure to check out the SLR Lounge Lightroom Workshop Collection. The Lightroom Workshop Collection includes our 3 critically acclaimed workshops and resources that have been dubbed the “Gold Standard” in Lightroom education and resources.

From learning organizational and file management basics in the Organizational and Workflow Workshop to mastering advanced image processing techniques in the Image Processing Mastery Workshop. We conclude the collection with our full collection of presets the Lightroom Presets.

About

Founding Partner of Lin and Jirsa Photography and SLR Lounge.

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2 Comments

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Nice !

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  2. Mike Stitzinger

    What method did you use to get rid of your arm in the photoshopped version? Was it a simple content aware fill or something else?

    Cheers,
    Mike

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