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Natural Light Cafe Vintage Portrait – How We Shot It

By Matthew Saville on April 16th 2013

Today, let’s go “high-key”!

The Photo

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The Equipment and Settings

The Shooting Conditions

Here is what the original scene looked like, when exposed properly etc…


Yikes!  That’s a cluttered background at it’s worst!  I knew this scene had some amazing potential, though.  My vision was bright, warm, and slightly faded.  So that’s exactly what I did!  I boosted my exposure a little bit, warmed up my white balance in kelvin, (and got rid of that wicked green-ish tint by bumping my WB shift in the magenta / pink direction one click!) …and voial!

The Post-Processing

For this image, I went straight to the SLR Lounge Lightroom 4 Preset System.  I used one of the vintage fade presets, and then added a couple final tweaks to get the colors just right.  I also added a vignetting preset, and did a tiny bit of dodging (brightening) to the doorpost located just behind them, to separate her head and his back a little bit.  Done!

By the way it is always a good idea to keep your “looks” consistent throughout a shoot, as Post-Production Pye has taught us well I hope.  So here is an example of using the same exact vintage fade on a different image in a different lighting situation, but with the same bright, faded look:


Take care, and happy clicking!
=Matthew Saville=

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The Lightroom 4 PresetSystem

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The SLR Lounge Lightroom 4 Preset System is designed to enable users to achieve virtually any look and effect within 3-5 simple clicks. From basic color correction, vintage fades, black & white effects, tilt-shift effects, faux HDR, retouching, detail enhancing, and so much more. The sky is the limit with what has been dubbed the most powerful and intuitive preset system available. Click the link above to learn more/purchase.

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Matthew Saville is a full-time wedding photographer at Lin & Jirsa Photography, and a senior editor & writer at SLR Lounge.

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  1. Gregory Cain

    no video ?

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