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Post-processing “Tranquillity” pt.2 | Tuesdays With Lauri

By Lauri L. on January 29th 2013

Last Tuesday I posted a behind-the-scenes video about my latest fashion/beauty/conceptual photoshoot involving a custom-made dress that I designed and created out of scratch without any prior fashion design experience. After publishing the article, I received multiple comments and messages from people asking me about the post-processing of these images, and what techniques I used in order to create the “painterly” look.

Because of these requests, I decided to create this two part video-series about the editing process. In the first part we took a look at the preset that I created for the shoot, with the SLR Lounge Lightroom 4 Preset System. I talked a bit about my workflow in these types of controlled indoor studio-shoots, and how I integrated the preset system into my workflow in order to achieve amazing images already on set.

And today we continue editing the image, this time in Photoshop:


Technical details

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

Shutter speed: 1/160s
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100


Final Images

Dress WEB 570x800 Tutorial: Post processing Tranquillity pt.1

Dress WEB 2 533x800 Tutorial: Post processing Tranquillity pt.1


Photo: Lauri Laukkanen
Model: Sonja Annala
Makeup: Karina Boissonier
BTS-footage: Atte Tanner


If you have any questions related to this article, or a request for a future episode, please leave a comment below, and I’ll do my best to help you out. 

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Lauri Laukkanen is one of the youngest established advertising photographers in Finland. At the ripe age of 21 he has already been working with some of the biggest commercial clients and his photos have been featured in the media, all around the world. Check out his portfolio here.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Good job.

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  2. Basit Zargar


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  3. Felix Afutu

    Great job Lauri…I have only seen a couple of your tuts, and I must say I’ve already learned a great deal from you…I love how go about executing your initial ideas right through to the end…again…great job…looking forward to future tutorials…

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  4. Petr Novotný

    You did really great job in capturing your vision. The images look stunning and i really liked the oil painting effect, it made it hold everything together.

    I would also like to share with others one litle trick i learned.It´s called complementary colors. Each primary has a complementary color for example red – green or orange – blue. Together they look brighter, more “eye pleasing” and make the subjects stand out. You can use if when painting your room or when photoshoping an image.
    So when Lauri wanted to put more green and blue into the dress it makes sense against the red background and roses.

    Maybe it will be useful to someone :)
    Thank you for sharing and I´m looking forward to next tutorials.

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    • laurilaukkanen

      Thanks for sharing that Petr! The colorwheel and using complementary colors is really something that takes a regular photograph onto the next level, as all the different colours work together in a very harmonious way.

      – Lauri

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