In this edit I chose to desaturate the warm tones and added blue to the shadows. This was shot with 2 lights. Main light on the left with a grid and a diffused fill light on the right – hitting the background just enough to have him popping out.
There was an idea brought up among photographers over in a Facebook group. The idea was to share images showing “before” and “after” retouching. I thought I’d also share it here on my blog as well.
For me the next best thing after shooting is the editing stage. I use Lightroom and Photoshop in my workflow. In this image I adjusted the levels to punch up the contrast and toned it much warmer. I also edited a few areas in the skin and took out the logo on the bag. The edits enhanced the mood and creates a better impact.
Even if it’s a minor levels adjustment – no image goes untouched from the RAW stage.