I have not posted a before and after picture for a while so here is one called “Orthodox Priest”.
The reason why this picture works for me is that I have controlled the highlight contrast provided by the two light sources i.e. the door in the background and the window to the left of the picture just out of shot.
This was done by creating a Lith effect which provides smooth low contrast in the highlights. As with all my files they are processed in Lightroom. I principally use the curves in Lightroom to do all the major contrast and brightness controls.
So for any Lith type picture a curve is created to provide smooth low contrast highlights and contrasty shadows. A big bonus for this picture is that the priest is reading from a large Bible that gives a tremendous amount of reflected light back into his face.
The perception of depth has also be controlled by the creative use of Clarity. No Clarity has been added to the picture globally, but only to the priests face with an adjustment brush.
As you can probably guess this was a low light shot taken inside of a church, the camera was on a monopod and the exposure was the 1/60th at f1.2, 800 ISO. The recurring problem with using such a wide lens aperture of f1.2, is the depth of field is miniscule and if either the subject or you move the picture’s out of focus.
As a rule the basic printing technique is to have the subject as the brightest part of the print and darken down around the subject.
This picture was a lucky find, I was looking for a picture to use in some editorial features I am creating for various magazines and I came across this shot taken in Ethiopia in 2008.
A big hello to all the new followers of my little blog this week.
(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2013