On Location Photography: Planning Your Post Processing

Step Six

With the snow falling and Chris frozen, we called it a wrap. I had a nice shot with edgy light, and if we stayed any longer things would get nasty with the weather. Back in my office, I added the final touches to the shot. From the beginning I knew I needed hard-edged light for the postprocessing I had in mind. I’ve used a variety of techniques to get this edgy look, but my current favorite is using Topaz Adjust 5. This plug-in works in both Photoshop and Lightroom, and the actions it uses are fantastic. For the image of Chris, I used the Heavy Grunge effect in the HDR actions folder. In Photoshop, I added a black-and-white adjustment layer, and reduced the opacity to around 50% to produce the muted tone. The final touch was adding a little vignetting to the image.

on location photography post processing


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