Stylized and Creative Effects

a really do agree with the saying, "Get it right in camera." In other words, don't be lazy when shooting just because you think you can fix it in Photoshop. If you get it right in the beginning, you will save yourself time and hassle later on. Sometimes, however, you can't achieve a desired effect in camera. In addition, Photoshop allows you to take creativity to a level not possible in camera.

In fact, a lot of my shoots look completely different in their final form compared to how they looked in "real life." I frequently apply unique effects to perfect my work and differentiate it from what other photographers are doing.

Take this example of a portrait I took in Queens, New York. Figure 12.1 is the original, completely unretouched image. Straight out of the camera, it is a decent image; the light is pretty, the colors are nice, and the subject's skin looks acceptable. However, I felt that this straight image was a bit typical, so I decided to add a bit of a vintage Hollywood feel. To do this, I utilized a Lightroom preset to warm up the tones, added a vignette, and pumped up the contrast. Figure 12.2 is more interesting and stylistic than the original. You can choose to add creative interpretations to your images, too.

Note

A Lightroom preset is a set of instructions of how to "develop" an image in Lightroom. Any changes you can make to the image, including white balance, black point, clarity, split toning and hundreds of other adjustments, can be combined to make a preset. Because of this, there are thousands of presets. Some automatically come with Lightroom, and you can create your own presets. Many sites online offer FREE presets for download, including http://www.presetsheaven.com, http://www.lightroomkillertips.com, http://www.ononesoftware.com, and dozens more.

Lightroom Portrait Presets

Figure 12.1 Figure 12.2

In this unretouched image, the portrait is beautiful but In this version of the portrait, I utilized a Lightroom lacks unique stylistic effect. preset to add a creative and stylistic effect to warm the tones, add a vignette, and pump up the contrast.

Figure 12.1 Figure 12.2

In this unretouched image, the portrait is beautiful but In this version of the portrait, I utilized a Lightroom lacks unique stylistic effect. preset to add a creative and stylistic effect to warm the tones, add a vignette, and pump up the contrast.

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