Interesting story behind this image that I just finished post processing minute before posting this: I was studying studio lighting last night and came across information on using beauty dishes. I thought to myself “I sure wish I had one of these!” Well, just out of curiosity I went down to my garage to see if just maybe there was a beauty dish somewhere among the boxes of lighting equipment my father gave me recently (he used to have a studio set up in his garage when he shot professionally). I actually found one! I was stoked. I had Bridget put some makeup on and we did a photo session.
Out of about 40 or so images I took last night, this one was my favorite. There are others that I love as well, but I haven’t had a chance to touch them up yet. Since I was going for a very bright, “beauty” style image here, I wanted to pull out all the stops and really go at this in both Lightroom 3 Beta as well as Photoshop CS4. White balance, black levels, and contrast were handled in LR3 Beta after the shoot, followed by a retouch in CS4 that included using the heal brush, clone stamp tool, patch tool, liquify, levels, unsharp mask, dodge, burn, screen layers, multiply layers, you name it (I can’t even remember everything I used!). It was all quite exhausting, so I’ll have to post the rest of the images later.
This shot was taken in our living room with a beauty dish set high above her with a large soft box behind her aiming toward the camera, creating a great wrap of light around her face. Even before the retouch, I thought this was just gorgeous image of Bridget. She looks absolutely positively stunning.