I’m putting together a library of stock photos and this photo is from a recent shoot with Jade. One thing to keep in mind when shooting lifestyle/stock images is the necessity to present a situation the viewer identifies with or wants to identify with. In this case we have an attractive young woman in a modern setting relaxing and reading. Most importantly though, she projects ‘being happy’ which helps engage the viewer. It’s easy to build a mini story around her.
I’ve included the unedited photo in this post to show how an image can be quickly cleaned up and made ready for publication. Sometimes it is easy to miss a stray cable when you are shooting. In this instance it was easily fixed in post but I do advocate addressing this type of set issue on the day if you can. You will see by comparing both images I’ve made small adjustments to Jades hair and her ear. I removed the radiator, creases in her blouse and marks on her jeans. I added some glare from the sun and tweaked the colour saturation and contrast using a few layers to. Can you see any other changes?
I was already aware of the window and how it was looking when I took the photo and thought I could either edit it out or enhance it. In this case I decided to remove it and give the impression of a window a little higher out of frame.
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