Group Photography: 12 ways to make your portraits shine

    | Photography Tips | Portraits | 16/04/2013 00:01am

    Group photography tips: 12 Add some attitude

    For our shots of the members of the band, Electric Jesters, we wanted a grittier, grungier look – just the sort of thing you might want if you were taking a photograph for a poster or an album cover.

    We were happy with the composition of the image we’d taken, but wanted to add a moody feel in the digital darkroom.

    We did this using Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6, but the techniques are pretty straightforward and could be applied using almost any image-editing program.

    There are just three key steps to achieving this particular high-contrast, desaturated look: first boost the contrast; then adjust the colour temperature and saturation; and then finally add a vignette effect to darken the corners.

    Boost the contrast

    Boost the contrast
    Adobe Camera Raw has a ‘Clarity’ slider which makes objects and outlines stand out more clearly when pushed to the right to increase midtone contrast; push this up to its maximum. Next, apply a hefty increase to the ‘Contrast’ slider, and reduce the setting for the ‘Exposure’ slider so that the highlights don’t burn out.


    Adjust the colours

    Adjust the colours
    The faded retro colours come from two adjustments. First, push the Temperature slider to the right, as this gives the image a much warmer colour balance. Then, reduce the Saturation value to fade the colours.


    Adjust the colours

    Add a vignette
    Adobe Camera Raw has its own Vignetting tool which you’ll find on the ‘fx’ panel, but you can achieve a similar thing by darkening the edges of the picture manually. This focuses attention on the main subject, and gives the picture a stronger look.

    PAGE 1: What makes good group photography?
    PAGE 2: Group photography tips: 01 Tripod and remote
    PAGE 3: Group photography tips: 02 Best camera settings
    PAGE 4: Group photography tips: 03 The classic line-up
    PAGE 5: Group photography tips: 04 Handheld settings
    PAGE 6: Group photography tips: 05 Change your viewpoint
    PAGE 7: Group photography tips: 06 Wide-angle perspectives
    PAGE 8: Group photography tips: 07 Go with flash
    PAGE 9: Group photography tips: 08 Act the fool!
    PAGE 10: Group photography tips: Natural frames
    PAGE 11: Group photography tips: Lively line-ups
    PAGE 12: Group photography tips: Make a moody sky
    PAGE 13: Group photography tips: Add some attitude


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    Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips, Portraits.

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