Summer portrait Ideas: how to use natural light for atmospheric people pictures

Summer portrait Ideas: how to use natural light for atmospheric people pictures

How to enhance and retouch your summer portraits: steps 1-3

How to enhance and retouch your summer portraits: step 1

01 Raw settings
Click here to download our start image, masterclass_start.dng and follow along! Now open the image in Adobe CameraRaw. To brighten the shot set Exposure to +1.00, and set Recovery to 25 to pull back some of the clipped highlights; there are a few blown highlights in the hair we can’t recover, but these add to the summer feel. Set Contrast to +50, and to warm up the colours set Temperature to 5300. Click Open Image to open the image in Photoshop.

 

How to enhance and retouch your summer portraits: step 2

02 Crop the image
There’s some dead space in the left of the scene, so we’ll crop to improve the composition. Select the Crop tool, and in the options bar set Width to 30cm, Height to 20cm and Resolution to 300 pixels/inch.

How to enhance and retouch your summer portraits: step 2b

Draw a crop out from the bottom-right corner of the image until the left side of the crop is just beyond the model’s arm. To boost the contrast of the image add a Levels adjustment layer, and set the Shadows slider to 19, the Midtones to 1.14 and the Highlights to 230.

 

How to enhance and retouch your summer portraits: step 3

03 Add a lens flare
Next we’ll add a lens flare effect; it’s best to do this on a separate layer, so create a new layer and label it ‘Lens Flare’. Go to Edit > Fill Layer, and in the Fill dialog choose 50% Grey from the Use menu. Leave Mode set to Normal and Opacity at 100%. Click OK.

PAGE 1: Setting up your summer portrait: working with your model
PAGE 2: Shooting your summer portrait: best camera settings and what you need
PAGE 3: How to enhance and retouch your summer portraits: steps 1-3
PAGE 4: How to enhance and retouch your summer portraits: steps 4-6
PAGE 5: How to enhance and retouch your summer portraits: steps 7-9
PAGE 6: How to enhance and retouch your summer portraits: steps 10-12

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