Fine art photography: how to shoot – and print – an elegant portrait at home

Fine art photography: how to shoot - and print - an elegant portrait at home

How to edit your fine art photography

How to edit your fine art photography: step 1

01 Adobe Camera Raw adjustments
Download our start files and follow along! Open masterclass_start.dng in Adobe Camera Raw. Click and hold on the Crop tool, select the 2 to 3 ratio option and crop in on the image to remove some of the space at the edges.

Reduce Saturation to -100 to make the image mono, then set Exposure to +0.80, Contrast to +40, Highlights to +18 to recover the overexposed highlights on the face, Shadows to -11, and Blacks to +30. Set Clarity to -10 to soften the detail.

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How to edit your fine art photography: step 2

02 Blur the image
Click Open to open it up in Elements, and press Ctrl+J to duplicate the ‘Background’ layer. Use the Spot Healing Brush to remove any blemishes, then press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E to create a merged layer. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, set Radius to 5 pixels.

 

How to edit your fine art photography: step 3

03 Restore detail
Add a mask to the blurred layer, and take the Brush tool, and use a black brush at 800 pixels and 50% Opacity to remove the blur from the model’s face. To add a sepia tint to the image add a Photo Filter adjustment layer.

Leave Filter set to the default Warming Filter (85), and reduce the Density to 13% for a more subtle effect.

 

How to edit your fine art photography: step 4

04 Add a vignette
Add a Levels adjustment layer, and to lighten the image and boost the contrast set the Shadows slider to 20, Midtones to 1.36 and Highlights to 242. Create another merged layer, and go to Filter > Correct Camera Distortion.

Set Vignette Amount to -100 and Midpoint to +69 to darken the edges of the frame. Save the image as a JPEG, making sure the resolution is 240dpi or above .

Final Tip
For a high- quality print the resolution of your image needs to be at least 240dpi (dots per inch), and ideally 300 dpi. To check an image’s resolution in Elements go to Image > Resize > Image size.

Most JPEGs are automatically sized at 72dpi in Elements. To change an image’s resolution in the Image size dialog make sure Resample Image is unchecked and type 300 in the Resolution box – the image’s physical dimensions will be changed accordingly.

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