So here’s the scoop – I really do not enjoy having my picture taken; but, last night I was tired of studying for finals and figured I would give self-portraiture another chance. Needless to say I did not do anything extraordinary, but I was more or less practicing my lighting techniques and my editing technique. It is crazy how changing the position of the light (an off camera strobe and shoot-through umbrella, in this case) can totally change the way a subject’s skin looks; notice the redness with the shadows in the second image.
As far as editing technique goes, I wrote a little Photoshop action that was supposed to emulate some sort of a vintage/blue overlay look. It is the type of processing I see a lot on the Canon forums (the link is to a particular thread regarding prime lens portraits – take a look through it if you have time, it is a wonderful thread). Anyways, here is what I came up with. As usual, a larger image may be viewed by clicking on the images below. Thanks for looking!
If you would like me to send you the action, just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be glad to send it. Note: it is not guaranteed to work with all lighting/exposure set-ups; adjustments will need to be made accordingly. Also, this action was written with Photoshop CS5, so I am not sure how that carries over into different versions.
Both shots were with a Pentax F50mm @f2.8