The Power Of Color And Color Harmonies In Composition

About two weeks ago, we hosted a workshop with the amazing  Natalia Taffarel. Now, I am back at the studio and I am having some mixed feelings. Mixed because I’m highly motivated to do a change in my retouching workflow in a crazy way, and because I am overfilled with new input. On the other hand I do not […]

Dodge & Burn – With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

If you split an image into its most basic components, you can look at each pixel as the sum of the following info: Brightness Color Tone Saturation If we look at a black and white photo for example, one only element present in the photo is brightness. So any three-dimensionality is determined exclusively by the (relative) […]

High Key, Low Key, Or Just Badly Exposed?

Here is Wikipedia’s definition for Low-Key Lighting: Low-key lighting is a style of lighting for photography, film or television. It is a necessary element in creating a chiaroscuro effect. Traditional photographic lighting, three-point lighting uses a key light, a fill light, and a back light for illumination. Low-key lighting often uses only one key light, optionally […]

An Exercise In Dodge & Burn: Turning A Golf Ball Into A Pingpong Ball

Dodge & Burn (fondly called D&B) are one of the simplest and most powerful techniques that you can use in retouching. One of the interesting uses of D&B is the answer to the following question: “How can I get blemishes off my model?”. If you break this down to the basic components this is a […]