Here is a recent wedding I shot. The bride loved my fashion work so we put together a little fashion shoot of our own! Most of these were two light or three light setups. I color toned all the images in post for a Vanity Fair look.
Here is the before and after of a photo I did a few months ago and this is how I did it.
I wanted to make the appearance of a snowy night, maybe in a city. First I made a grey background with some white marks with the brush tool. I then cut the girl out so it was just her and the grey background. I then blurred the background and added noise for texture and slightly blurred that. I then opened “lighting effects” under filters, to make the top right corner bright and I later added lens flare on top to further the effect. Next I used “bokeh balls” I got off www.phlearn.com under “textures” to create the effect of out of focus light. Finally I added blue in curves and adjusted contrast to my liking.
Here is a portrait I shot yesterday. I decided to pull back from the background to create a more environmental portrait. I used one medium softbox camera left and I underexposed the background slightly. I wanted dark tones contrasting with the light skin tones. For more work check out www.justinlister.com.
If you haven’t heard of Erik Almas (www.erikalmas.com) you are missing out on some stunning and inspirational work. He is a San Fransisco and recently, New York based commercial photographer. He offers a DVD that I highly recommend. I hesitated for a while because of the cost, but ended up going for it and I have no regrets. What I loved the most were his ideas on light and composition. He is very much an image maker rather than an image taker. He shoots multiple layers and combines them into Photoshop to make the image he first visualized in his mind. After I watched the video, I began to shoot backgrounds to use this technique. This background was shot in Phoenix at sunrise. When I got back to Kansas I hired a model and shot this photo in my garage! Using his techniques on matching light and perspective really helped make my image believable. Erik’s DVD is available on his website, check it out!
Justin Lister photo blog
My recent attempt to build clients and business has led me to create a blog to accompany my websites. I have decided to split my websites into two different sites. Www.justinlister.com is a portfolio site that is clean, simple and directed towards commercial clientele. Www.justinlisterphotography.com will be a wedding and engagement centered site. Each will have a link to the other.