B&W – Portrait / Misc. – Tips & Tricks

Monday – B&W Photo

This shot was from my first senior portrait session. Kelli is extremely beautiful, so it made it very easy to make a picture of her look nice. However, she is not very photogenic… she just doesn’t like to smile in front of the camera. It took everything I had to make her smile and laugh! I know you’re supposed to gain some level of comfort with your clients, but I thought I would be golden seeing as she is my cousin! 😛

Oh well, we made it through the session and I absolutely love this picture!

B&W Portrait

Monday – Tips & Tricks

Yesterday, I watched a video by Jacques on how he processes most of his HDR and I learned quite a bit. You should definitely check out his work and, more specifically, his tutorial on HDR. It’s really good!

Anyway, one of the things that I learned was how he uses CS5’s Lens Correction Filter. I used it on an image I was processing while watching his tutorial and I couldn’t believe it. The difference between my picture after using Lens Correction was night and day! Below, I’ve included (inside the Lens Correction dialog) a before and after image. The before image is the image in the ‘Auto Correction’ tab and the after images is the image in the ‘Custom’ tab.

So, to access this wonderful feature, open your image and click on the Filters menu item and select ‘Lens Correction…’

Note: It helps to make sure “Show Grid” is selected and the size is small enough that you won’t need to move the grid overly much.

Lens correction gives you the capability to fix the following:

  • Geometric Distortion,
  • Chromatic Aberration,
  • Vignette, and
  • Perspective

There are two methods to correct images: ‘Auto Correction’ & ‘Custom’. I would suggest trying auto correction first and if that doesn’t work, switch to custom mode. On the ‘Auto Correction’ tab, you will see your search criteria. If you file you’re working with contains EXIF data, it will automatically populate the settings and fix the problems without your entering any data. Otherwise, you need to enter your camera make, models, and lens model in the available drop down menus and load your lens profile. It will then try to automagically correct any Geometric Distortion, Chromatic Aberration, Vignette, and/or perspective problems your image might have (depends on what options you have checked).

BEFORE - Lens Correction - Auto Correction. Notice the slant of the table!

If auto correction doesn’t work for you, switch over to the ‘Custom’ tab. In this tab, you’re give complete control over things your lens might have distorted when taking the picture. I’m going to focus on the perspective problem, as that’s what I ran into yesterday. To fix the perspective, use the vertical and horizontal perspective sliders to make sure everything is the way it should be – the horizontal lines are perfectly horizontal and the vertical lines are perfectly vertical. In this case, I moved the vertical slider to -34 and the horizontal slider to -41:

AFTER - Lens Correction - Custom Screen

After that, select ‘OK’ and you’re good to go!

Hopefully this tip will help others who are just starting their photography pursuits!

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January 3, 2011 - 11:32 pm

adrienne Ok- now I know what you were talking about last night. I can see the differece in the table. That is a neat tool but I think in some cases with old lodging and rotting wood- the art is the imprefections of the subject you are taking “brakets of”.

See I am learning!

January 3, 2011 - 11:51 pm

Chris @Adrienne – You are learning! Thanks for paying attention, but the distortion of the table wasn’t natural, it was my lens itself that created the distortion.

January 5, 2011 - 5:39 pm

Mike Olbinski Absolutely love the portrait…gorgeous girl, love the pose and the doorway.

January 5, 2011 - 6:36 pm

Chris @Mike – Hey, someone other than my wife and mom commenting! I love it! 😛

But seriously, I appreciate the comment and you stopping by! I’ve seen your work around and it’s cool that great photographers are diggin my work! Thanks!

January 12, 2011 - 10:17 am

Anonymous Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!

January 12, 2011 - 11:07 am

Chris @Sales Tax – No problem. Thanks for visiting and come back soon!

January 20, 2011 - 6:18 am

Anonymous Great site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to some friends!

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