Month: October 2018

Post-Production Workflow – In The Field (Part 2)

POST PRODUCTION WORKFLOW

PART II: CULLING + EDITING 
By Patrick Patton

IMPORTING IMAGES
When I import files into Capture One Pro, I leave the default settings on and I import
my files into the “CAPTURE” folder, whether I am utilizing the tethered capture feature
of Capture One Pro, or just importing from a card. This keeps my method consistent,
and when it comes to file management, consistency is your best friend. When you
develop a consistent method for file management, you will have a much easier time
locating older files years down the road.

CULLING IMAGES
Culling simply means to make selections from a large quantity.
I use the rating system
to cull my images. My first pass is very liberal, and I mark anything that is usable with
one star. My second pass is decidedly more selective, and I mark only the really
fantastic images with two stars. If I still haven’t narrowed it down enough, I will go
ahead and make a third pass by marking the best of the best with three stars. I can
continue this process all the way on up to five stars if necessary, and at some point, I
should be feeling good about my selections.

ADJUSTING EXPOSURE
I usually start with exposure. Sometimes it is helpful to temporarily change your
image to black and white for this step. Adjust your exposure, brightness, contrast,
highlight recovery, shadow fill, etc. and then in most cases, you will want to copy your
adjustments to the other images to keep everything consistent, and then make any
needed adjustments from there.


PLAYING WITH COLOR

It’s a lot of fun to play with color, but you can go overboard really quickly and make
your model look like an alien from across the galaxy… in most cases, this is not ideal. I
don’t usually make my color adjustments until I’m finished retouching the image in
Photoshop (we will talk about that in Part III), but I wanted to show you that Capture
One Pro gives you some really powerful tools to play around with, and I do utilize these
from time to time.

EXPORTING IMAGES
I usually export my files to the “OUTPUT” folder. I know that this is where my select
images are going once they are ready to be opened in Photoshop for retouching. Again,
you will probably find your own method that works, and that is fine as long as you
have a consistent method that you understand.

Patrick Patton

I am a California-based photographer of people.  I work out of California’s Central Coast, home to some of the most incredible beaches in the world.  I have always enjoyed the pursuit and the challenge of creating and capturing beauty, whether it be through music, drawings, storytelling, or my favorite medium of all: photography. 

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Kim Fisher (Fan Feature)

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello, my name is Kim!

I started my photography journey almost 2 years to the date! 24th of September 2016 was the first time I picked up a DSLR camera and attended my first workshop which included ‘how to turn your camera on’! Prior to that I had just been using my iphone to take pictures of my family or various events I attended, but nothing with intention behind it. My journey with photography wasn’t a life long passion but more ‘love at first sight’.

Before I discovered photography I had worked as a jewellery buyer, fashion merchandise planner, as well as a business consultant.
At the moment I only work 3 days a week, the rest of the time I’m a stay at home mother to two young boys (4 years old and 2 years old). I’m 35 years old if you were wondering, I probably should have started with that!
I’m originally from South Africa but now live in Adelaide, South Australia, not exactly a thriving fashion capital, but the aim is to one day be flying out to locations for fashion shoots.

2. What are you working on right now?
My regular client work which involves content creation for bloggers/influencers, a couple of model test shoots and a potential collaboration with a up and coming local singer. As well as trying to organize a few additional shoots to boost my portfolio and hopefully result in me booking fashion campaigns and editorial work.

3. Do you have a podcast routine? What is it?
My podcast routine is usually to listen while I edit, at the moment that is mostly every evening Monday – Friday. I currently have 3 podcasts on rotation, The Fashion Photography Podcast (obviously 😉), BOF (the Business of Fashion) podcast, and Gary Vee (a no nonsense, tell it as it is business and motivational podcast).

4. What are you most excited about right now?
I’ll be attending the Adelaide Fashion Festival, it is my first time attending any fashion festival so I’m excited to find out what it’s all about.

5. What was the most exciting photo shoot you’ve done so far?

Probably one of the very first fashion shoots that I organized to build my portfolio.

 I came up with a spring romance concept and organized the model, HMUA, location, did the styling, everything. Just by chance I submitted some of the images to Fashion Shift Magazine and it was accepted for publication.

6. What’s your dream photo shoot? 
Isn’t it every fashion photographer’s dream to shoot the cover of Vogue!

7. Where do you see yourself in 3 years? 
I’d like to be doing more fashion campaigns and commissioned magazine editorials/covers, but not just as the photographer I’d also like to be involved in the concept creation/direction. And to have a sustainable income from doing this.

8. Do you have a favorite source of knowledge (website/YouTube channel/blog/app) you’d like to share with us?
Blog – PetaPixel for photography news
YouTube – PiXimperfect, PHLEARN, Anita Sadowska, Tony and Chelsea Northrup

9. What’s your biggest struggle right now? 
Probably patience. Accepting that it takes time to reach those big dreams that I have, to make a name for myself and get known within the fashion industry.

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Post-Production Workflow – In The Field (Part 1)

POST PRODUCTION WORKFLOW

PART I: IN THE FIELD
By Patrick Patton

POST PRODUCTION BEGINS IN THE FIELD

When you think of post-production, you think of sitting in front of a computer, listening to a podcast while you wait for your files to transfer, or how sore your shoulders get from hunching over your desktop after a long day of retouching.

The truth is that post-production starts in the field. 
You’ve got to begin with the end in mind, looking through your camera’s viewfinder with the same discerning eye you use while culling images on your monitor. 
You’ve got to see what the light is doing, how your model is moving, and work with these factors to create an amazing image IN CAMERA!

SHOOTING RAW V. SHOOTING JPEG
1. Always shoot RAW!!!
2. The end.

IMPORTING AND NAMING FILES
It doesn’t really matter how you name your image files as long as you remain consistent.
As long as you understand your system and can easily find a file that you shot 3 years ago, you’re golden!

BACK THAT THING UP!

Always backup your hard drive!
Every. Single. Time.
Ask me how I know…

Patrick Patton

I am a California-based photographer of people.  I work out of California’s Central Coast, home to some of the most incredible beaches in the world.  I have always enjoyed the pursuit and the challenge of creating and capturing beauty, whether it be through music, drawings, storytelling, or my favorite medium of all: photography. 

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Marta Syrko (Guest Feature)

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello, my name is Marta,
I have been working as a professional photographer for 5 years.
I have my own studio in Ukraine, but I also travel a lot, because of photoshoots abroad.

2. How did you get into photography?
When I was growing up I was always fascinated by photography and I wanted to learn and do it by myself, so when I was a teenager I started taking my first photos such as – macro, landscapes and portraits of friends.

3. How did you meet your first client?
My first real clients were actually a couple wanting to get their love story photographed.
They contacted me via social media and it was a great experience for me.
Thanks to this photo shoot I realized that photography could be my full time job and not just a hobby.
So that’s how weddings and love stories photo-shoots became my main source of income, but I was also doing my own projects (nude, fashion) at that time.
Now I have moved more to the fashion and fine art photography and my clients are mostly companies.

4. If you were about to start now, what would be your plan?
When I was at the beginning of my career I was learning mostly from my mistakes. There were no photography schools where you could learn the photography theory in my country. So I invested mostly in equipment.
If I had to start over now, I’d invest more in my education.

5.Tell us a secret talent of yours?
I’m really good at setting the mood in my photos, and giving them more cinematic look.

6. Coffee or tea?
Actually I’ve made coffee series! You can find the photos on my Instagram.
I can’t imagine my life without coffee, I have a small ritual in the mornings when I drink a cup of coffee with something sweet and read the news.
My favorite treat for coffee is mom’s apple pie. It’s a secret family recipe!

7. Tell us a story from one of your photo shoots when you learned a valuable lesson?
I learn something new about photography from every photo shoot!
What I have learned so far from my work with clients is that

 

During a photo shoot you are not just an artist, you have to be also a team player and aim towards the goals of the team.

 

8. You also take self-portraits, tell us about this?
What’s the hardest part and do you have some tips? 
I really like it!
When I was younger I didn’t had a lot of work, so I took self-portraits more often. 
Becoming better requires more practice. I think I just know my best angles better and that’s why I can take a better photo of myself then another photographer would.  
Tips – try to adjust your camera settings and the angle that you’ll be shooting from and ask a friend to push the button for you, instead of running to the tripod constantly.

9. Do you have a final advice for the fans of The Fashion Photography Podcast?
You need to find your own niche were you’ll feel comfortable working in. 
And you must not be afraid of trying something new!

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