Tim VanBergen is a local photographer that specializes in model portfolio development. He was kind enough to let us share with you his approach to post processing, editing, and photos from a recent shoot.
As I have mentioned to my peers in my social media groups, for the most part I [Tim VanBergen] use ON1 and a few other programs purely as [plug-ins] support tools. The only tool I use front to finish would be Photoshop CC. Other programs are used to supplement and/or add affects that either I don’t yet know how to use effectively, or are just too time consuming in their own processes where the ON1 and other programs do enhancements much quicker, and often more accurately. And with any of the tools I use, my biggest fear is going too far.
In my earliest years of photography, I held myself to a photographic purist mentality – meaning that if it wasn’t right in the camera, then I shouldn’t be working with it in post production. But what I was really not telling people (and myself) was that I was too afraid of learning programs that I would in the end over use and do more harm to an image than the help I was trying for. Eventually as I started getting more and more work, and growing in my professional approach to my business, I started to embrace the need to do minor touch ups like acne, scars, and other blemishes to my portrait work. Later, moving to a more fashion [or] glamour style of shooting, editing took on a much more demanding role. And yet the fear of using tools too much was still there.
So even now, I still edit images with a touch of brevity and restraint. I try to edit images only to the point that I know my client/subject can actually be what I see in the image. In other words, I won’t edit a persons figure to the point he/she can’t achieve that with diet and exercise (and will power and effort :-) )
So when the ON1 photo 10 upgrade came around, I perused the [getting started] videos and decided to pull the trigger on the purchase. I had been an ON1 subscriber ever since (I think) version 3. Some of the upgrades I was less than thrilled with, but this one has my full attention. The paint-out tool is my favorite feature. The ease of use, and level of accuracy is something I never expected.
Up too early and bored on a Sunday morning, I pulled up Larissa’s set, and wondered what we could possibly do with those images. Then I remembered my ON1 Photo 10 upgrade sitting on my desktop waiting to be used. I decided that the image itself wasn’t terrible, it was just a little too boring. It needed something more.
1) First step was to open the RAW file, and do general image cleanup and some elemental fixes. Her dress was too baggy on (her) right side – our left side of her figure. I first cut away some of the fabric and sculpted her figure just a touch. I then did some minor blemish repair. and a minor clockwise image rotation.
2) Second step was to send the image over to ON1. I used the ON1 Effects 10 plugin right from inside PS CC (2015): File –> Automate –> ON1 Effects 10. From the Texturizer pallet, I applied the “screen door” filter. I used the “paint out” brush to remove the screen door affect from overlaying on my model. I wanted that texture only on the background. I added a new filter layer. In the Bleach Bypass pallet, I used the “lighter” filter.. That’s all I did inside ON1. Apply and move back to PS CC
3) Third step I added a curves adjustment layer to warm up the image. I did one more skin repair process, which included adding more balanced skin texture to the image. Once done, I added my logo, and emailed the finished image to my model.
Total processing time was 15 minutes. That may seem like an eternity to a lot of folks, but for me, to add an extra element of color range with a completely new yet subtle background texture was a huge deal. As I learn more about the ON1 Process and work flow I hope to use it more to add a little more life and punch to my images.
Thanks for a great update. ON1 Photo 10 is fantastic.
— Tim VanBergen
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