ON1 Inspiration – Seeking Light in Unexpected Places

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As photographers, we are always seeking inspiration and sometimes we can find it in the most unexpected places. I spend 90% of my photo time photographing for clients/jobs. It is not often that I get to photograph just for me without some end result in mind.

I realize that taking the time to shoot for myself is the best way to push my creativity, encourage me to think outside the box and it lets me take chances. In this video, I want to share where I found a little inspiration and how I was inspired by the light, costumes, and environment I was in. That inspiration continued to translate all the way to the finish of the images creating a beautiful end result.

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6 comments on “ON1 Inspiration – Seeking Light in Unexpected Places”

  1. On August 3, 2017 at 7:48 pm Adam Rubinstein wrote:

    Hi Whitney, thank you for providing the detailed narrative of the shoot all the way through the post processing. It’s fascinating how circumstances can lead to such interesting results? Would you mind commenting a bit on what you did to optimize the output to print on metal? Did you simply give the .jpg/.tiff file to you lab and allow them to make corrections or did you adjust the sharpening, tonal range, color space, etc.? Thanks.

  2. On August 4, 2017 at 8:03 am Whitney Stevens wrote:

    HI Adam,

    Thanks so much for watching and your kind comments. My lab of choice is White House Custom Colour. They are fabulous and do not making any changes to my image when printing. I send a jpeg file with an adobeRGB color space to them. I also crop it to the size of output and then add a final sharpen. The most important part is the selection of the output from the lab’s options. From my lab I order a Clear Base Metal print with a High Gloss Finish. This will make the metal texture show through the image and make it a shiny metal. I have been extremely happy with the metal prints I have ordered so far from them and clients LOVE them. I do believe that not all photos are a good fit for metal though. I try to make sure I have images that will really compliment the look and texture.

  3. On August 4, 2017 at 2:39 pm Adam Rubinstein wrote:

    Thank you for sharing your perspectives and inspiration along with the workflow. What I was hoping to tease out was your output sharpening approach. I know there is no single approach and that output is largely dependent on media, display conditions, viewing distances, etc. but it is a topic worth discussing. I’ve read Jeff Schewe’s work several times but am always baffled as to what is the optimal sharpening in terms of amount and process. Recently, I saw the work of the sadly departed PJ, Tim Hetherington (see: npg.si.edu/exhib…ar-911-now). Apart from the outstanding imagery, the technical aspects of the inkjet prints were simply amazing. Unfortunately, the curator won’t respond to my inquiries but I am sure they took a more standardized approach than trial and error.

    1. On August 4, 2017 at 2:59 pm Whitney Stevens replied:

      You are right that there is no single approach and honestly there is no right or wrong answer here. Its really just a matter of what you love and what fits your style. When I size an image for the lab (or even for posting on the web) Ill typically add a quick unsharp mask sharpening. Nothing major and nothing to strong. If the image was already pretty sharp or I had a texture on it I may just leave it. It really depends on how I feel. There really isn’t any major loss between monitor and print that makes me unhappy with the final result. I try not to over sharpen while also remembering that prints are to be displayed and viewed at a bit of a distance. Most clients are not putting it under a microscope to make sure its sharp enough for them. So if you hang your photo and you love it then its perfect. That may not be exactly the answer you are looking for but it really is just personal choice in my opinion.

  4. On August 5, 2017 at 8:16 am Anastasios Konstantinidis wrote:

    Wonderful video Whitney! I found it so inspiring. The photos you showed are awesome. It would be great if you could do a video about posing for headshots.

  5. On August 12, 2017 at 9:56 pm marc labro wrote:

    nice tuto, beautiful effect !
    i would be interested to see another tutorial about camera settings you used for these low light pictures , some with motion, and how you did these nice soft black and white photos before you added split tone and texture.

    best regards

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