Shooting in Uninspiring Locations and Enhancing the Color & Tone

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Ever had to shoot in a location where it’s cluttered or just plain blah? Follow along with me as I walk you through how to set up the shot and then enhance the color and tone in ON1 Photo RAW 2018.1. See how easy it is to create a beautiful portrait photo with the Color Enhancer and finish the photo with a vignette to pull in the focus.

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6 comments on “Shooting in Uninspiring Locations and Enhancing the Color & Tone”

  1. On May 2, 2018 at 11:32 pm marc labro wrote:

    very nice tuto.
    can you please give us the reference of the led panel ? how many lumen ?

    why not using a SB910 flash with a small softbox/umbrella instead of this huge expensive led panel ?
    moreover no need power supply so very flexible.

    best regards

  2. On May 3, 2018 at 9:33 pm William Marhoffer wrote:

    I appreciate your concise explanation of your editing choices. Would you please explain why you chose an image with a Dutch tilt and kept that orientation in editing?

    1. On May 10, 2018 at 11:40 am Tamara Lackey replied:

      Thank you – a great question. As you can see in the “before” image, the overall scene was a pretty flat and boring one. I find that utilizing camera tilt, or a dutch angle, can be a great way to incorporate a more dynamic feel to an otherwise average frame.

      In this case, I also quite liked that it brought in a more defined diagonal compositional element, as well : )

  3. On May 4, 2018 at 12:45 pm Tamara Lackey wrote:

    Thanks, Marc!
    The panel is a Westcott Flex Light – it’s a crazy portable *and* flexible light, in that you can literally wrap it up like a newspaper and transport it. Once at your location, you can just take it to a wall or pop it in a frame (like I have it in the video). I knew I’d be shooting near an outlet, so I used this option. That said, I am often using just a speedlight (I use the Nikon SB-5000) with modifier. You can check out all the specific details about the flex light here:…kbid=65275

  4. On May 5, 2018 at 3:18 am Alessandro Scuderi wrote:

    Thanks, very good tips. For portraits i use a 50mm (25mm 2x crop on Panasonic GH4 m4/3) F1,7 and in that situation lens like this or yours helped a lot when the surrounding is not the best.

    1. On May 10, 2018 at 11:37 am Tamara Lackey replied:

      Definitely. Further clarifying your point of interest/subject can go a long way, and choosing the right lens will really help with that!

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