Before and After — Steph in White

The Before and After series focuses on the two or three key creative choices, in terms of composition and processing, that go into creating an image.  Specific technical details about the shot have been left out — you won’t hear me talking about tone curve adjustments and whatnot unless it was a key component of the end result.

Stephanie poses in the afternoon sun.


  • Shutter:  1/250
  • Aperture:  f/2.0
  • ISO: 800
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 200mm f/2.0L IS USM

Composition and Processing

  • I’ve taken some shots in the past where I had the subject dress all in black and then placed them against a dark background, effectively creating a cutout of them where all you could see was skin, eyes, hair.  This is the inverse of that, using white instead of black.
  • The white flower in Steph’s hair was over the top in hindsight, so when I processed the image I let it blow out to be less noticeable.  I did try removing it as well, but that left an odd gap on the right side of Steph’s head that looked funny at this angle.



February 21 2012 07:04 pm | Photography

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