Before and After — Number One

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.

Breeanna poses in the late afternoon light.


  • Shutter:  1/500
  • Aperture:  f/4.0
  • ISO: 200
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Composition and Processing

  • This shot was taken toward the end of a long shoot and the sun was working it’s way down toward the horizon.  It was still pretty bright though, and we had blocked off all the windows to the right with large 4′ x 8′ black flats.  That left one set of floor to ceiling glass and some unusual shadows being cast from exterior items:  a balcony, a half wall, and the steel frames around the panels of glass.  I spotted the arrangement in the middle of moving gear around and stuck with it to try this shot.
  • While I wouldn’t want to have Breeanna stand perfectly straight, I did want her to put as many bends in her body as possible without going overboard.  Hence the bent knee, hooked arms to push out the elbows, dropped shoulder, tilted head…the idea was to offer non-linear shapes to match the rigid internal framing caused by the shadows.


February 29 2012 08:25 pm | Photography

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