Before and After — Zion

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.

Zion poses against a wall near the Austin Music Hall.


  • Shutter:  1/250
  • Aperture:  f/2.0
  • ISO: 200
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Composition and Processing

  • I love the texture on this concrete wall.  The natural light is super soft at this location, bouncing off a cement floor and then a steel blue roof before hitting the subject.
  • I square cropped this to lose the floor.  There wasn’t anything wrong with it, I just liked the uniformity of the wall and didn’t want anything else to interrupt this background (particularly since Zion herself is drawing enough attention in the red dress).
  • I had Zion point her left hip out a bit to match the gaze, in effect creating two parallel (invisible) lines extending into the open space on the right.


April 18 2012 06:16 pm | Photography

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