Before and After — Lisa at Cafe Dance

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.

Lisa stretches after a KDH Dance Company rehearsal.


  • Shutter:  1/500
  • Aperture:  f/2.0
  • ISO: 1600
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Composition and Processing

  • Lot of great explicit lines in this shot leading directly to Lisa.  Normally I wouldn’t want to crop a subject so far right when they’re leaning heavily that way, but the right wall creates such a strong blocking force there’s no way the eye is traveling off that edge (the lines from the bar even bring you back to Lisa).
  • I’ll often rotate a shot like this too, but with the lines from the bar coming directly out of the upper right corner I thought it was best to leave this horizontally aligned.


May 08 2012 06:36 pm | Photography

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