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In this course, Rich Harrington and Abba Shapiro give beginning photographers a brisk look at using strobe lights in a studio setting—lessons that easily translate to the field and locations, inside and out. Learn why shooting with strobes and continuous lighting makes such a big impact on your photographs, and how to buy a good, affordable starter kit. Rich and Abba also show how to set your gear up, trigger your lights, and make modifications with accessories like reflectors, umbrellas, and soft boxes. Finally, learn how to make the most of what you have in a series of lighting challenges.
Now, actually I really love this shot of Rich. Rich is actually a very jovial and fun person to work with, but zariet stepped away and I needed a lighting model and Rich was kind enough to step in. And unbeknownst to him, I'm going to be using this to show you some things you can do that are really cool in Lightroom to really make this a dramatic shot. Now, it starts off pretty dramatic. I really like this shot. I like the way the light is. And what I want to do is I want to just make it black and white, but making something black and white is a lot more than just desaturating.
So, let's do our first step, which is make sure that we get rid of any chromatic apparition, even though we are going to black and white. And I want to enable my profile corrections. So, now we've enabled the lens corrections and we can go over here and we can remove any chromatic apparition. The next thing I'm going to do is crop the shot, how I want it so, I don't have to worry about any stray lights. And I'm going to use the rule of thirds. I'm going to put Rich a little bit over to the right. Hit the Enter key. And now we're ready to fix our image.
Now, if I was going to keep this in color. The first thing I would want to do is bring down my highlights. So, now we have a nicely balanced picture. And if I wanted to see a little more detail in the shirt, I could go ahead and bring up my shadows. Now, to make an image black and white it would seem as easy as clicking on this button here that says Black & White, and you think you're done. But actually you can choose which ranges of color that you want to turn something into black and white. This black and white image is made of a lot of different colors as we see here.
Where we have our hue saturation and luminance, color, and black and white. I still have my control. So, I can say use more or less of the reds. And as you can see, it gives me a different vibe, or a different feel in my image. So, depending on what colors the person's wearing, as well as how different colors of light reflect, you can play with these sliders and get a very different look in your black and white other than just pressing the buttons. Now, a lot of times this is the case of trial and error. You see what you like and what you don't like.
And remember if you go somewhere that you don't like it you can always hit Undo. And I just want to give this a lot of depth. I'm going to go back up, I'm going to knock up the clarity a little bit. And I want a little more drama, so I'm going to go back up here and I'm going to bring my blacks down a little bit, bring my highlights down a little bit. And even crop it a little bit more, and I think this is a pretty dramatic image, I think it's a nice image of Rich. it really captures high drama when you take something from color and you put it in black and white, and as you see you have a lot more control than just pressing a button and saying make this image black and white.
So, sometimes, even a shot that you just grab on the fly can be turned into a really nice portrait.
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