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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.
This is actually one of my favorite images that we captured during a shoot. And I want to show you a really cool trick that I like to work with to add a lot of drama to a shot and give it a very unique look. So we're going to start of in Lightroom, and then we're going to quickly step into Photoshop. But not go really deep into doing a lot of heavy Photoshop work. First thing I want to do is, I'm going to simply right-click on the image, and I'm going to create a virtual copy. It doesn't create any new media on your hard drive, but it's going to give me two images to work with.
Let's go ahead and open the first image up and tweak it the way we like it. So I'm not going to worry right now about cropping or framing. I am just going to go down here, make sure that we don't have any distortion. So as usual, I will enable both my profile corrections and my chromatic aberration. And now I'm going to tweak the picture so that it pops a little bit more. Add a little bit of clarity here. Make sure my whites and my blacks. Now, I'm not worrying about the lights. I just really care about the person in the image.
And I want to bring up my shadows because I want to make sure that it, we can see his face, and I could do some fine tuning if I want in Photoshop. So this is kind of a nice basic image that I want to work with. So that's the color aspect. Now this is where it gets really fun. I'm going to go over to the next image, the virtual copy that we made, and I'm going to turn this into black and white. Again, I'm going to tweak the image. So let's go ahead and bring up some of the shadows here so we can see his face. Get the blacks there. Control our highlights.
And then I'm going to simply go down here, enable my profile corrections and my chromatic aberrations. And I think we're pretty good. So I have two images that I like, a black and white one and a colored one. Now I could go in and treat this using all the techniques that we've shown in the previous movies. But just for a quick fix I can take these two images. I'm going to actually select them both. I'm going to hold down the Cmd+key on the Mac, the Ctrl+key on Windows. So I can select both images, and then I'm going to open them up as layers in Photoshop.
So I'm going to go up to Photo, click on that, drop down to Edit, and I'm going to open up as Layers in Photoshop. This is going to create a single Photoshop document with both of these images as a separate layer. So as you can see, we have both our black and white in our color image. I'm going to take a black and white image and put it on top. And now all I have to do is grab my Opacity slider and bring the opacity down. And now I just get that really kind of hint of color. But it's still kind of that washed out color that you see in a lot of sports magazines.
And I get the look I want. And depending on how I move this slider to the left and to the right. I can control how much color punches through. Or how black and white the image is. So I just want a little bit of color to pop through. I'm going to go ahead and crop this image. So we lose our lights. And I really like the idea of this one being fairly square. I'm going to make sure in this case, the lead crop pixels is checked, and now I'm good to go and I have just one more action I need to do, and that's to get rid of that light. And I need to do this by either merging these two layers together, or I can go ahead and hit Shift+Option+Cmd+E on a Mac.
And now I've actually created a separate layer of the merged elements. So if I wanted to go back and change something, I haven't risked anything. I'm going to go over here. Select that light that's bothering me, by just drawing a circle around it. Go up to Edit Fill and use content aware to replace the light with the background. Hit Deselect, and as you can see, our image is good to go.
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