Join Robert Vanelli for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding lighting effects, part of Portrait Photography: Business Portraits.
- Now we've been spending a lot of time on that traditional portrait. Let's jump over to the environmental portrait. While we were taking the shots, I looked, when we did the scouting location, I knew I wanted to do certain things to the background, but because of time restraints I wasn't able to on set. Once I got our subject, Amy, in front of me, as I'm snapping away these shots in the back of my mind I kept thinking, "Oh, man. "I really wish I lit the background blue, "and I think this would really jump out or have her jump out of the frame." So I love that idea, but time restraints wouldn't let me do that.
I knew that Lightroom will be able to give me that same tool that I could use, so let's jump into Lightroom and I'll show you how we can paint with light. Here we are with our environmental portrait, let's press "d" for the Development module, and what we want to do now is use the Gradient tool. I click on the Gradient tool, under the effects, it's going to give me the same effects that I had for the Adjustment Brush. Let's come down here to Darken because that's what we want to do, but this time come down here and under Color we're going to click on it and we're going to select a blue.
Now, if I click on the top and drag, look what it's doing for us. It's adding a nice blue effect onto the background. If I don't like that color blue I can click on it again and I can start changing the saturation. Let's go to an extreme to bring it back again, so here it's right about there. I like it, and actually let's see what this blue looks like. Good.
The darker blue I like better. Let's click around. Yep, that was right. I like that blue here much better. All right, so we have it. I'm going to come down here and do the same thing. Click and drag. Notice the more I do it, the more the blue comes out. If it's a little bit too much like in this case here, I could always dial down the effect and click on it and bring it back down just a touch to where it's more believable.
And we're back. Good, when I'm done, I click on it again to lock in the change. With just a few clicks, I was able to drag the gradient tool into my scene and add special color to the background.
- Choosing a backdrop
- Scouting locations
- Lighting for corporate headshots and environmental portraits
- Establishing rapport with clients
- Creating a sense of power through posing
- Editing portraits with Lightroom
- Cataloging and organizing images