Advanced (Sort Of) Concert Photo Editing

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It’s been a while since I’ve a tutorial of any sort, so I thought I’d expand on my one-minute edit and do something a little more advanced. For this, the screenshots you will see are from Adobe CameraRaw and Photoshop CS4 because that was what I had open, generally I would probably do most of this in Lightroom with a splash of CS4 – however, this tutorial does also work for LR, the tools are just in a slightly different format in LR.

This tutorial really focuses on some tools to recover detail and fix color washes. The other night, I was shooting a show that had intense color washes of every color – green, blue, magenta, red, etc. It was hard to meter for, but worse than that, the photos were just flat since everything was a monotone of the current wash color. (more…)

Free Redwall Vignette Actions!

I’m working on some super cool new actions that are of the “one-click and you’re done” variety, but until I’m done with that, I thought I would break up all the concert shots with a simple, but useful, free action set. Consider it a present from the Easter Bunny 🙂

This action set is all vignettes. I am a huge fan of vignetting; I love the way it focuses the viewers eyes on the subject of the photo, especially when there is a cluttered stage. However, in general I like a more subtle version of the vignette that just slightly darkens the color of the outer edges of the photo. In this way, the vignette can more effectively do it’s job of directing the viewer’s attention, rather than being overpowering, and therefore, counterproductive. Basic Photoshop tricks produce a black vignette, which can look very fake when used with brightly colored stage lighting. This is where this action set comes in. (more…)