A few years back I headed out to Duncan's Cove with one of my best friends and photographed her in her Confessor cosplay. Now, Duncan's Cove on its own is pretty epic but it wasn't as epic as I wanted for this photo shoot. I always felt these photos missed something and thought about them often.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I was watching Renee Robyn's class on CreativeLive and I watched her put some mountains in the background of an image, and bingo, a light went off and I was inspired to revisit this shoot. I'll freely admit where the idea of a mountain horizon came in, (thank you to Renee Robyn and her amazing class!)
The image still felt a bit flat and I've been working on it off and on for about two weeks. Again, surfing CreativeLive (one of my fav educational sites) and I stumbled across Lindsay Adler's Mastering Blend Modes which was on sale. I grabbed the course and I have to say it is amazing. During the class Lindsay talks about another class on colour toning images, this was intriguing and I had to check it out, I've been catching a bit of this class each day and it started to get me thinking about how to finish this image.
Learning about colour toning has been fascinating. This is something they do for movies, putting colours in shadows and highlights to evoke emotion. Most popular are blues in the shadows and oranges in the highlights, but a classic example of colour toning I have learned is the Matrix which relied heavily on greens throughout the movie. Lindsay talks about adding purples or blues to her images to convey mystery and this inspired me to add colour toning to this image. I am extremely happy with how it turned out.
I thought it might be fun to share a few screen shots from my editing process to my completed version:
**What helped inspire me this week?
Renee Robyn - CreativeLive Class
Essential Compositing Techniques https://www.creativelive.com/class/essential-compositing-techniques-renee-robyn?via=my-classes-owned_2
Lindsay Adler - CreativeLive Classes
Mastering Blend Modes https://www.creativelive.com/class/mastering-blend-modes-lindsay-adler?via=catalog-class_2
Transforming Your Images with Colour Grading on CreativeLive https://www.creativelive.com/class/transform-your-images-with-color-grading-lindsay-adler?via=catalog-class_2
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