Frame by Frame: Zach & Lisa

Bolivar Family Photography - Jordan Brittley It’s Friday! Isaac and I are celebrating Christmas with my side this weekend and I can’t wait to get in the kitchen with everyone, go exploring on my parent’s land and watch the chickens roam free. Oh, I love the country! And our Earendil will have her puppies any day now! It’s safe to assume that I will post photos on instagram after the puppies are here!

I am often asked how I get my digital work to look so much like my film work and after receiving a few questions about the image above, I decided to answer those questions on the blog!

Film or Digital?

Digital! I shot the image using the Canon 5D Mark iii and the Canon 85 f/1.2.

How did you get the coloring?

In-camera: I shoot everything in Kelvin so that I have maximum control over the warmth of an image. For this particular image, the sun was diffused by the clouds and trees so there was a little bit of a green shift in the color. I adjusted the white balance shift by increasing the magenta to balance the color. This image was shot at 5200K.

Post: I increased the magenta (+1) and decreased the temperature to 5050K.

They both look so relaxed. Can you tell me how you got this expression from them?

This is such a great question!! This was actually taken during a family session while the kids were exploring a little. I started by having them dance so that they could transition from taking care of children to each other. Then I asked him to kiss her forehead and I let them soak in that moment before I gave the final instruction to wrap their arms around each other.

I love her soft expression paired with his obvious love for her. I love images that seem to bring everything to a halt and demand my attention. It's not a frame that can ever be recreated because it is something completely genuine and everything in the frame points to the emotion of the subject(s). I love this image for that reason and I want to keep pushing myself to produce more and more images like this one right here.

What kind of post-processing did you do on the image??

I like to do most of the work in-camera, but there are a few adjustments that I made to the image (as seen below)! I always increase the contrast and decrease the blacks for a richer photograph. This helps to balance my love for illuminated images! I also bumped up the exposure just a little bit!

How to Edit a Digital Photograph

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