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Something Different (NSFW)

by on Sep.09, 2018, under Articles, Lightroom, Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photos, Photoshop CS2/4, Photoshop Elements

 New Take on Model “A”

This past August, I had the opportunity to work again with “A”. (I call her “A” because she hasn’t yet selected a modeling alias.) We had previously worked together in Sedona which was her first ever nude photo session. I knew she had the potential to be extraordinary because she’s intelligent, spontaneous and a hard body athlete. However, her spontaneity manifests itself through wanderlust, disappearing for months at a time, going where ever her van takes her. When I heard she was back, I immediately made arrangements to work with her again, this time at Red Bench Studio in Jerome, AZ.

Because “A” has the lean, hard body of an athlete, I didn’t want the usual soft, undulating bodyscapes I often make of full bodied models. I went with mostly full length figure studies and some close ups to emphasize her lithe build. I also tried something very different which I discovered while “futzing” around with Affinity Photo, a potential LR/PS replacement.

Here are my current efforts with “A’s” photos. As always, any and all feedback is appreciated. The first five are high key images taking advantage of the beautifully soft light in the studio. The last seven are my attempts at creativity that extends outside the box. If you’ve seen other photos like the last seven, please let me know so I can study how others have achieved the same effects.

High Key 5 High Key 3 High Key 1 High Key 2 High Key 4

Golden Nude in Repose Looking for Love Groovy Blue Girl Eye of the Storm Neural Network

I finally got fed up with Lightroom and Photoshop and decided to find alternatives. In the process, I tried Rawtherapee, a fast, responsive RAW developer that is somewhat obtuse due to it’s open source roots. Documentation and tutorials are fragmented and of varying quality. It’s an excellent product but not for the technically challenged. I also bought Affinity Photo and Luminar 2018. Both are good PS alternatives but neither includes a DAM (digital asset manager.) A DAM is crucial for photographers who download, process and archive hundreds to thousands of images per session. This is Lightroom’s raison d’être, it’s reason for existing. Both Affinity and Luminar have made promises to release a DAM in the near future but, to date, nothing has been officially announced. Both have excellent documentation and a whole library of video tutorials.

I’ll review all three products in a future blog but, for the moment, I’m developing RAW files in Rawtherapee and then importing them into LR where I rank, sort and archive them. From LR, I then go out to either Affinity Photo or Luminar 2018 for final edits. The final images are then saved as either Affinity or Luminar files and a small jpeg web version is exported for use on the web or emails. Keep in mind that changing your workflow can be a real “PITA” and should not be undertaken lightly.


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