Welcome to another editing video.

This quick little video has been slowed down, just enough, for you to watch the section where I am doing the contouring on the skin. This is commonly know as Dodge and Burn.

Back in the ages ago time, when proper photographers used film, it had to be developed using chemicals. During this stage, one could, if practiced, over expose (Dodge) and underexpose different parts of the negative letting the light (Burn) in and thus darken some other elements. This process was taken over into digital editing and this is why you hear people talking about dodge and burn.  A skilled person could create some amazing effects with just their hands or masks over the images.

Tim Wallace, a few days ago reminded me of a quote by Ansel Adams -

This little video shows this evolving a little bit more and away from just using the normal methods of using the mono shades (black and white) during the dodge and burn process.

The idea is to use the highlights to focus the viewers attention and draw the eye to the important elements of the images. Getting this as near in camera is always the idea, but that is never the end of the story. The song has been written, but not been performed.

Using the same idea that a make up artist matches and blends the skin-tones to the make up, when dodging and burning, I take a sample of the skin, darken by about two stops. This colour then becomes my ‘burn’ colour and is applied using a soft light layer. The same but in reverse is used for the highlights.

I do the same for landscape images or pretty much anything in Photoshop that I need to lighten or darken.

During the video, as you watch it, I have left some handy hints along the way. The best tip apart from the colour dodge and burn idea, is the part where I just drag in the PSD file that has all my editing tones ready to go.  I use this PSD pretty much as a base for all my images at the moment, there is also a few lighting effects saved within this layer.  Next time you make an image you like, just save out the particular elements into a new PSD group and save your time next time you go to edit an image.

I did use the colour Look Up Table to colour the image you can find our more here www.ideasandimages.co.uk/dark-beauty-colour-lookup-mode/

All editing and photography by Dave Kai Piper

Music by soundcloud.com/modestep – Josh and Tony Friend ( https://www.facebook.com/modestep)
Thank you to Chloe-Jasmine, Elizbeth Conner, Morgan DeFre, Vicky Waghorn, Laura Eve Thyer & Sarah Beaufoy
Model – Chloe-Jasmine Whichello (Metro Models)
MakeUp – Morgan DeFre, Vicky Waghorn,


Camera Settings -125th / f6.3 / 100iso

Shot blending Flash & Ambient & SB900 & Orbis Ringflash

Full edit took 28mins in realtime.

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