Magic lakes

Practical Photography (UK) - - Photoshop Genius - By Rus­lan Korosten­skij

Rus­lan says: Di­rect­ing and paint­ing are two of my pro­fes­sional back­grounds that I al­ways try to bring to my pho­tog­ra­phy. Here, I wanted to con­vey a story and leave it open to the viewer to de­cide on the nar­ra­tive. The hard­est part of this shoot was mak­ing the light look nat­u­ral and soft as it was taken in low light and the lanterns were quite dim.

Dan says: Ex­am­in­ing Rus­lan’s im­age, it’s clear that a huge amount of thought has gone into the scene – it’s ab­so­lutely packed with sub­tle de­tails. The tex­tures are sub­lime, from the gnarled bark of the enor­mous fallen tree to the model’s smooth vel­vet dress.

This im­age uses the or­ange and teal colour ton­ing method to make it look more cin­e­matic. The warm tones come from the lanterns and the model’s hair, while the cooler tones are found in the dress and earthy wood­land greens. The hot and cold colour pal­ette works bril­liantly well, though some ad­di­tional pools of light could be added to make the lanterns ap­pear as if they’re kick­ing out more light. This adds some won­der­ful dra­matic light­ing and you’ll see how you can do it in the Photo Fix panel be­low.

There’s a lot go­ing on in this im­age, so in our ver­sion we’ve smoothed out the water, en­larged the fish to make them more prom­i­nent, and re­moved the mirror, re­plac­ing it with some trees to make the com­po­si­tion less clut­tered.

BE­FORE Canon 6D | 85mm | 1/250sec | f/3.2 | ISO 800

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