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"Less is More" Processing Intimate Scenes

Run Time:  1 hr 52 min

In this tutorial video I show how to tastefully process intimate scenes where you don't have dramatic lighting or colorful skies to work with. You will learn how to find the perfect balance of power and subtlety in order to achieve a clean and intriguing result within a smaller scene. I cover my simple workflow of these two images from start to finish, including the decisions I made while composing and shooting these scenes in the field. The main techniques covered are, but not limited to: Using luminosity masks for shadow recovery, midtone contrast, increasing overall luminosity, enhancing light, adding definition, color separation, and color correction. I also cover dodging and burning, adding Orton, adding subtle vignettes, removing unwanted objects through cloning, and making local color and brightness adjustments. This video will help give you direction in order to shoot and process intimate scenes in the field and achieve a dramatic and powerful result without needing to include skies or multiple objects.

PSD files of the processed images are included to refer to and follow along with. You do not need to purchase any external plug-ins, apps, or programs in order to achieve the results shown in this video. You will only need Camera RAW/Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.

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  • Kevin Monahan

    on March 3, 2022

    One thing that is very nice about this tutorial is that even though it is geared towards smaller intimate scenes, the skills you learn by following along can be applied to grand landscapes as well. I was able to take what I learned from this video and apply it to one of my wide angle images to transform it into something I am super happy with! I highly recommend Eric's tutorials no matter what skill level you have when it comes to Photoshop.

  • Martin Gonzalez

    on July 10, 2019

    I really really enjoyed this tutorial. Eric guides you through his whole thought process behind everything from the composition to the editing style he chooses for each image. There are some real great techniques found within each video that I refer to often. He always keeps the viewer in the loop with what he is doing and more importantly, why he is doing it. It's real easy for me to get caught up in a technique and how to use it then rather why I am using it. This is something that is covered quite well in this tutorial. Although this was my first tutorial by Eric, I'm really looking forward to the next one.

  • Blake Simpson

    on July 3, 2019

    As always, Eric is very articulate and not only explains what techniques he uses, but why he chooses these techniques for each individual image. I have watched many processing tutorial videos, but I was particularly impressed how Eric introduced new Photoshop techniques I had never used before. It was also interesting to see that background behind the composition for each intimate scene. Looking forward to checking out Eric's other videos!

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