It‘s Dézi and in this post, I would like to show you how I edit the Undersea Bikini photos with some BEFORE – AFTER images included!
Let‘s start it!
The most important thing when I shoot is that I put my camera on manual mode, and I adjust all the setting according to the lights and other circumstances. This is very important if you want to have a good outcome and you don’t want to spend hours on one picture afterwards by editing.
If you have the right settings, you save a lot of time and energy later. Not to mention that I don’t like when a picture is way too edited and stands far from the real shot.
After, I have the right settings, I try to find the best angles to shoot from.
“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.” —Ansel Adams
Knowing where to stand is part of creating an attractive background, of getting a great angle in a portrait, and something of interest in a landscape foreground. These can all be fixed by your position – where you are in relation to your subject.
When you shoot models it’s important to understand how to pose them and angle the body toward the camera. It’s crazy that how a simple adjustment of angling the body can result in better portraits. You can easily make your model look taller and slimmer by the right position and angle.
Ohhh, the hardest part! 😀 Usually I take hundreds of pictures during a shooting and the most difficult part is when I need to sit down and select JUST A FEW from all and decide which will go public. I always like a lot of them but nobody wants to see 15 very similar pictures taken at the same location at the same bikini at the same position, so I always try to choose the best ones of each angle/series and edit only those ones. Sometimes, I can‘t help myself tho and I edit more similar ones. In this case I just post them with longer time difference in between.
Fun fact: Moni and I always choose different ones, somehow she always like those ones that I don‘t, so it makes our final decision even harder 😀
Here we go, the exciting part!
There are many photo editing tools out there, but most photographers typically use Adobe Photoshop for editing, just like I do. It’s a powerful yet intuitive tool that can help you bring out the best in your images.
I love to spend time on the computer, working on creating the image I want from a photo I’ve taken.
The first thing I do during editing the pictures is to crop if it‘s necessary. It allows you to remove unnecessary elements and put more focus on the subject. Then I straighten the picture. I can go nuts if a picture is not straight. I don’t know what about you, but it really bothers my eyes.
The second step is the colour correction. Using Photoshop’s suite of adjustment tools, you can correct the photo’s exposure to bring out more detail.
If there is any distraction (like the people walking on the beach, rubbish on the ground, etc.) on the picture, usually I remove it, so it doesn’t ruin the photo anymore. Without distractions to draw your eyes in different directions, you look deeper into the moment that actually matters. (in our case, the bikinis need to be in focus)
As for skin retouching – I don’t do much. However, I always remove the unwanted body hair around the bikini bottom and the bigger scars if the model have any. I like to keep the stretch – and cellulite marks if there is any, I believe we shouldn’t hide it at all.
Normally, I don’t alter a body shape for an image radical, as I truly don’t believe that is moral or necessary. I don’t want to be a hypocrite tho, small corrections can happen if I see that way more esthetical.
I think it is normal to make some mistakes during the shootings because we need to pay attention on several things and it can happen that somehow we just miss some details. In this case, I correct them later by Photoshop. (For example, we left a bracelet on the model that we don‘t want, then I remove it by Photoshop)
Lately, I like to use some effects on my final images by VSCO before I post them on Instagram. My favourite effect is called A4, however, it depends on the actual picture I edit which preset I use.
So, there you have it, a short insight into how my images go from camera to end product! I really enjoy the whole process from organizing a shooting to the final editing. I like that each image gets given the time it needs. I would never publish any imagery without taking the time to edit it, because it is very much part of the final work but now, I made an exception.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my process, and if you have any questions about it, please don’t hesitate to ask me 🙂