Business Portrait On-location Photo Shoot (behind-the-scenes & Photoshop)

So we’re on our way to a shoot at a car
dealership. I was hired to take pictures of all of the employees there for their
website. So I’m bringing my 5D Mark III, and what do you have there, Tony? -this is the backup camera it’s a 5d mark
II and you have the 70-200 which is perfect for
headshots. This is a 24-105 the nice Sigma f/4 and
again it’s just a back up, we shouldn’t ever need this. We also don’t plan to use the flash, but
if everything else fails if that Cyber Commander fails to trigger the strobes.
we can use the optical slaves from the flash here. -It’s always good to have a back-up, plan
on something failing. So we’re going to load up our car here
and just tell you what here we’re bringing as we load it up. This is our large Paul C. Buff
collapsible soft box so that will give a nice diffused light if there isn’t
adequate lighting in the dealership. -This is the Paul C. Buff Einstein E-640
which will attach to that soft boxe, this will be our main light. Here I have just a
bracket on the stand, it’s just useful to have one of these, you can attach
anything to it. -These are our Vagbond Mini by Paul
C. Buff and they’re batteries to hook our strobes up to/ -That way we don’t have to attach or have power
cords running everywhere where people might trip over it, it’s a little easier
outside of the studio. This is a reflector and we have
diffusers inside as well. Getting pretty crowded in there. -And this
is going to be a hair light or background light as we need it, just a
second light. It will be triggered by the Cyber Commander just like that Einstein
light and will run it from the other Vagabond. -I was told there would be a nice
background there but you’re never sure, we didn’t scope out the place yet so I
was going to use the white side of this backdrop in case their background wasn’t
very appealing. Throw that in there. I also brought a
lint brush just to make sure everyone is nice and clean. I have some painters tape to mark the
spot where everyone can stand so that everyone’s in the same location. And… some tape to hold the backdrop against the wall. -And this is a Panasonic
GH2 on a tripod, this is just going to be a b-roll camera for the
behind-the-scenes. The GH2 is a micro four thirds camera and it’s a little bit
old now but records great 1080p video and it runs forever, it doesn’t shut off
after 30 minutes like most DSLRs do. -I think that’s it. We just have to grab our coats and head
out. -Let’s go. -Alright. You might be able to find an angle where
we could get this line of cars in it, we have to stand up a little bit to look
down but we might be able to do that. -I was thinking this is a little too
colorful. -Yeah it is. You want to do it in my office then? -I have that, the other side is white. -yeah
the wall might be easier, I don’t know how much room there is in there. -yeah -The one other thing for this Tony, is that
we don’t have the nice natural light. -Yeah the lightning is, uh… rough. -We’ll have to use this.. -it’s a little tight to bring
lighting in. And I think we’ll just have one of us
stand behind him with the reflector -Yeah, I think it’ll be easy, so let’s get one more,
I’ll get my settings I’ll put a mark on the floor and we’ll get it done. You guys ready? Yeah will you be my model one more time? So I’m really glad that we picked a spot
that has natural light because a lot of the people here are different heights
and I would have had to adjust the softbox with every different person, it
would have been a lot more set up. So my recommendation for you would be to look
for natural light and bring a flash for fill light. -But be prepared in case it
doesn’t work out and you have to have artificial light. One of the reasons we
picked the 5D Mark III for this job is it takes two memory card slots and it can
write to both cards simultaneously. That way if one of the cards has a
problem we have another copy and we don’t have to go back and reshoot
everything. Yeah there you go. I didn’t think that it was the best I
could have done, I would have preferred if they came into the studio. I mean I know that that wasn’t possible. So now I’m back in my office and i’ve uploaded my pictures. I’m going to show you how to sort
through them, rate them and even edit them. Now that I have my photo in
Photoshop, I’m going to start by cleaning up my subject’s skin. So I have a filter
called portraiture and I love it and it does a really good job. It smooths out the
skin without taking away all the pores, which can kind of leave people looking a
bit lifeless and doll-like. So i’ll zoom in a bit more on his face so I can see
exactly what Portraiture is doing. I don’t want to lose any of these fine
lines or anything like that because it would make him look unnatural. So you can see, I can up the threshold
here and it smooths them out way too much. Looks like a boudoir shot or something
and this is a professional photo so he’s definitely not going for that. These
sliders here control the details. So this would control the large details and
smooth it out less if you were to bring them down and I actually think that looks
pretty good. Let me turn down the fine details a bit so
play around with it, it’s definitely to taste. And my only suggestion would be to
not smooth out people skin too much. Not even women. If you notice any residual marks, you can see there are a few just little
pores you can leave them in and use other tools in Photoshop to take care
of that. So i’m satisfied with this for now and then i’ll zoom in and use my
other tools to take care of any other small imperfections. So I want my spot
healing brush and i use my left bracket. I don’t want to remove too many things
because once again it will look just too unnatural and smooth. I think that looks pretty good the one
other thing I’m going to do is in person I didn’t see that his brow is furrowed at
all so I’m going to take the little furrow out of his brow. And I’ll just
use my lasso tool, circle it, delete and then use content
aware fill, that usually does a good job. And then use Ctrl D to deselect the area. I like to just zoom in to make sure it
looks natural and that actually doesn’t look too great. So I’m gonna try it again. That looks much better. The next thing I’m going to do is just brighten his teeth a little bit. They look great,
they are nice and white, but we’re used to seeing very white teeth in in the media so it’s
nice to just kind of brighten them up a tad bit. And here i added a new layer and i use
the overlay layer I select my paintbrush and use bright
white. You’re going to think this looks insane
but you just fill in just the front teeth. This is really bright, but once i’m done
i’m going to turn down the opacity and it will look natural. We’ll see I don’t want to whiten them them too much. So I’ll zoom out and make sure it looks natural. You can even turn down your opacity on
your brush a little bit it to get these back teeth, but remember that the back
teeth are usually a bit darker, so if you make these really bright, let me show you what I mean. I can’t really because i have the
opacity down, but if you make these too bright it won’t look good. Ok. So the teeth look nice and next I’m
going to just brighten his eyes a tad bit. So i’ll use my Dodge tool, I have the
mid-tones selected and my exposure down to thirty percent and I just do a little half circle. Let me see And the next thing I’m going to do here,
just because he has fair skin is just fill in his eyebrows a
little bit. They’re in the midtones, so I have the mid-tone selected and my
exposure is really low, it’s only sixteen percent, and i’m just going to define
them a little bit. Lastly I’m going to brighten up the
background. I’ll do that by selecting the background
and i’m going to use let’s see, I think I’ll use my magic wand tool
to fix the areas that it’s selected that I don’t want selected I can use this
tool to subtract from the selection but I usually like to press alt, the alt key,
and then it does it for you. You can also use this button here to add to the selection, but i’m actually going to use
layer masks and i’ll show you how. If you aren’t great at selecting by hand, you can
also use the mask tool which i think is easier. So i’m going to show you how to
select the background better using the mask tool. So i will go to the
brightness and contrast and i’m going to raise the brightness of the background,
you can see i missed a big chunk, but that’s not a big deal because then I can
go into the mask and use my paintbrush with either black or white to add or
subtract to the selected area. So white is going to add to the selected area, so I
will make my brush bigger by pressing the right bracket and then just paint it
in. And I selected the wrong parts here, so i’ll use black to get rid
of that. So you can see this is the before and it
still looks natural just a bit brighter and better and this is the after. Since they’re professional photos, you
don’t want them to look too glamorous or touched up that can actually be
embarrassing if they’re going to be meeting with a client and in their
picture they look 40 years younger, that’s going
to be off-putting to the client. So make sure that it looks like they
look in real life but just the best version of themselves. That’s it, pretty simple! If you like this
video please subscribe to our channel and if you like our lessons and teaching
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100 thoughts on “Business Portrait On-location Photo Shoot (behind-the-scenes & Photoshop)

  1. I like to keep it simple, that being said with all the lighting equipment you brought, it appears you primarily used the Gary Fong light modifier! It's nice to have all the bells and whistles for the studio but location shooting can be become a nightmare if one gets caught up in all the "gear" and the complications of managing it an hectic atmosphere. I use the Fong modifier and snoot a lot and my work flow on the front end goes really quick. Keep up the good work!

  2. I really like these behind the scenes! They answer many questions I don't have to ask. Photographers here are jerks and don't share ANY info! A few questions though if I may, what CF/SD cards do you prefer and what kind of keyboard/mouse do you guys use please and thank you 🙂

  3. Glad you guys you are doing OK business wise and having work – You guys are great – great video – thanks   also I likewise love Gary Fong's light-sphere

  4. As with your other videos, a high information density, much appreciated by us low bandwidth folks. Crisp, info loaded delivery much appreciated! Forwarded to my partner,who shoots "mug shots" as part of her job.

    Only whine is to plead for toning down the volume, if not eliminating the audio.

    Won't harp on this, but, given that you're at the top of your game, consider that TED talks don't feature a sound track.

    You're (really) good enough NOT to require a sound track similar to <insert "reality TV show here>. It distracts from your message. At least, turn down the volume.



  5. i wish the school photographers could have edited the imperfections out out our school photos they used softening filters for most of my school photos witch reduced the flaws for some reason photos taken in the studio were always better than photos taken on location using the lights on stands with umbrella reflectors is this usaly the resault

  6. hello Chelsea and Tony im just wondering waht was your setting on your camera and flash for the headshot?thank you you guys been very helpful

  7. what photoshop program do you use? I want to use a program to edit photos of cars. where can i download it. thank you

  8. Thanks Chelsea. I recently subscribed to Adobe's Creative Cloud for Photographers – You should do more videos on Photoshop taking it slow for us new at it.

  9. Great video as usual, but I wish there were a few tips on posing, and how to direct the subject. Since you're not using professional models, I imagine direction is  very important.

  10. Dr T, your thoughts: Lightsphere Collapsable Diffuser by Gary Fong??? (Have one, great results with off-camera flash. However, no experience with umberella flash to see if it is an equivalent replacement–the claim…)

  11. at 4:41 you state you're going to show your workflow process for culling/rating the photos. Is this available in another video? Always interested in how others go through their collections.

  12. For the teeth, you might find it easier to select the teeth with the quick selection, select hue/saturation and select the yellows and drop the saturation and boost the brightness a little. Its a lot faster and has a more natural look. Great video as always!

  13. Can I ask a question ? I can't change or adjust my crop area box in photoshop CS6, anybody knows how to solve this problem? Anytime I click on the crop tool, I can't change or adjust the curve of crop box. It seems happen when I use rectangular tool, magic wand tool, lasso tool.

  14. Tony and Chelsea, I enjoyed the video shoot. it was great that you were able to improvise when it came to the office, and the open area of the dealership using the available light. nice job all around. I do appreciate your videos, and that of others who take time out from your schedules to creating them. thanks. I would like to ask a question if I may, how much can one charge for such a shoot? I'm not asking what you made, but what can a photographer ask for? ball park.

  15. Saludos Tony y Chelsea. Muchas gracias por compartir con todos tus seguidores sus conocimientos acerca de fotografía peroooooooooooo 😝😝😝 usan solo equipo top of the line y no es justo para los principiantes y estudiantes que somos de recursos muy limitados. Por favor den recomendaciones, tips, trucos para los q empezamos en la fotografía. Muchas Gracias y saludos desde Mexico City

  16. This was very helpful! …but then all your vidz have been!! I thought I was pro because I used to specialise in Glamour shots and had a good understanding of photography and photoshop (in its early days), but since finding you two I have learned so so much more and come to realise that I am still only semi-pro lol. Nothing better than learning a new trick 🙂 So, as a new viewer n subscriber, thank you both!

  17. Too much photo editing work for not much difference. How much was the entire pay and hours? Wife and husband business… how nice.

  18. I am not a fan of on camera flash. I think you should at least had brought in a few professional strobe heads with either a softbox or umbrella and a 4 foot Arctic white seamless. The light would had looked nicer than an on camera flash. You had two people with your team and its a bit more of an effort but the outcome is more professional.

  19. At 04:00 have you ever actually had a pro-grade CF card fail? It's always in the back of my mind, but I've never had a problem in all the years I've been using them… I never delete in camera, always format and never shoot till FULL. My camera bodies all have two slots in them, but I use one for stills and the second card designated for video. Is redundant date collection in camera still necessary in your opinion?

  20. I like the "loading" part of the video……..I over pack as well, you never know! In NYC, cars may not be an option, so we have to hand carry everything up and down subway stairs so it's critical to pack everything well. As a "combat" celeb and entertainment photog, we have about 30 sec to a min to shoot, I highly recommend bringing a tripod for those shots and also to have a vertical grip, it is easier on your arm and no chicken wing 🙂

  21. uff…you can see from a mile away that you are a rookie, both shooting and ps. You have no idea how to direct the "model" for a corporate headshot, bad light no separation…etc. in Ps you are terrible,, wrong tools for the task and is taking you at least twice the time, even the simple Portraiture you stumbled around.On teeth make a separate layer, put white and after kick in some gausian blur will look more natural, eyes the same…and delete the spills………uff

  22. Chelsea's shooting with the 📷 Canon 5D Mark II on Amazon with a ⭐ 70-200 f/2.8 on Amazon
    Tony is using the 📷 5D Mark II on Amazon and the ⭐ Sigma 24-105 f/4 on Amazon
    ⭐Paul C. Buff Cyber Commander on Amazon

  23. Interesting how she said she had been booked to shoot the job and it was the guy taking all the photos. I only saw her holding the reflector? And those teeth – who has teeth that white?

  24. Why don’t you fold your stuff up like your reflectors, and the soft box? Doesn’t that make you appear a little less professional?

  25. Hi there! What would you recommend for an owner of D850, regarding off camera flash when it comes to using radio controller n receivers.
    Hope to hearing from you many thanks.

  26. You said at the beginning that the speedlight is just in case….? You put in car, all the C BUFF products for advertising or what. I know the answer, yes for sure. And all the gear loose in the trunk, just said that it was for the demonstration at least. Two photographs on the set, take a stand with a clip.

  27. I love how far you two (three w/ Justin) have came with your content over the years. I'm glad this ol' timey music went away. Keep up the great work!

  28. I assume you're showing the equipment as you throw it unprotected into the car. You normally pack it better, right?

  29. Pretty good tutorial. If you must have background music choose something that doesn't compete with dialogue

  30. I enjoyed watching this video. I wish there was more actual behind the scenes of the shoot though, maybe some discussion about posing and composition and working with people who aren't professional models. The editing tips were helpful too. It's also refreshing to see that even professionals have to be flexible when they're on the job, and that it's best to be prepared for anything!

  31. ask their parents for baby pictures, chop the babies heads off and put them into the suits.

    Et Voila, they look youthful and professional, you can present them to the clients, they will be so happy they won't call you again and talk about you among friends, plus they will keep the photos to themselves

  32. You reviewed all this expensive lighting but ended up using what appears to be a Gary Fong type modifier, and yet you did not mention it! I recall a review you did where you had disdain for it. Really? Guess you changed your opinion?

  33. How do you not get the reflector on the picture? That’s what I’m worried about when shooting. Should I just edit it out?

  34. Chelsea & Tony thanks for sharing this. Did you have any trouble matching natural window light with flash fill light and indoor artificial lighting?

  35. One thing I always do when shooting portraits is I make sure that the subject’s clothing is 100% the way it should be – that guy’s pink tie could’ve been tightened a bit, and knot tightened as well.

  36. I love your videos! I’m that guy that always watches and never comments. I felt the need to have to tell you guys. So simple and love how you guys explain things! Thank You!!

  37. to be honest I liked the before way better! For my understanding you cut to much of his hair on the upper part! imo it was a a bit semi professional like 😀

  38. I wished you had used the car's in the background instead of using the white reflector. Have you tried a high key portrait effect in a office setting? If so, can you send me the video or tell me the best way to accomplish that technique?

  39. You said at first that the flash was only to fire the strobes and you end up using the flash as a fill light? And used none of the other equipment you packed?

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