I am happy to announce a new recurring post series called The Photog Files. In this ongoing series I will be showcasing my photography and some of the techniques I use when shooting and retouching. On this day I was shooting Helene of Fashion Over Reason. We shot in Williamsburg for this shoot, and it was a bit later in the day. I was shooting with my 50MM f1.4 lens at 400 ISO and I stopped up to f1.8 and was shooting inΒ aperture priority due to the changing light as the sun was going down fast. I also used back button focus.

With back button focus you set the camera to have a button on the back of the camera be the tool that you use to focus. By doing this you separate it from the shutter release. I personally find this easier to use, and it allows you to keep your finger on the button and keep the subject in focus if they are moving closer to or farther away from the camera. This can come in very handy.

Of course the images did not look like this right out out the camera, and I have been doing a lot of research online in regards to professional photo retouching and it has been quite useful. I will be doing a post on that next week. But here I used a technique in which you create two curves adjustment layers. On one of the layers you pull the curves tool up to brighten the overall image, and then on the second layer you pull it down a bit to add in more shadows to give the image more depth. I also used a wonderful skin retouching technique I found online which I will be sharing with you next week as well. And finally I played around with a subtle light leak effects action, which I then fine tuned to my liking.

I still have much to learn when it comes to photography, but at least I am enjoying the process. And for the deets on what Helene is wearing: she is wearing Levi’s jeans, Everlane sweater,Loeffler Randall boots, Brixton hat and Ray-Bans.


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  1. December 14, 2016 / 6:33 am

    I loved the look and I’ve been experimenting with my photography too, I’d love to hear about how you retouch your pictures πŸ™‚

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  2. December 14, 2016 / 10:34 am

    Stunning style cool hat and boots.

  3. December 14, 2016 / 2:25 pm

    Wow, these shots are great! As nice as the cute booties!

  4. December 14, 2016 / 6:18 pm

    I should take some lessons on adjusting a picture, I know nothing about that. But anyway, I loved that you know and the new series, Photog Files! Helene looks great, I loved her necklace and boots, and the whole outfit, in fact! Hope you have a very nice day and week!

  5. December 14, 2016 / 7:43 pm

    What a fun idea for a series! I love how it combines the evolution of your photography along with your personal tips and tricks! Great job on this shoot btw! The last image is my fave!

  6. December 15, 2016 / 2:22 am

    I love her look Allie! Her style is simple and so chic, i want those boots, too , alas! Her car and sunnies are perfect with this.
    You did a great job here. I am looking forward to reading about how you edit these. I use Snapseed by Google, and for light leaks I use Roookie cam, both Apps. Stay warm tomorrow!
    xx, Elle

  7. December 15, 2016 / 2:25 am

    Great shots! This series sounds interesting. I would definitely be very excited to read your next post! I have a lot of trouble with understanding the ‘curves’ adjustments and layers haha. Thanks for sharing all this!!


  8. December 15, 2016 / 2:49 am

    Love your photos! What a fun series πŸ™‚

  9. December 15, 2016 / 1:33 pm

    You took some great pictures! I love a 50mm 1.4 as well – it’s pretty much my default lenses though I’ve been meaning to pick up more. Did you use lightroom to edit?

  10. December 15, 2016 / 11:45 pm

    I like this outfit, it’s simple but with great details, such as the necklace and hat. <3 /Madison

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