The first thing I did in order to change this picture was lower the highlights which in turn helped darken up the overall picture a bit and help my dog’s fur shine. Raising the shadows to 35 and lowering down the whites a small bit is what made the biggest difference here in the picture- it really helped to light up and show his left side (the side we see on the right.) I didn’t change anything about the individual colors in the mixer, but I did raise the overall vibrance a small amount. Lastly, I raised the clarity and dehaze by a small amount.
One thing that I’ve noticed about editing any pictures with my dog in them is that raising up the contrast helps create a-lot of textural differences in the pictures between his fur and wherever he’s sitting/ laying down, so that’s one of the first things I raised after also raising the exposure a small amount. Afterwards I lowered down the highlights which helped bring out the pattern and darker tones on the sheet he’s laying on. I then lowered the whites down and raised up the blacks by a good amount which gave his fur a lot more luster and shine. After having raised the saturation a small amount on the oranges for the sheets on his right, I lastly raised the texture, clarity, and dehaze by a small amount on top of lowering the vignette by small amount as well to make the corners a little darker.
Primarily focusing on the outside of the window and lowering the exposure is what helped create the contrast and darkness that helped create the silhouette in the first place, and bringing down the black just made it even darker which in turn makes the point the picture is trying to capture come across more successfully.
For me, the hardest lighting style to capture was Rembrandt. Every other lighting style is easily visible due to the fact that you can make them happen based on the way that you position your head, but for Rembrandt; it seems to me like it’s more about how you manipulate the light itself. In order to capture that style I had to pull down the shade halfway as opposed to the way it was completely up for the other three shots. I think my split shot came out the most successful, but that’s because I think split shots in general are easily identifiable.
Elijah Castra- Working on self portraiture centered around high and low contrast imagery.
Ilda Medel- Working on self portraiture centered around different styles of window- based lighting.
Samantha Loureiro- Working on series of windows and or reflections around neighborhood.
Alex Veras- Working on portraiture centered exclusively around dog throughout different times of day and performing different activities.