Looking forward

I very rarely get the dads in for a maternity shoot and I’m SO glad this dad allowed himself to be in a few of the shots too. For these shots I, as usual, used my single light set up with natural light for fill. Because I work in a small area I almost always have to stretch out my background to get the crop I want. This is all explained in the tutorials which come with the action sets and you can see at the bottom of the post the before shot of this first one. Apart from the background stretching you will also see how I used my actions to edit the rest of the image. Actions like Skin smoothing, Lighten up, Eye define, Paint on contrast etc. All the black and white images are converted with my Sharp contrast Black and White action. For the first two black and whites I played a little with conversion which you can see in the tutorial called Dodge and Burn which has now also been added to the tutorial list (for all previous purchasers please go to the page of links that you would have got with your action set to see the new tutorials 🙂 )


So here below is my SOOC and resulting image of the first shot. I shoot with a Speedlite 580exii in a 50×50″ softbox triggered from my camera, with a 6ft white paper roll. The ‘fur’ is 3 giant IKEA cusion covers that are cut open, laid flat and sewn together to make a pretty decent sized rug for not that much money.


People often ask me what I would recommend them buying from my site if they just want to speed up their workflow for clean editing and not experiment too much with different looks. That’s an easy one for me to answer. The SquareBalloonatic Essential Workflow action set that you can find on this page will give you lots of great actions and also a link to all the tutorials.

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