Shelley Richmond | Behind the shot #4: The Clown

Behind the shot #4: The Clown

December 03, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I've spent most of this week down in London hanging out with some amazing photographers. On Monday I tagged along to Rosie Hardy & Alexandra Cameron's Circus themed workshop in Hampstead. I'm running my very first workshop myself this coming Saturday so it was great to see how they ran the day and managed everything across multiple locations.

This was a shot from towards the end of the day as the light had gotten very low. I don't do a lot of work with artificial lighting but Rosie set up this shot lit with one of the props that we'd been using for another, a big beautiful light up star!

We were in a wooden panelled room in Burgh House which gives that incredibly orange glow, plus the lighting was all tungsten so it was a very orange shot to begin with.

Here's the before and after:

In terms of editing the shot went into ACR first where I applied a VSCO preset and adjusted the white balance, I also used a warm gradient coming in from the top left corner and a cool one from the bottom right. I then opened it in photoshop for a little skin retouching and dodge and burning and finished off with sharpening using the High Pass filter.

The technical bits:

Canon 6D (tungsten white balance) / Sigma 50mm 1.4 lens f1.4 / 1/200sec ISO-400 / edited in ACR with VSCO pack 5 Kodal UltraMax 800


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