The 56mm extremely sharp. It has a very wide open aperture that provides a pleasant softening effect (bokeh) in the out-of-focus areas. This gives me a lot to work with when I apply the techniques outlined below. Since my images are primarily used for commercial advertising, these soft areas provide a convenient area for art directors to place type.
|This is the final image after re-working it in Photoshop with the high key techniques illustrated below. I selected this one because I loved the way the baby was playing with the model's curly hair.|
|Using the same technique as the flare above but with the intensity lowered to 110% and all the flaring circles painted out.|
|This color layer was created by selecting a color from within the image and filling a new layer with it. I use this layer to provide tonal harmony to the photo. The layer mode was set to Soft Light.|
Below are a couple of other samples from the shoot. They were done in a similar manner, but with varying degrees of intensity in the technique.
|Done with almost the same technique as the photo above it, the color layer of this image was chosen for its warm tone.|