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Boxer Part 3: Editing – Plan it, Shoot it, Edit with Gavin Hoey

Boxer Part 3: Editing – Plan it, Shoot it, Edit with Gavin Hoey


In this video I’ll take you through how I edit the photos from my boxing themed photoshoot. Hello I’m Gavin Hoey and you’re watching AdoramaTV brought to you by Adorama the camera store that’s got everything for us photographers and this is another “Plan it, Shoot it, Edit it” series of videos with a boxing theme. This is actually the third one, the Edit it video. If you want to check out the previous two planning and shooting? Well they’re already on AdoramaTV. So what am I going to do, well the boxing shoot went really well. The pictures I’m very pleased with. I’ve done a quick edit on some of the shots and I found there was two distinct styles of shot that worked. So the first one is a really gritty black-and-white shot that looks great with the boxing theme and the second one worked really well with the smoke, that’s to bring up the texture and I’ll show you how I do both of them right now. So let’s start with the black-and-white one. So here’s an image in Photoshop Camera RAW and I want to edit this as a black and white shot. You can see it’s got a few things that may need fine-tuning, this and things in the background, there’s a purple patch here well, a light up there but I’ll talk about those as we go through. First thing to do is just make this black and white and I can do that first, now because it’s right here on the basic panel where before it was a bit hidden and I’ll explain where in just a second, but now I can just click black and white and there we are black and white. Whilst I’m here let’s just add in some of my favorites. A little bit of housekeeping, like some clarity and some important stuff like actually adding some noise reduction. Next one along is the one I’m really interested in. It used to be HSL grayscale now it’s called black and white mix, so if you’re using an older version of Photoshop, find the monochrome or grayscale box check that and then you’ll be right here, where I am now. So what does it do? Well it gives me some sliders that relate to the color that was in the image and how bright that color should be in black and white. Basically grab a slider, throw it either side, if you like the result great and that’s what I’m going to do. Let’s get the red slider and chuck it all the way over to the right-hand side. Anything that was red will become brighter or the left-hand side anything that was red will become darker and this instantly reveals one of the mistakes I made in the planning stage, because I wanted Roger to wear red, because Red’s one of those powerful colors and I forgot how red the room was that we would be in, so red room, red Roger, it really does become a bit of a problem with some of the black and white images. So in hindsight I should have got Roger to wear blue, that would have been easier or even better paint the room blue. Probably the first one actually now I think about it. So we’ll make the Reds a little bit brighter, fortunately there wasn’t just red in the room there is also some oranges and yellows, so orange has quite a strong effect. We’ll bring that down and yellow especially in these beams around the top because they were actually yellow. That gives us a very sort of darker look which is what I want, to try and make Roger stand out. Now the window was full of green foliage so I reckon we can darken that down with the greens, the acqua’s do pretty much nothing so they can go anywhere, blue this ones fun. Have a look at this here, so there’s the flash in my shot really couldn’t get it anywhere else. It is going to be cloned out but that’s quite a tricky clone job however if I change the blue slider? Notice just how much easier that cloning job is going to be now. Okay so there’s a lot of blue in that light. Now remember that sort of weird purple patch in the right-hand side? Well I can make that brighter or darker as well, so we can just tone that purple down. I don’t think it’s much in the magentas, not really so that can go, almost anywhere. So that’s basically the black and white bit done, but that’s a global change and most photography needs a little bit of local adjustments to really enhance it, so let’s do a bit of local work using the adjustment brush. So here in Camera RAW or Lightroom this could be in Lightroom too, same technique find the adjustment brush and then you can start to go to town on the smaller areas for example, down by his feet where I lost a little bit of brightness with the blue slider earlier, well I can paint a bit more clarity down there and that’s going to resolve that issue for me. I also want some clarity on Rogers back but I’m going to make sure I make a new brush because I might not want the same amount even though I’m painting exactly the same amount. It’s always a good idea whenever possible to make your adjustment brushes new, so you can selectively adjust the contrast. In this case on a smaller area. So that works okay, there’s a few bits I want to darken down so let’s make another new brush and we’ll just darken down this white pad which was a little bit bright and whilst we’re going we’ll just darken down some of this white work around the outside of the room. Obviously you can go and clone that out. You get the idea, I’m not going to go through cloning in this video because we’ve done that many times before so there it is with the cloning done and my final black and white image completed. So for the second look, it was the pictures that I did right at the end of the shoot with smoke, if you’re going to do smoke you always do it at the end of the shoot because there’s not much you can do once you filled the room up with smoke and we did fill it up. So I want to use a tool to really bring up the texture. Photoshop has some great tools but nothing that really gives me the look I’m after so in the past I’ve used NIK software. you can see previous videos where I’ve done that like the first “Plan it, Shoot it, Edit it” video, you’ll find I used Nik there but there are other tools, new and upcoming tools and I’m going to use one of them here. I’m going to use Luminar by Skylum or Macphun as it once was known. If you want a nothing more than a quick edit you can just go and choose something like dramatic in this case and we can just click on old bunch of dramatic effects and get some some really fascinating one-click effects. That’s great, I mean I love a one click effect like everybody else however in this case, what we want to do is just reset everything, so let’s clear all this down and we’ll build this up, bit by bit. So the first thing I want to do is to apply a sort of photo filter just to make everything feel a little bit more sort of blue and cold and really emphasize that kind of cold. It was actually freezing in that gym, so we’re going to add a little bit of a sort of cold feel a little bit like that. Okay that works quite nicely. Now to bring up the texture a little bit of dramatic, I think let’s go for that. Just move that off the screen so you can see it. For dramatic I just need to add some drama and as I added in you can see that works lovely, to really bring up the texture in the smoke and we can take it even further with a bit of local contrast as well. So that’s quite nice. I like that I’m less keen on the effect on Rogers face where it’s just a little bit too strong, so I think what I’ll do is just bring that back a little bit and there’s a brush right next to each filter and I can choose the brush from the brush make sure it’s set to erase and we can just erase that back on Rogers face and maybe a little on his arms just to bring a little bit of the, well reality whatever that is, back into the shot. Okay I’ve got one more thing to do, so let’s add one more filter and we’ll make it an essential filter. We’ll make it a vignette filter right here and we’ll just vignette this down slightly, again I’ll just tidy my screen up. There we are so we can just darken down the edges a little bit with this sort of vignetting effect, like so. I don’t want to go too much particularly on this left-hand side. So again I’ll get the brush and this time I will choose the arrays option and it brings some of that left-hand side back through and again there’s a little bit of tidying up to be done but there you go. There is my final boxing picture completed. Well if you’ve enjoyed this series of “Plan it, Shoot it, Edit it”, don’t forget to leave me a comment below and if you want to see more videos from myself and the other amazing presenters right here on AdoramaTV, you know what you’ve got to do, you’ve got to click on that subscribe button, I’m Gavin Hoey thanks for watching.

22 thoughts on “Boxer Part 3: Editing – Plan it, Shoot it, Edit with Gavin Hoey”

  1. Great set Gavin, can I ask in the plan it stage, I presume that you told the owner of the club you were going to use smoke in you shoot? How did you cope with fire detection system I presume the club had smoke detectors?

  2. Terrific series again Gavin. Always great to see how you process your final images – and they were stunning ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  3. Thank you, Gavin. After my 20 years of being a graphic designer, I have finally stepped into the photography industry and your tutorials have been extremely helpful. Now I'm shooting and retouching my own photos instead of other peoples photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I usually do not leave comments on YouTube, but after watching hundreds of videos on lighting I have to say Gavin is The Master very few people can hold a candle to. His personality and attitude is amazing, so talented but not snobbish! Great teacher who explains things in a simpler and clear way. Iโ€™m learning a lot ang Gavin is very inspirational! Thank you for your videos!

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