Long Exposure Portrait Photography – Maternity Photoshoot with Dreamy Waterfalls

Long Exposure Portrait Photography – Maternity Photoshoot with Dreamy Waterfalls


in this video you’ll learn how to get
this dreamy waterfall maternity photo so stay tuned hey everyone its Reece here
from my big camera today we’ll be showing you how to get a beautiful
portrait using these dreamy waterfalls in the background if you’re new to our
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we achieve this achieve this by doing two exposures one long exposure and one
short exposure the long one is to make the waterfalls dreamy the second photo
is done with a short exposure so that we get the model in and then we combine
them in Photoshop make sure you stay tuned all the way to the end this will
be taking you right into Photoshop to show you how to combine them now you
might be asking why can’t we just put the model in there on the long exposure
now you could but if the model moves the tiniest bit she’ll become blurry
combined in long exposures and short exposures is done quite often because
the slightest breeze can make a leaf blow and then make it blurry in the
photo the only thing that we want blurry is the water we wanted as creamy as
possible so to fix that photographers take two photos a long exposure and a
short exposure in Photoshop you can put these two together and delete out the
blurry parts that you don’t want blurry so what we’re going to do is first test
both exposures to make sure we know our settings before taking the actual shots
then we’ll pose the model in the spot we would like her to be in somewhere where
she won’t be in front of the waterfall at all since that would make it a bit
challenging to combine the images I will then manually focus on her so that when
she moves out of the shot my focus stays on the same spot for reference I’m using
the Canon 50 millimeter 1.2 L lens but you can use any lens that you prefer in
order to take a long exposure I’m using a variable ND filter
the ND filter allows us to take wider apertures at lower shutter speeds for
the amount of light that’s coming in after testing my settings I’ve
determined that my ISO will be at 125 and that my aperture will be 2.8 we’ve
set the shutter to 4 seconds to be able to have the shutter open for that long
I’m using a tripod the tripod is going to make sure that the photo or the
camera stays in a relatively stable position first I’m going to take the
short exposure photo with my model after which I’m going to tell her to get out
and then take the long exposure ok so what you want to do here is manually
focus on the model so when she moves out of the shot for the long exposure photo
your focal point will be the same use the same aperture of 2.8 and then adjust
your shutter speed and ISO to properly expose the photo you can see in the
photo how sharp the water looks and how distracting it is in the photo once
you’ve taken your photo ask the model to move out of the shot now you would just
set your settings to what we established earlier on turn the ND filter ring to
the setting that worked during your test photo hit the shutter button to set off
the timer to take the photo check to make sure the image is properly exposed
and there you have the desired amount of blur in the water if it’s too dark
adjust your ND filter ring and try again ok now let’s bring these in to photoshop
ok so here we are in my computer in Photoshop and have the two images open
the long exposure shot of the waterfalls and the short exposure with the model
you should first edit the images in Lightroom or Adobe raw to match your
editing style try to get the images to look as similar to each other as
possible you’re not gonna be able to get them looking exactly the same but just
try to match the exposure and colors as best as you can you then select your
long exposure waterfall image by going up to select and then all then go to the
Edit menu and go to copy then select your image of the model and go to edit
and then paste you can see the two layers here now select both layers by clicking on
both of them while holding down the control key on your keyboard you can see
that both layers are selected here in the layers panel now go over to edit
menu and click on Auto align layers make sure Auto is selected and then click OK
what this will do is match the layers on top of each other so they’re perfectly
aligned with one another and then you can easily mask out parts of the top
image this feature works great for head swaps too now we’re going to select the
top layer with the model and create a mask by clicking on the mask tool here
make sure our top color is set to black and select the paintbrush tool make sure
the opacity is set to 100% and with a large soft brush just mask your model
back into the photo here’s a quick before-and-after pretty
cool eh now zoom in and go in with a smaller
brush to polish up your mask around the edges you I’m just basically switching back and
forth between the black and white brushes to make sure that only the model
is masked out of the top layer it doesn’t need to be perfect but pay
particular close attention to all of the water areas so you retain that florid
water effect I’m sure there’s a much better way of selecting the model using
the quick selection tool but I prefer to do it this way
especially since aside from the water there shouldn’t be too much of a
difference between the photos since we shot them both at F 2.8 so your mask
really doesn’t need to be perfect I will zoom out and here is the before-and-after now
that we have our mask complete we can flatten the layers and crop it to get
rid of the edges where the two layers overlapped okay so this part is totally
optional but I’m going to clean up the water a bit to get rid of some of these
sticks and debris just to make the water look a little nicer and cleaner I’m
using the lasso tool to select what I want removed and then hitting delete on
my keyboard set at content-aware to delete the object it does a pretty good
job but I’m going to just go in with the clone tool to clean it up a bit now I’m
using the Spot Healing Brush to get rid of a few more smaller areas you can
really just skip doing all of this if you want now you could just finish
editing the photo of the way you normally would I’m going to reduce the greens then I’m going to use levels to darken
the shadows of the image slightly and then I’m going to darken the waterfalls
a bit by using a Dodge and burn action you can also just use the burn tool I’m
just doing it at 10% opacity that’s pretty much it I would probably
tweak the image a little bit more but I just wanted to mostly show you how to
combine the images because everyone has their own style when it comes to editing
that’s it guys I hope you enjoyed this video and I hope you found it helpful
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video comes up thank you to our model for for braving the elements in that
nice cold water and I hope you have a great day and make sure you keep
creating you

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