Post-production was everything for this image. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do but, I love to let my edits guide my direction as I go with no expectations in mind. I first started the image out in Lightroom where I adjusted the tones and exposure. I liked the moody direction it was going by keeping it darker especially since we shot this image towards it getting dark. I had also used the Dodge brush (lightening) on the couple’s bodies to make them be even lighter in the image allowing them to stand out in the image.
Once I liked how the image looked, I used “command E” (keyboard shortcut to open the image in photoshop) to make further edits in Photoshop. In my opinion, it’s where all of the magic begins. I can really get creative without any limitations in that software. I used the healing tool to remove any unwanted lines on the ground or distractions. I also brought in a ring of fire overlay I had purchase from Lens Distortions.
At first, it was a full circle ring and I began placing it to line up with the two lights. I didn’t like that it was a full circle so I used my eraser tool to only have a half circle and I stretched it to fit from one light to the next. I then adjusted the color and contrast of the ring of fire overlay to match the rest of the image. I had also earlier that week just learned how to do pixel sorting in Photoshop. I can’t remember the specific location I had purchase the plugin for the effect but if you google Pixel Sorting plugin there are a few different plugins you can purchase and use.
I then used a brush tool to paint where I wanted the effect to happen on the image. I had this image of it almost being like lava streaming from the ring of fire overlay and that’s why I had chosen that location to paint it on. I then pressed Command S to save the edits back into Lightroom. I still felt like the image was missing something so I pulled the image into Alien Skin Exposure X3. That’s where I added the bokeh effect to the lights to give them a glow and blur. Overall, this is one of the longest edits I have done for a client but, I was obsessed with the end results and when my clients got it, they yelled “THIS WAS SO WORTH LEAVING OUR GUESTS FOR”.