When I’m setting up to shoot groups of people, I often will grab an unsuspecting subject and fire off a few quick shots. This confirms that my metering is correct and my light and camera setup is ready to go.
This was my high key setup for the Angelina Ballerina photos, which I shot on Sunday.
Julianna came along for the day as her sister was in the production. She was nice enough to volunteer to help me for the brief but exciting periods when I was photographing the young guests, and to stand in as my test subject.
I took the image and did a quick conversion using the Channel Mixer, emphasizing the reds (skin tone) and bringing down the blues. This is a far better method to convert to black and white than simply letting the program desaturate the image to grey scale, as you can control the amount of red, blue and green signal that gets into the final black and white image.
Then I did a bit of contrast enhancement with Levels and the image was ready to go!
Nice shot Jules! And thanks for your help!