Last night I held a little zombie party. And that prompts me to tell you about the importance of two things in photography.
One is the make-up artist (the “MUA”), who is present at many shoots. Without one, you are limited. You cannot, for instance, change anyone into a zombie, like this:
Here’s Melissa, last night’s MUA, working hard on making me ugly (not all that difficult, according to some):
But even for simple shoot, a make-up artist can be essential. Why does professional photography involve so much time (each make-up job took over an hour, in two parts: make-up, then blood and wounds) and money? Because doing a professional job takes real effort, knowledge, and time. Accept the extra expense and do it, next time you have a shoot that needs a professional look – whether that look is beauty or zombie. Same thing, for a good Make-Up Artist.
The second thing is post-processing. While I do what I can in the camera, some things cannot be done there. Like the “Walking Dead” look in these pictures. Here’s Melissa, the Make-Up Artist:
So to get this look I quickly created a Lightroom preset, which I call “zombify”. That makes image 1 below into image 2 below:
Lightroom “Zombify” Develop Preset, by Michael Willems:
- Temperature 6150K (with my studio flashes)
- Tint -44 (my version of “Walking Dead Green”)
- Exposure +0.5
- Contrast +12
- Highlights +7
- Shadows +11
- Clarity +65
- Vibrance -42
- Sharpening 80
- Noise Reduction 20
- Post-crop vignetting -27 Highlight Priority
Do those settings (tune to taste), then save as a new preset and you are all set for Halloween. You’re welcome.
The Angel of Death is watching.
Enjoy your Halloween, later this week.
Come to me for a little Lightroom coaching, and I’ll set up your Lightroom structure professionally while we are at it, too. www.michaelwillems.ca