Dan DeVries  

Technician by Dan DeVries

November 2020 - Technician

November 2020 - Dan DeVries


About the Image(s)

ISO 160 1/160th f9 105mm - Einstein/Paul C Buff studio strobes

This is from a photoshoot for a Seattle area tech company.

We wanted to capture a technician working on the equipment. Had a white paper backdrop to remove the factory clutter.

I think the shading on the face could use some updates. Any other suggestions?

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8 comments posted

Miriam Power   Miriam Power
Great environmental portrait.
I took it into Luminar 4 and using the portrait adjustments took some of the shine off his face, enhanced the eyes by about 5% then back into Photoshop to crop it a bit tighter and adjust the levels a fraction   Posted: 11/08/2020 11:42:54
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Arabella Dane   Arabella Dane
Love it! Especially after Miriam's handiwork. Might you wish to remove some of the blurred foreground?   Posted: 11/09/2020 14:53:43

Dan DeVries   Dan DeVries
Thanks - Good catch on the shiny skin - especially the forehead.
The blurry part in front is part of the electronic instrument. I'm worried that if I take too much off - it might lose some of the context.   Posted: 11/09/2020 21:05:56

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
I think this is a great portrait of a technician at work. I wouldn't remove any more of the foreground than you already had as it sets context and actually does a good job of framing the face and working kinda like a vignette.

The shine on the face is a definite issue, so I took this into Affinity Photo, applied its Frequency Separation filter to alter the colors in the shiny areas to blend in better, as well as adding a little dodging and burning to sculpt things a bit. Finally, I added a Clarity filter to his hand so it was a little sharper, since this is about the work he's doing. Thoughts?   Posted: 11/19/2020 15:47:42
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MD Tanveer Hassan Rohan   MD Tanveer Hassan Rohan
I love this one :)
This is such a great capture . Nicely framed .   Posted: 11/19/2020 16:35:07
Dan DeVries   Dan DeVries
Thanks Tom - Frequency separation is a very good tool. Good tip on sharpening the hand.   Posted: 11/28/2020 21:53:04

Brenda Frezeman   Brenda Frezeman
A very good portrait--I like the framing and composition. Tom's and Miriam's tweaks solved the technical issues.   Posted: 11/19/2020 16:45:04

Rusty Pinckney   Rusty Pinckney
I echo Brenda's comments. Very nice work.

Tom addressed the shiny forehead.   Posted: 11/20/2020 02:25:32