Sammy Roenfeldt Photography
BEFORE AND AFTER: Here’s a shot I took of my home girl Jess Bowen of The Summer Set in Atlanta during The Vans Warped Tour. Was shot on my 5D Mark III at f/2.8, 1/250s, ISO 2500 and was shot on the 24-70mm @ 24mm. The cool thing about Warped is you have lots and lots of light to work with… The downside is most of the sets I shot were in Amphitheaters which meant pretty boring lighting conditions. Which was fine as you just challenge yourself to find ways to make it work. This particular shot was taken right after The Summer Set’s set as Jess was about to walk off stage… Gave me a cheeky “Wazzuuuup” pose then walked backstage to cool down. I had my aperture set at f/2.8 as I wanted to have that shallow depth of field. I love these types of shots and capturing an artists personality. It’s always fun as you never know what the hell is going to happen haha. I’m always looking for those moments. Now, there is always the age old debate of Black and White vs Colour when it comes to photos. I love colour and vibrance in my photos… but sometimes a photo just looks so much more bad ass in black and white, this was one of those times. I often covert a lot of my candid/live portrait type shots into black and white as I feel it just shows so much more emotion than if it was in colour. But again it really depends on the photos and comes down to personal preference and how you want the final image to look. As you can see from the original… Jess is just a bit lost in the background and the photo just felt a bit.. meh… and felt like it was missing something. There were quite a few shadows and her hair was sort of getting lost in the background. So i decided to convert it to black and white. Really simple editing process, again in RAW editor. Only took about 3minutes. Brought the saturation right down to turn black and white. Brought a bunch more ‘fill light’ and ‘brightness’ to lighten up the face and highlights in her hair. Cranked up the ‘clarity’, ‘blacks’ and ‘contrast’ which just made the image ‘pop’ so much more. Also adjusted the ‘curves’ to darken shadows and lighten the darks a fraction. Adjusted the ‘luminance’ of the noise quite a bit to soften the skin. Then opened up in Photoshop and used the ‘sharpen tool’ on the hair, eyes and mouth just to make it feel like Jess was really leaning out and in Yo faces! haha

BEFORE AND AFTER:

Here’s a shot I took of my home girl Jess Bowen of The Summer Set in Atlanta during The Vans Warped Tour. Was shot on my 5D Mark III at f/2.8, 1/250s, ISO 2500 and was shot on the 24-70mm @ 24mm.

The cool thing about Warped is you have lots and lots of light to work with… The downside is most of the sets I shot were in Amphitheaters which meant pretty boring lighting conditions. Which was fine as you just challenge yourself to find ways to make it work.

This particular shot was taken right after The Summer Set’s set as Jess was about to walk off stage… Gave me a cheeky “Wazzuuuup” pose then walked backstage to cool down. I had my aperture set at f/2.8 as I wanted to have that shallow depth of field.

I love these types of shots and capturing an artists personality. It’s always fun as you never know what the hell is going to happen haha. I’m always looking for those moments.

Now, there is always the age old debate of Black and White vs Colour when it comes to photos. I love colour and vibrance in my photos… but sometimes a photo just looks so much more bad ass in black and white, this was one of those times. I often covert a lot of my candid/live portrait type shots into black and white as I feel it just shows so much more emotion than if it was in colour. But again it really depends on the photos and comes down to personal preference and how you want the final image to look.

As you can see from the original… Jess is just a bit lost in the background and the photo just felt a bit.. meh… and felt like it was missing something. There were quite a few shadows and her hair was sort of getting lost in the background. So i decided to convert it to black and white.

Really simple editing process, again in RAW editor. Only took about 3minutes. Brought the saturation right down to turn black and white. Brought a bunch more ‘fill light’ and ‘brightness’ to lighten up the face and highlights in her hair. Cranked up the ‘clarity’, ‘blacks’ and ‘contrast’ which just made the image ‘pop’ so much more. Also adjusted the ‘curves’ to darken shadows and lighten the darks a fraction. Adjusted the ‘luminance’ of the noise quite a bit to soften the skin. Then opened up in Photoshop and used the ‘sharpen tool’ on the hair, eyes and mouth just to make it feel like Jess was really leaning out and in Yo faces! haha

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I shoot musicians but I’m not a murderer. Music Photographer. Snapback wearer. Cheese eater. On tour or eating cheese, often both..

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