Gimme 1/2 George Bush 1/2 Dick Cheney

About this tutorial

When Billy asked me “what look do you want next?” I said, “Give me ½ George Bush, ½ Dick Cheney.” This is what he gave me… If you understand light theory and look carefully at this image, you would realize that the lighting is actually impossible. It’s a very subtle effect, but the light quality is changed part way through the shoot.

Topics covered in this tutorial:
  • Using varying light quality in one lighting set-up.
  • Understanding light quality and cast shadows.
  • Using soft boxes to create controlled blends of specular highlights and diffused highlights on skin.
  • Opening up the eyes by manipulating the catch light.
  • Creating and controlling the quality of accent lighting.
  • Using natural light fall-off to control background bursts and gradations.
  • Using comparative ratios to determine background gradations.
  • Retouching skin in Photoshop.
  • Swapping elements (including lighting) from one image to another in Photoshop.
  • Using Liquify in Photoshop to reshape image elements.
  • Converting the image to B&W.
  • Accentuating texture in Photoshop.
All images, video and written content of this tutorial © Greg Blue Photography. Images, video and written content may not be used, copied or republished in any way without the express written permission of Greg Blue Photography.


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