Long Exposure Portraits With Jake Hicks

Long Exposure Portraits With Jake Hicks

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Every day new and exciting images are competing for our attention. Famed UK photographer, Jake Hicks returns to PRO EDU teaching a fundamentally simple yet powerful technique to create long exposure portraits impossible to ignore.

Combining ambient light with studio strobes, Jake introduces four unique methods of creating portraits while capturing unbelievable practical effects in-camera.

This tutorial was designed to teach you not just the technical aspects of long exposure photography but how to be truly creative in the studio and experiment in ways that will set your work apart from the rest.

Long Exposure Portraits With Jake Hicks
  • Lighting Setup

    Episode 1

    With a third model, new wardrobe, and new lighting setup, create an entirely new variant of the long exposure technique with the lighting emphasis moving back to the subject. Walk through best practices, with lighting, with the goal of a achieving a vibrant, light trails effect.

  • Edge Lights

    Episode 2

    Work through test captures to refine the edge lighting setup and experiment with different shutter speeds to achieve ideal results. Continue to walk through the lighting rationale, building towards perfect results.

  • Key & Fill Lights

    Episode 3

    With the edge lights locked in, iterate through multiple captures to refine the key and fill lighting. Reinforce the importance of keeping the ambient and flash lighting separate to achieve the long exposure effect while maintaining tack sharp focus on the subject. Adapt with Jake, as he makes a ...

  • Camera Movements

    Episode 4

    After a quick wardrobe change, work through multiple captures to create the light trails effect. Analyze how camera movement works with the specularity of the wardrobe, to create fiery trails of light. Study how camera movement and shutter speed directly relate to the light trail effect and how t...

  • Posing

    Episode 5

    With proper wardrobe selected, lighting and camera settings honed, and camera movement on the subject refined, focus on the proper posing to shape light trails around your subject. Compare Rear vs Front Curtain Sync Flash methods with best practices for this studio shoot.

  • Wardrobe Change

    Episode 6

    With a final wardrobe change and new color gels, put all of the techniques together to create a final set of unique, long exposure images. Employ camera, subject, and fan movement to shape dimensional light trails around your subject. Test and vary your movements and implement of your gained know...

  • Lightroom

    Episode 7

    Select a third image to retouch in Photoshop, leveraging the tools of Lightroom to create a balanced and properly formatted image for optimum editing

  • Cleanup

    Episode 8

    Begin retouching the third image, with a first pass focusing on eliminating spots, bumps, discoloration, and reducing unwanted highlights with the subject. Apply some basic cleanup to the background.

  • Dodge & Burn-Targeted

    Episode 9

    Apply a second pass of skin retouching, using dodge and burn to isolate targeted problem areas

  • Frequency Separation

    Episode 10

    Efficiently apply the same procedural method of skin smoothing to the third image for an even, smooth tone.

  • Masking

    Episode 11

    Use the same tool sets to create multiple distinct masks for more separation and control over the background and light trails.

  • Dodge & Burn-Global

    Episode 12

    As in previous lessons, utilize the variety of masks to isolate subject from background, and efficiently dodge and burn with intention. Create a global sense of dimension with highlights and shadows as you move towards the final stages of retouching this long exposure image.

  • Sharpening

    Episode 13

    Apply the same methodology of sharpening to the third long exposure image, with the same mindfulness of not affecting the entire image’s color balance.

  • Color Toning

    Episode 14

    Complete the image with a final pass of color toning, utilizing separate channels to isolate specific colors in the highlights, midtones, and shadows. Tweak the highlights of the light trails, leveraging the masking work, for the final finishing polish.