Before & After

This "Before & After" is of North Carolina rapper Defacto Thezbian

I wanted to stick with Defacto's hip, urban style so we found some old train tracks on a nice overcast day to help get that feel.  It was important that it was overcast because I didn't want any harsh light from the sun (and I don't shoot with a flash, diffuser, or any other crap that might weigh me down). This was shot with Canon 5D Mark lll + Sigma Art 35mm lens. 

When in Lightroom I got my white balance correct (click here if you don't know how to white balance your photos) and cranked up my exposure +1.80.  Next, I added VSCO Film's Portra 160+1 preset and made some minor tweaks to my tonal curves and went to work with the "heal tool".  

You'll notice that I took out a ton of distractions from this image.  The background and his face had elements that took away from where I wanted my audience to look: left eye > lips > side burn.  I used to have issues with removing "hair follicles" and other natural facial elements but I quickly got over this once I realized that removing those things actually helped my audience view and enjoy the photograph more.  

After I finished up in Lightroom, I went over to Alien Skin Exposure to add another partial version of Portra 160 and some grain in the highlights. 


Mark Maya

Mark Maya Photography, Durham, NC, 27707, United States

Mark Maya is a photographer and educator from Durham, NC.

Mark Maya is a wedding photographer and educator from Durham, NC.