BJJ Fighters – Pose, Shoot, Photoshop

In this video, we take a couple of good friends of the studio – Chris and Ben – who are both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Fighters and create some images for their new YouTube channel. I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to show:

  • How I work with, pose and frame two subjects for an image that will fit a wide aspect ratio (for a video channel).
  • How to light dark-toned clothes so that they stand out on a dark background.
  • How I met the brief with three different images (one in-camera portrait, one composite portrait and one contrasting background portrait).
  • How I develop an image in Lightroom and carry out a full edit in Photoshop.
  • The last thing I do in Photoshop to add the finishing touch and bring a composite together.

The first half of the video walks through the posing and lighting (and some considerations when you know you’re going to be working on the image later in Photoshop) and then the second half walks through the compositing and finishing in Photoshop. For each portrait you’ll see my images straight-out-of-the-camera, with exposure settings and the final edit, too.

Enjoy – and don’t miss the outtakes at the very end! 🙂

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