November 30, 2012



Model: Kedori - Model Mayhem #2547098


I tend to go for fairly saturated colour. But I am open to experimenting with different techniques and colour palettes. I’ve recently discovered a technique called Bleach Bypass. This is what I did to achieve the desaturated skin tone in the Red Hoodie shot above. I’ve been experimenting with this technique, so called because it copies a process originally used in motion picture film processing laboratories and used in films such as “Saving Private Ryan” and “Se7en”.

It’s pretty easy to achieve the same effect in Photoshop: create a duplicate layer and change the Blending Mode to Overlay, add a Saturation Adjustment Layer and reduce the saturation by about 50%, then finally add a Levels Adjustment Layer and tweak the levels by moving the left black arrow in slightly and the middle grey arrow to the left slightly. I kept the hoodie saturated by masking it in all the adjustment layers so the Bleach Bypass didn’t affect it. 

Here are a few more examples I’ve been experimenting with.



1 comment:

Graeme said...

Hi John. Wow, those photos of the model are absolutely sensational!!! Love the juggling and the close ups and the cheekiness of the shots. And what a physique he's got, beautifully captured. Man, I've got to get to the gym!