Did you know that Design Aglow's amazing writer, Andrea Joki, is an incredible photographer as well? Andrea writes for the Design Aglow magazine and her articles are always so well thought out and written...we love having her as part of the DA team!
Andrea writes, "These were taken in an historic area of Southern Finland - full of 300+ year old mansions and estates. Capturing snow like this is rare - the temperature has to be just below freezing. If over -5c, the snow is fluffy and falls off and if above 0c, the snow melts. To keep the snow from clipping (I love the texture of snow), I meter for the snow and not the skin - on an overcast day like this, the snow tends to be near the same brightness value as skin tones. In post processing, I'll add color with a brush, color dodge mode, and about 12% or less opacity. Aquas and greens work best to bring out the color of the foliage. And as always, the clothing is specifically chosen to make the most of the environment but still help my subject to stand out - though I don't recommend a dark coat against white snow unless you don't mind removing chromatic aberration in post processing. :)"
As photographers, we’re always on the lookout for new tools that will make our workflow faster and easier (while making our images look their best), and when we found Mastin Labs’ film presets for Lightroom, specifically Fuji Pro, Ilford B&W and Kodak Portra, we knew we had hit gold!
We downloaded and installed all three, and watched the included Getting Started tutorials Edit Your First Image and Using Tone Profiles that hold your hand and walk you through the presets and how they work.
The presets are incredibly easy to use, and quick to apply. And, we love that they are designed to replicate the films that we have known and loved.