Earlier this year Fstoppers teamed up with Miami-based swimwear photographer Joey Wright to produce a full blown tutorial on all things related to swimwear photography. All in all, Joey's tutorial Swimwear Photography - Lighting, Posing, and Retouching is 8 hours of on-location photography and 12 hours of Joey's full postproduction workflow. Today we are releasing a short 50 minute excerpt from the tutorial as well as the included raw file so you can follow along at home.
In this tutorial Joey teaches all of his secrets and shooting tips that have made him one of the most sought out swimwear photographers in Miami. As one of the producers one on this project, it was interesting for me to watch Joey manipulate both artificial light and natural light to create his polished final images. Most of Joey's work is actually done strictly with natural light. By using reflectors and scrims (like the Sunbounce Sun-Swatter), Joey is able to create the bright, airy, and natural feeling images that many swimwear designers and models are seeking out. However, as you can see in this free lesson above, Joey also uses a fair amount of studio lighting out on location too. By mixing ambient light with strobe light, the resulting images have a little more pop which works well for his commercial clients.
As with all commercial and advertising photography, seamless retouching is also an important part of Joey's workflow. Watching Joey work in our postproduction studio was a real treat, and he is truly a master at polishing an image without completely turning a real moment into an entirely fake piece of digital art. So while many of his techniques are meticulous and extremely refined, his colors, skin tones, and overall contouring still appear very natural and lifelike.
Below you can see the before and after images from this free lesson to see how a subtle retouch can make a huge difference in the overall final image.
Here are a few of the topics covered in this tutorial:
- 8 Hours of On-Location Shooting and Teaching
- 12 Hours of Postproduction
- 30 High Res Raw Files
- Joey's Custom Photoshop Presets, Brushes, Actions, and Workspace
- Complete Overview of Joey's Camera Gear and Accessories
- 7 Full Behind-the-Scenes Episodes
- 43 Video Lessons (1080p, 23.9fps, H.264 mpg4, over 33 GB of material)
- Access to Joey's Private Facebook Page for Further Learning
- Unlimited Download Renewals
- Optional USB Delivery for Customers with Limited Internet Access (2-4 weeks delivery)
For more information about this full-length tutorial, head over to the Fstoppers.com/store and be sure to check out our 7-part behind-the-scenes video series that captures everything that went into making this tutorial below.