Sascha Basmer is a passionate photographer who loves to explore the world around him through the viewfinder of his camera. “Photography has many facets and gives me as a photographer plenty of opportunities to be creative. Combined with subsequent image processing, there are virtually no limits when it comes to creating unforgettable pictures.”
Nowadays, the transition from photography to image processing is almost seamless. From the simple removal of small skin impurities to a complex beauty retouch using digital make-up – images are more and more created digitally.
In addition, complex backgrounds are practically no longer needed as increasingly powerful image processing software allows us to swap them for the desired scene with just a few mouse clicks.
Many shots are created in the studio under perfect conditions, allowing the photographer to decide on the amount of light to hit the model or object, and to choose its direction.
However, sophisticated lighting arrangements, which require the use of the right lightshaper at the right distance from the model, are not that easy to simulate when post-processing images on the PC.
Whether to use a beauty dish or a striplight, or one or more flashlights, will always depend on the effect the image is supposed to have. How to light the model? Should it be hit by the light of a small reflector or should it be lit virtually without shadows using a large octabox?
These are the questions one should ask for each individual picture before choosing a lighting and image processing technique.