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Ok, here are both images….I’ll explain now how I got from this in-camera shot to the finished image you see here!

before image dodger stadium after image dodger stadium finished
Before I explain these photography tips, if you don’t have Photoshop, or you’re not a photographer, this may sound gibberish to you, but I’ll explain it as best I can.

So, basically, all I did was walk up to the TOP of the LA Dodger stadium (uhh very scary). The field was covered in white tarp (because it was raining) so I couldn’t shoot towards the field, very ugly. I had to compose the shot with the stadium seats in view to capture the essence of the stadium. I was shooting the canon 5d mark2 with the 24-70mm canon L lens, very wide. I brought out my off camera flash, canon 580ex2, and underexposed the ambient sky, and exposed my flash for the subjects, in this case the engaged couple, Cary and Anissa.  I was actually going to turn this image into a spotlight effect, but it turned out better this way.

I went back home and uploaded the image I knew I liked, and fixed it up in RAW. I dodged and burned this image in Adobe Photoshop CS4. I have CS5, but some of my plug-ins do not work in CS5 yet, so CS5 plug-in people, word on behalf of us photographers, get your plug-in’s updated.

As you can see, the stadium in the BEFORE image was underexposed, and I dodged (brightened) the stadium seats and used the sponge tool (saturation) to bring out more colors in my seating. In one tweek, I had brightened them too much, and I didn’t like it. I burned (darkened) the seats back down a little.  I don’t like to overuse to sponge tool in my images because it looks too fake sometimes, but in this image, it was totally appropriate. I then dodged the sky in a layered light view so that it didn’t look like one glob of darkness, cloudy and all.  I sharpened the whole image only so much, and then smoothed out the couple.  I also pushed the contrast a little to make the darks darker and the lights lighter.  Lastly, I used a plug-in that brings in more definition to the image, and then adjust it down a little.  I added a slight vignette, and that was it!

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  • Steffani Abercrombie - I love how you end with “that was it”, line it was a snap 😉 You should teach a class on this stuff. I’d be the first in line!!!October 21, 2010 – 9:33 pmReplyCancel

  • Charleton - Thanks Steff, much appreciated comments!October 21, 2010 – 10:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Amy Martz - I agree with Steffani about the class, reserve the second place in line for me.

    This was a lot of work and a lot of time, as a photoshop CS5 owner who is just learning the ins and outs of the program I am amazed as well as inspired.

    Once again your work is brillant!October 22, 2010 – 6:59 amReplyCancel

  • Mindy - Thanks for sharing – I agree a class would be great, this would have taken me forever in CS5 as I’m just not that PS-savvy!October 22, 2010 – 10:32 amReplyCancel

I just returned from Los Angeles where I shot an engagement session, downtown Los Angeles by ESPN, and The Staples Center, the LA Dodger Stadium, the Malibu Hills, and finally Santa Monica Pier.  There are many images, but I just wanted to post a few pre-wedding images from the weekend, and I will post more later.  It rained hard much of the day, but we managed to find locations to photograph, and we ended up on the beach, right on the Santa Monica pier with a beautiful sunset, which I will reveal later. Here’s just a taste. I will be photographing Cary and Anissa’s wedding in 2011 down at a beach resort in southern California. I’m looking forward to it, as I love beach wedding photography.

LA Dodger Stadium engagement session

wedding couple LA Dodger stadium

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  • Shannon Beard - These are absolutely amazing!! I can not wait to see more!October 21, 2010 – 11:24 amReplyCancel

  • Megan - OMG these are stunning!!!!October 21, 2010 – 11:27 amReplyCancel

  • Laura Avendano - I want more!!! 🙂 These are beautiful!!October 21, 2010 – 11:27 amReplyCancel

  • Kayla - OMG these are gorgeous!!!!October 21, 2010 – 11:37 amReplyCancel

  • Amber - Amazing photos…………..WOW!!!October 21, 2010 – 11:44 amReplyCancel

  • Holly - WOW!!!!!! These are stunning, you guys look amazing!!! I cannot wait to see the rest!!!October 21, 2010 – 11:53 amReplyCancel

  • Whitney - OMG Anissa i cant wait to the the others! You are STUNNINGLY Gorgeous!!Love them!October 21, 2010 – 11:56 amReplyCancel

  • Theresa - OMG! Amazing shots! Anissa & Cary, you two look like a model couple, WOW! I can’t wait to see more!October 21, 2010 – 12:04 pmReplyCancel

  • donna guzzetti - one word BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!October 21, 2010 – 12:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Christina - Can’t wait to see the Pier picsOctober 21, 2010 – 12:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Cary and Anissa - We are more than grateful for a wonderful, talented and hard working photographer. Thank you Charleton for thrilling us with your amazing work!

    Cary and AnissaOctober 21, 2010 – 12:25 pmReplyCancel

  • Michelle A. - OMG Amazing, Gorgeous and Beautiful!!!October 21, 2010 – 1:31 pmReplyCancel

  • Kim - Absolutely stunning.October 21, 2010 – 1:31 pmReplyCancel

  • Jo - I just love them! You and Cary are a stunning couple 🙂October 21, 2010 – 2:08 pmReplyCancel

  • Crissy - Omg! Anissa, you look gorgeous as always!!! Love love them and can’t wait to see more!October 21, 2010 – 2:56 pmReplyCancel

  • maria andrade - Wow gorgeous couple, I love it , what an amazing photographerOctober 21, 2010 – 5:17 pmReplyCancel

  • liseanne wick - loveitloveitloveitloveitloveit….!!!October 21, 2010 – 8:10 pmReplyCancel

  • Sally B - Beautiful of course!!October 21, 2010 – 8:32 pmReplyCancel

  • Charleton - Thanks, love the fanatic-like verb-age expressed in these comments.October 22, 2010 – 12:15 amReplyCancel

  • Brianna - Anissa & Cary- you two look AMAZING!
    These are perfect! Great work!October 22, 2010 – 7:07 amReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - Incredible. These look like they are straight out of a magazine. WOW.October 22, 2010 – 9:17 amReplyCancel

  • Maria - DAMN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Those pictures are hot. You guys look like movie stars. I so happy I’m related to you. LOLOctober 23, 2010 – 9:34 amReplyCancel

  • Denise - OMG absolutely beautiful momma!! Love them..October 25, 2010 – 9:38 amReplyCancel

  • Denise - Absolutely beauiful momma!!October 25, 2010 – 9:38 amReplyCancel

  • Adrea - OMG! When is the movie being released? Absolutely fabulous photos and sooooo romantic!October 28, 2010 – 9:01 pmReplyCancel

  • akua - WOW….OMG….I feel a bit like I saw too much…..ya’all are sizzlin! 🙂 these are amazing pictures….I thought I was looking at a magazine.November 12, 2010 – 6:41 pmReplyCancel