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How Edit Like Brandon Woelfel in Photoshop CC | Bradon’s Editing Secrets

Hey what’s up everybody? Today I have a very exciting tutorial for you. I finally got the secret sauce of Brandon Woelfel’s editing  in Photoshop CC
Let me apply the things that I discovered to this boring non well lighted image.
Beautiful right?
It all can be done in a few minutes .It’s not that hard as you think, you’ll just need a basic knowledge of how Photoshop cc and Lightroom work and that’s it. I can’t wait to get started but before we start let me tell you a little bit about Brandon woelfel.

He’s a freelance photographer based in Long Island New York.
He likes to be creative with his style using all kind of different things .
His photography like prison, fairy lights, glasses, smoke bombs etc
and his editing style is what’s separating him from other photographers and he favors aquas and a pink color.
If you know him and like is worth. Can I bet that you’re trying to accomplish the same result as him but no matter how hard you try you just can’t get a ride there’s something missing.
Well then don’t worry, I’m here to help you .I’ve been there myself after a lot of failed attempts. I’m finally starting to figure it out. It’s not perfect but I think it’s getting close.
Read this article, till the very end I’m gonna explain every step in detail and after reading this article you’re gonna get a full understanding of Brandon woelfel’s editing secrets, So let’s get started ………..
First you’ll need a DSLR camera .I used canon 5d mark ii . A lens that is wide aperture ,like canon 50mm it at 1.2 or 1.4 .Fairy lights, color glasses, DVD and your phone’s flash to make a rainbow effect .Shoot in low light with wide open aperture .

Softer the light better the image . Keep the fairy lights close to the subject ,so it can lit the subject real smooth and nice .Once you finished shooting bring the photos to Lightroom.
Choose the one you like and start editing. First start with adjusting the white balance. I made the temperature a little cooler and attend to more magenta then set the exposure to 1.0 of seven and a contrast to 14 .For the basic adjustments , I give them a slightly change for the clarity. Lift it up by 12 to give that a sharp look and bring down both the vibrance and saturation.
Then move to the tone curve and add two points to the curve and lift the black point, just a little bit. It’s given the fade look to the photo.
Now give the shadow a little bit yellowish color. In order to do so, move the displayed toning section and change the values.
Once you’re finished, scroll all the way down to the camera calibration section and lift the 10 to 5 and bring down the green hue to minus 12 and a blue hue to minus 26.
Now that we’re finished editing in Lightroom. Export that in JPEG.

Editing In Photoshop…

Okay.. That was super easy but it was just the beginning all we did was to get the correct skin color .Now open the exported image in Photoshop. Play the simple frequency separation action .

We’re gonna do retouch on the skin.

First clean the skin with a Spot Healing Brush tool ,while selecting the high-frequency layer.That’s important. Touch the blemishes and unnecessary small details of the skin


and once you’re done that, go to the low-frequency layer, select the mixer brush tool . Make the brush settings into something that is lower than 50% or you can set it like mine.

Now start painting on the things you want to soften. Change the brush size ,depending on what you’re painting. This will give the skin a real smooth a detailed look.

Now that we’re finished.

Create a new layer.

Set the blending mode to soft light .To go to the box that appears on the bottom. Name this layer dodge. Pick the Dodge tool   set the exposure to 9 and start painting on the highlights. Don’t over do it it will look weird. Just a nice little touch with dude.

Now paint on the fairy lights to give the area and more light .Maybe you can draw some hair but that’s up to you. If the effect looks too much , set the Dodge layer blending mode to normal

and pick a brush tool with 50% gray selected .Paint on the things you want to get rid of . Once you’re done . Set the blending mode back to soft light .

Now it’s time to do some burn . Pick a burn tool   and paint on the area’s you want to darken and again keep it very subtle. Don’t overdo it. I’m keeping my exposure to 10%. You can also bring down the layers opacity to soften. The effect once you’ve done painting , create a new layer and filled with 50% gray and set the blending mode to overlay. 

Again pick the Dodge tool then I’m gonna draw a rim light effect on some of the areas .Start painting on the nose and the area above the mouth and below it maybe some on the glass and the cheek and again .Draw some light effects on the fair light to really stand those up . We’re about to finish this nice photo.There are just few steps left . Create a new layer press ctrl + alt+ shift+ E and go to filter >Camera Raw filter


Here we’re gonna make the color similar to Brandon’s the pink and the Aqua . Again start with adjusting, the white balance to add a blue and a pink color to overall of the image then start playing around with the other settings to your taste.

It doesn’t have to be like mine but the important thing happens in the camera calibration settings and set the blue hue to all the way down to minus 40 and bring up the saturation to 34 and for the red hue bring it up to 45 and the saturation to 13 and I changed the white balance again to see what works best.

Remember that you don’t have to keep the values similar as mine. It’s up to your taste so change it to your liking .

Once you’re finished color grading process click OK. Now we’re gonna mask out  the skin to keep the original skin color .This step is so important . I think brands and dust is very often start painting on the skin with a big soft brush and we’re done. 

Here’s the before-and-after .

So that we’re done.


Thank you so much for reading this article. I hope you get something out of this tutorial.
Tell me about what do you like about Brandon’s photos and what kind of photography tutorial you want .

Make live that all in a comment .I’ll read all the comments . I really want to connect with you guys . Thank you very much

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