Portrait of Gospel Singer Rachelle Youngberg

Portrait of Gospel Singer Rachelle Youngberg

Portrait of Gospel Singer Rachelle Youngberg

Shot with a 70-200 telelens less than 6 feet from Gospel singer Rachelle Youngberg.

Post-processing steps in Lightroom: first, processed the color shot to fine tune the Rembrandt portrait lighting and chiaroscuro effect: darkened the shadows, removed some of the purple/magenta, toned down the red somewhat and accentuated the yellows. Then used Color Efx Pro 4 to diffuse the light, notably on the hair. Back in Lightroom, darkened the background on Rachelle’s right side, and finally applied a B&W preset (‘Leaves’ by Presetual – Silvertone BW).

The B&W comes out better on a warmer monitor. ‘Leaves’ gives a milky aspect to the blacks, which really adds to the light. A colder monitor increases contrast.

Shot with an EOS 5D MkII and a Canon 70-200 mm telelens.