How To: Edit Like Brandon Woelfel

If you look at Brandon Woelfel’s feed on Instagram you will notice a common theme in his images, a cotton candy color palette. Woelfel often uses Photoshop to achieve these unique colors in each of his images but I found a way to achieve something very similar in Lightroom. Here are the steps to achieve a similar look to Woelfel, I, however, do not encourage copying his style in all of your shoots. I think it is important to emulate a photographer from time to time to learn how to shoot with styles different than your own and improve your photography game. Personally emulating Woelfel’s style showed me some tricks for photographing portraits at night that I might use in my own images.

First, you must photograph a model holding fairy lights at some time after golden hour. Woelfel often photographs at blue hour or at night time with artificial light to illuminate his image. I photographed at sunset into the night time and I didn’t have any trouble achieving the look. I would also recommend purchasing some serial killer/ oversized glasses to reflect more of the fairy lights. Mango Street made a Brandon Woelfel starter pack that is relatively inexpensive and a good starting point to begin photographing like him.

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Steps

  • After photographing the image you will begin your editing process.
  • I started by adjusting the temperature of the image to make it a lot cooler and making the tint a bit more magenta to achieve that aqua and pink look in Woelfel’s images.
  • Next, I turned up the exposure a little to bring back some light on his face and brought down the contrast to create more of a faded look in the image.
  • After that, I raised the shadows, dropped the blacks and dropped the whites almost all the way to add a little bit of contrast back in the image and even out the light distribution on his face.
  • Next, I played with the tone curve a little bit to create the crushed black look and created a slight S curve from that point.
  • I then played with the hues of the colors by making the yellows more orange, blues more aqua, aquas more blue, purples more magenta and magentas more purple which might sound a bit counterintuitive but it creates the colors that I wanted.
  • After I adjusted the saturation by dropping the saturation of the oranges and yellows and bringing up the saturation of the blue and magenta to emphasize the colors further. I also brought the luminance of all of the colors up slightly.
  • I added a pastel pink color into the highlights and a pastel blue color to the shadows to really create that cotton candy look to the image.
  • Lastly, I raised the vibrance up and brought down the saturation while also bringing down the clarity slightly.
  • I’m not saying these editing techniques will work for every image but they worked fairly well for me to create a similar looking image to something I thought Woelfel might create. For a more in-depth tutorial, I would recommend watching Mango Street’s video on this very technique.

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Doing the Brandon Woelfel

In the past couple of years a photography icon as surfaced by the name of Brandon Woelfel. I’ve talked about Woelfel in my 5 Best Youtuber Photographers post before so many of you will already know who I’m talking about. Woelfel has become famous for his iconic fairy lights, rainbows and cotton candy color palette he uses in almost every one of his images. His photographs are extremely recognizable and well known around America especially after the release of his photo book Luminescence. Woelfel primarily photographs internet sensations such as Lilly Singh, Bethany Mota, and the DeMartino Twins as well as other models.

The trend #dothebrandonwoelfel consists of photographers taking photos of their models at night or at blue hour while incorporating some sort of artificial light in their images as well as heavy cool tones in post. I did not do this challenge to rip off Brandon instead I tried to see what parts of his style I could use to incorporate into my own photography and try to challenge myself. I almost never shoot past 7 so it was interesting to learn how to shoot without my friend the sun there to provide the natural light. This challenge has inspired me to do more night shooting with my own style incorporated but for now here is my take on emulating Brandon Woelfel’s style.

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Check out my post about how to edit like Woelfel using Lightroom to create this cotton candy color palette and edit under low light!

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Water Portraits

I recently have been interested in new and fun ways to spice up my portrait photography and really boost my photography game. In February I tried something called water portraits where the subject is submerged or surrounded by water. I was inspired by Alban Grosdidier’s series entitled, Drowning and decided to put my own twist on his beautiful shots. I hope you enjoy my interpretation of using water to create unique and interesting portraits.

 

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Photographer: Nia Goodall at Goodall Photos

Shot with: Canon Rebel T6 and Canon 24-70mm 2.8

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Michaels Challenge

In recent months there has been a rise in popular photography trends such as the Ugly Location Challenge which transformed into the now known Hobby Lobby Challenge. This challenge was popularized by Kelsey Maggart who was simply trying to get a floral image during the middle of winter. The trend has spread across America and spurred other teens and photographers to follow suit. However, Hobby Lobby wasn’t as enthusiastic about this challenge as many people were and even kicked out multiple photographers. Luckily Michaels Craft Stores began encouraging photographers to take on the challenge at their stores, they even went as far to post on their official Facebook page that they wanted people to come and be creative. Photographers such as Jessica Kobeissi hopped on the opportunity and delivered a beautiful interpretation of the challenge.

I decided to hop on the trend and try it for myself. I had an amazing experience at the Michaels store near my home where every employee was very kind and encouraging throughout the whole process. I even saw another photographer doing the same as I and taking pictures of their friends as well. I think this is a fun challenge that people should try even if you’re not a photographer. I attempted to expand outside of the floral section and added some other areas of the store into my images. I hope you enjoy my interpretation of the Michaels Craft Store Photo Challenge.

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Photographer: Nia Goodall

Shot with: Canon 7D Mark II & Canon 50mm 1.4

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