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Manny Librodo Post Processing technique

Updated on July 23, 2011

Manny Librodo Post-processing Technique

Manny Librodo is named by Kelby as one of the FIVE BEST PHOTOGRAPHERS of the world in 2009. He is a multi-awarded and internationally published photographer who conducts workshop all over the world. His post processing technique in photography is is really a work of an artist!

His works are not like the usual photographs we see out there. I always love photo editing and I've seen many good edited photos out there. I can't help my eyes from being struck however when I saw this man's work. The first thing I said was a big "Wow!" Most photographers shoot photos and just do a bit of color correction to preserve the natural look of the photo. But Manny does not stop in color correction alone. He spends time in post production to make his photos an artwork.

His sample works are more of a portrait photography but it doesn't end there. Beyond those faces of models are reflection of life that tells stories. His images convey the stories that he continues to draw from all around him.

Before we get into the techniques on how he does his post production, let's talk about about this guy. He was born in the small town of Lambunao in the Philippines and is the fourth among his six siblings. Manny's home had no electricity in his earliest years. His trips to bigger cities were also few. But he was very academically inclined and was the valedictorian when he was in high school. His immense talent as a photographer, however, grew slowly. "Initially, my love for photography was confined to just being a spectator of beauty. I like colors and patterns. I like displays of majesty and splendor. I like to experience unique cultures. All of these interests eventually led to travel and photography entered the mix merely as a means to document my journeys. At first I carried a simple point and shoot camera and always wanted to be in the picture myself. After all, how would friends and relatives know that I was there if I didn't appear in the photo? So I posed whenever, wherever and however" he says.

To learn more about him and his techniques, you can like his Facebook fan page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Manny-Librodo-Photog...

For those also who are interested to his workshops. This is his schedule:

For those who are inquiring about his workshops for the second half of the year, here it is:

2-3 July : Singapore (SOLDOUT)

9-10 July: Manila "Venetia@Fernbrook (SOLDOUT)

16-17 July: Malacca, Malaysia (very few slots available)

23-24 July: Brunei (Slots available)

30-31 July: Singapore (exclusive)

6-7 August: Ilocos (slots available)

13-14 August: O P E N

20-21 August: 5 Stars (exclusive)

27-28 August: Manila "Oblivion" (Very few slots available)

3-4 September: O P E N

10-11 September: ILOILO (to be confirmed)

17-18 September;:Sabah, Malaysia (to be confirmed)

24-25 September: Guam (slots available)

1-2 October: Zamboanga (Slots available)

8-9 October: San Francisco, USA (to be confirmed)

10-21 October ( H O L I D A Y)

22-23 October: Florida, USA (to be confirmed)

25-26 October: Texas, USA (to be confirmed)

29-30 October: NY, USA (to be confirmed)

5-6 November O P E N (for the US)

12-13 November: HongKong (Slots available)

19-20 November: Malaysia (Slots available)

25-26 November: Dubai (to be confirmed)

2 -3 December: Abu Dhabi (to be confirmed)

10 December One Asia Festival - Singapore

Rest of December: H O L I D A Y

My attempt to adopt Manny Librodo post production technique
My attempt to adopt Manny Librodo post production technique

How to do Manny Librodo Post-production technique

Manny Librodo Photoshop Technique

I'm not saying that this is exactly how Manny do things in his post production. I just tried to adopt his technique and do it in my own way. Fist step of course is that you must have a good photograph and I leave that skill to you. What I only show here is the photo editing technique using Photoshop.

Here are the steps you can do;

1. Import the photo you wanted to edit.

- for those who are new to Photoshop you can go to file, then import, then choose the photo from your hard drive, then click OK.

2. Place other elements you wanted to include such as vectors (optional).

-you can place them as higher layers above your main photo.

3. (If you did not do step 2 proceed to step 4). Flatten the image by going to layer menu (found on top aligned with FIle, Edit, etc.) then flatten image.

4. Duplicate the layer of the photo

-right click the layer then choose Duplicate then hit OK.

5. Blur the duplicate layer

-be sure the duplicate layer is selected then go to Filter menu (again, this is found on top aligned with File, Edit, etc.) then choose Blur, then choose Gaussian Blur, then place the radius slider to about 20 (or you can just type 20).

6. Make the duplicate layer darker a bit

-you can do this by press Ctrl+L to bring out Levels. You can then drag the midpoint slider to the right.

6. Blend the duplicate layer using multiply

-be sure that the duplicate layer is selected then go to the layer panel then then hove to blending modes (you can see this beside opacity) then choose multiply.

7. Lighten the image

-As you can see, the image is dark so go to Layer menu, then choose New adjustment layer, then choose levels. Drag the mid slider to the left.

8. Flatten the image again then save is as JPEG or any format you like.

So that's it guys. I'm sorry if it's a bit rough. I hope I can make a video tutorial for this soon to make things clearer. If you have some question, feel free to contact me at chamaltatis@gmail.com. You can also visit my website howtomakemoneyinphoto.com

Well, what I can only show you is my own adopted version. If you wanted to learn the techniques from him personally, you can catch him in his workshop schedule:

To those inquiring about his workshops for the second half of the year, here it is:

2-3 July : Singapore (SOLDOUT)

9-10 July: Manila "Venetia@Fernbrook (SOLDOUT)

16-17 July: Malacca, Malaysia (very few slots available)

23-24 July: Brunei (Slots available)

30-31 July: Singapore (exclusive)

6-7 August: Ilocos (slots available)

13-14 August: O P E N

20-21 August: 5 Stars (exclusive)

27-28 August: Manila "Oblivion" (Very few slots available)

3-4 September: O P E N

10-11 September: ILOILO (to be confirmed)

17-18 September;:Sabah, Malaysia (to be confirmed)

24-25 September: Guam (slots available)

1-2 October: Zamboanga (Slots available)

8-9 October: San Francisco, USA (to be confirmed)

10-21 October ( H O L I D A Y)

22-23 October: Florida, USA (to be confirmed)

25-26 October: Texas, USA (to be confirmed)

29-30 October: NY, USA (to be confirmed)

5-6 November O P E N (for the US)

12-13 November: HongKong (Slots available)

19-20 November: Malaysia (Slots available)

25-26 November: Dubai (to be confirmed)

2 -3 December: Abu Dhabi (to be confirmed)

10 December One Asia Festival - Singapore

Rest of December: H O L I D A Y

You can also like his Facebook fan page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Manny-Librodo-Photog...

sketch photo edit
sketch photo edit

Sketch photo edit

With a little but of playing, you can also come up with different effects of photos using the blur and blending modes in Photoshop.

Photoshop as the best photo editing software

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