I thought it would be fun to post a Before and After Series each week detailing how I edit my photos.

This week I’m using a picture of my Shelby as she participated in her school pageant.

This is a straight out of camera (SOOC) shot.

Here are the stats:

50mm/f 1.4 (this is the lens that is on my camera 90% of the time-great go-to lens!)

ISO 400; Shutter Speed 1/60; f 2.8; Strobe Flash used and bounced off a wall to camera left.

Really not too bad, but room for improvement.

Now for the edit.  I edit all of my images in Photoshop CS3 and Lightroom.

For my personal work, I typically shoot in jpeg, but for my professional work I shoot in RAW.

*white balance and color settings to correct the fluorescent lighting.

*Curves tool to increase the overall exposure of the image.

*Daily Multivitamin from Kevin Kubota Photoshop Actions (most every image I edit gets this action applied)

*Liquify tool (Shelby’s left arm where the red dress is behind her)-I know this is an extreme edit and I don’t usually use the liquify, but I was simply playing around with it to see what I could do.  🙂

*Clone tool for the red dress (again, that’s an extra)

*resize and frame for the blog

*add logo

*sharpen using Kevin Kubota’s Magic Sharp

And that’s it!

I know it seems like a lot, but it’s really only a few simple steps (minus the liquify and clone-these were extras).

When I edit an image, I don’t necessarily like to see the image as edited with alot of frufru-I simply want to see a beautiful, finished result.

You can learn more about taking better betters from my Photography 101 Series on my professional site!

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