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
*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!