May 1, 2015

Adventures In Editing: Getting Creative

The other day I decided to get a little more creative than I normally do with my images. I had a photo I had taken of my daughter in our back yard using my new 50mm 1.4 lens. I normally make only minor edits in Lightroom, and had made edits to an almost identical shot already...

I liked it, but felt like playing around with some more dramatic looks. So for the very next frame, I took a different approach. Here's a before and after look:

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The first thing I did with this image was crop in closer, although the before/after view does not reflect that. The image was originally framed more like the photo at the top of this post. I wanted to come in closer.

Then I played around with a new set of presets I had purchased from Photographic Elements titled, "Spring Collection." I settled on a preset called, "Moss Green." From there, I applied some sharpening around the eyes and a slight vignette.

I increased the saturation and vibrance. Then I began to play around with adjusting color hues. I increased magenta and red and decreased blue. The latter is the most obvious when you compare the two side-by-side above. Just look at her shirt.

The last thing I did was apply a skin smoothing brush to her face and healing brush to her lips, which are always chapped. (I try to remember to apply some Chapstick when I know I will be taking her picture, but this little backyard session was spontaneous.)

This is the most I have ever changed the Straight Out Of Camera (SOOC) look of an image I've shot. I normally prefer a more natural feel. But I love the dramatic look of this image. It's one of my favorites I have taken of my daughter to date.

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