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5.03.2010

{how do you edit?}

some of our most frequently asked questions are about editing. how, where, what, why....you name it. so, i thought i would be fun to ask some of our favorite photogs to share with us how they edit.
there are so many different editing styles out there that i'm sure no two people do it the same way. some are very minimal and some are extremely in depth. below you will find some different styles, techniques, tips and info. i hope you find this very useful. each photo will have the sooc (straight out of the camera) version, as well as the edited version.

thank you so much to all the photographers for sharing this information with us!!! you all amaze me!!



images from AMBER, LITTLE MOON PHOTOGRAPHY

Both photos I did a custom white balance and made sure I was getting good directional light by posing the baby nearly 90 degrees to the light source.


photo #1-sooc


Opened in ACR and:

* + .75 Exposure

* Recovered the blown red spots on hat dots

* Added +2 Brightness

* Added +2 Blacks

* Added +6 clarity

Opened in CS3 and:

* Cropped a bit of the blanket out

* Curves level adjustment – pulled middle curve straight up just a tad then pulled the bottom left to the right a little.

* Flattened, created a new layer and ran Portraiture and reduced the opacity to 19%, within the Portraiture settings I did +2 Brightness and -1 warmth to take some red out and brighten the skin.

* Next I went in and did a lot of cloning, the baby had red marks on his arm from the previous position from the blanket. He also had some baby acne I needed to fix.

* Next I did a Selective Color layer, went to “neutrals” and did -3 magenta, -2 cyan, and +1 yellow to make the baby’s skin more his natural color and less red.

* +5 contrast

* slight unsharp mask and then saved as a JPG.


after edits




photo #2- sooc
Opened in ACR and:
  • + 3 Brightness
  • + 8 Clarity
  • While I did do a Custom White Balance (I use Ed Pierce’s Photovision Target) I warmed up the baby a bit to 7200.

Opened in CS3 and:

  • cropped and rotated a bit
  • Curves level adjustment – pulled middle curve straight up just a tad then pulled the bottom left to the right a little.
  • Flattened, created a new layer and ran Portraiture and reduced the opacity to 19%, within the Portraiture settings I did +2 Brightness and -1 warmth to take some red out and brighten the skin.
  • flattened and cloned out some skin flakes.
  • Selective color layer: -1 magenta, -2 yellow, +3 blacks.
  • +3 contrast
  • slight unsharp mask and saved as JPG.
after edits





image from ANDEE, CRAVE PHOTOGRAPHY

photo- sooc


Editing is my favorite phase of the whole process!!!

Here are the steps:

1) Florabella action "sharpen and defog"
2) Coffee Shop action "powder room 2" for skin
3) Duplicate layer and set to "multiply" blending mode
4) TRA action "rusty cage"
5) Filter >sharpen>unsharp mask at amount of 40-60%

after edits




images from LISA, LISA LUCKY PHOTOGRAPHY

Picture #1- sooc


open in ACR and adjust exposure (if necessary), highlights (if necessary), white balance
open in Photoshop
crop having extended the canvas slightly on the left and top of the image
midtone bump in curves, flatten
duplicate layer and change blending mode to soft light
reduce layers opacity to 50%
selective color layer reducing red/yellows only applied to skin tones
hue/saturation adjustment layer to remove blues/cyans/magenta color casts to white dresses
selective color layer to target the reds in the apples...I believe I adjusted the black, yellows and magentas
added a texture, changed blending mode to "overlay", reduced opacity
burned edges at a low opacity with burn tool

after edits



Picture #2- sooc


open in ACR and adjust exposure (if necessary), highlights (if necessary), white balance
open in Photoshop
crop
midtone bump in curves, flatten
duplicate layer and change blending mode to soft light
reduce layers opacity to 50%
add gradient map making sure the color pallette is black/white
burned edges at low opacity with burn tool

after edits



Picture #3- sooc


open in ACR and adjust exposure (if necessary), highlights (if necessary), white balance
open in Photoshop
crop
midtone bump in curves, flatten
duplicate layer and change blending mode to soft light
reduce layers opacity to 40%
selective color layer reducing blacks in the reds and yellows by -10
flatten
duplicate layer, run Portraiture at 40%
clone out any small blemishes on skin

after edits





image from LIZ, ELIZABETH LEIGHTON PHOTOGRAPHY

Blank
photo- sooc

The sun was going down quickly so I just wanted to keep shooting. I love this shot of Lauren but obviously, it's dark. Here are my edits
In LR:
1. Straighten slightly
2. Adjust exposure to +.80
3. Brightness to +68
4. Use LR preset Tone Curve - Strong Contrast
5. Felt the image was a tad too magenta so I pulled the tint to -14
6. Contrast to +7
7. Blacks to 7
8. Vibrance and Clarity to +21
Export to Photoshop
1. Add Light action (sorry, I can't remember who's it is)
2. Child's Play Warm Up - adjusted to 25%
3. TRA Straight Edge - adjusted to 18%

after edits



make sure to stay tuned because i have some more examples from other photographers and different styles coming up in a few days.

thanks again to amber, andee, lisa and liz!!!

58 comments:

  1. Love this post! So interesting so see how others edit. Keep em coming!

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  2. They all did some awesome pp...

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  3. Nice...great to see how others work :)

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  4. Love love love this post. Best post in the history of the world. Thank you so much. I can't wait for more.

    I like superlatives.

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  5. Anonymous5/03/2010

    have two quetions what is Portraiture and child's play warm up. thanks

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  6. Awesome to see the difference in everyone editing styles. Very cool.

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  7. portraiture http://www.imagenomic.com/

    and

    child's play actions http://www.petamazey.com/actions/

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  8. Thank you so much. I just love seeing how different people approach editing! Very helpful :)

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  9. So interesting! Thank you! I am looking forward to more!

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  10. Anonymous5/03/2010

    Fantastic post. Thanks so much :)

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  11. thank you so much for this post!!! so helpful!

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  12. Great post.. I have one additional question, how did you pose the infant in the first photo? I swear evertime I try it, it just never works out.

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  13. Thanks so much for this post! I like getting new ideas for editing and finding out what works well and fast. Thank you!

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  14. Great post, one question though, please can you tell me what is ACR, all I know is Lightroom and Photoshop? Thanks

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  15. ACR is Adobe Camera Raw. it's an extension of photoshop that lets you process RAW files.

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  16. Sarah K5/03/2010

    Awesome post!! Love to see how different people edit!

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  17. Amazing POST! I loved reading these helpful tips...what amazing photographers!

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  18. Thanks for this! It was really great.

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  19. Light Creations5/03/2010

    Awesome to see the edits. I really appreciate the sharing too. Thank you.

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  20. Thank you! That was so fun!!!

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  21. KatherineB5/03/2010

    Thank you so much - great to see!!!

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  22. This is great. I'm learning tons reading about others' processes. Thanks!

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  23. Fantastic - thank yoU!!

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  24. I love seeing other peoples edits!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

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  25. These were fantastic!! Thank you so very much for this post and to the wonderful photographers willing to share! They're all amazing! :)

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  26. This was awesome. Thanks!!

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  27. Excellent article. Thank you!

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  28. This is fantastic. These are great edits. Thanks to all the photographers that participate and help us learn more all the time.

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  29. Thanks to Maternal Lens and all the photographers who shared their editing. Really helpful to peek into other people's 'dark rooms'.

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  30. Wonderful! Thanks so much for the info!

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  31. Great info--thanks to everyone who shared!

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  32. Awesome post, with some amazingly talented photographers!!!

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  33. Great post and thanks for sharing

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  34. thank you so much, i loved these! keep 'em comin'!

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  35. Thank you so much! This was very informative. I cant wait to see more.

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  36. Anonymous5/05/2010

    this is so what I have been looking for! Thank you, I love the examples!

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  37. What a great idea for a post. So amazing when talented people are willing to share. Now if I just knew what it all means...ha!

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  38. This is awesome, thanks for posting and to the photographers for sharing!

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  39. I love this post!!!
    Thanks so much!!

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  40. This is a great feature and I would love to see more!! This helps me a lot, and I think I am probably capable of doing all of the edits, except for Lisa's I need step by steps on her steps! Those were over my head! Beautiful though :)

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  42. Found your blog through a google search. Awesome post! Thank you!

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