Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Good shot SOOC vs good edited shot

I feel like even though I am getting better with my photography skills, I still prefer my edited images over my SOOC shots. Well, since I shoot in raw, I technically have to edit some- at the very least I fix my white balance before converting over to a jpeg.

So while I am continuing to work on getting better and better shots (and I'm guessing that is a process that never ends!), in the meantime I've come up with a pretty standard workflow in PSE for those shots that are pretty good SOOC.

1.Open image in ACR and fix white balance.
2. Adjust exposure, recovery, fill light and blacks as needed.
3. Open image in PSE and run CoffeeShop's Little Perk.
4. Crop if needed.

Here's an example of a SOOC shot and then what it looks like after I run those 4 steps.



And then of course there are some pictures that just pretty much suck SOOC. Most of the time they end up in the trash folder, but sometimes I like to practice my editing on them to see if I can salvage something from the mess.

The example below was just a mess. It was really too dark to take a picture without a flash, so I had my ISO set at 800, which produces a ton of noise on my camera. The background was a mess too, not to mention my model was not all that cooperative. I know, excuses excuses. I used the following steps to turn this from a horrible shot into a passable one.
1. Opened in ACR and fixed white balance and exposure.
2. Opened in PSE and cropped so all of the distracting parts of the background disappeared.
3. Used CoffeeShop's Little Perk action.
4. Smoothed Maddie's skin using a High Pass filter in Overlay blending mode at about 60% (this was mainly to get rid of the obvious noise on her face).
5. Sharpened her eyes using a High Pass filter in Soft Light blending mode at about 50% since I didn't really nail her eyes.
6. Used CoffeeShop's ButterScotch Vintage action (one of my favorites).
7. Used CoffeeShop's Johnna's Tea Party at a very low opacity.



Trendy Treehouse- Summer Fun


This week's theme is Summer Fun. I took this picture of Maddie a couple of weeks ago while she was eating her first fudge pop- yum! Turns out it was definitely a good idea to eat this outside, since she had to be hosed down afterwards. Notice how she skillfully avoids getting any mess on her actual bib, lol.


Head on over to Trendy Treehouse to see other great entries celebrating summer fun!

Monday, June 28, 2010

I Heart Faces- Pets

This week's I Heart Faces photo challenge: Pets

Oh, sweet Ginger. I know a lot of people say this, but she is TRULY the world's sweetest dog. Ginger was my first pet as an adult, and she is now my human child's best friend. She is so gentle, so goofy, and so intuitive- she can sense sadness and is always waiting to give kisses to cheer you up. Ginger is only 7- she's prematurely gray I guess, but it reflects her motherly, nurturing personality.
ginger retrohoney

Don't forget to check out the I Heart Faces website to see
all of the wonderful entries!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Trendy Treehouse- Father's Love


I'm joining another weekly challenge group- this site is called Trendy Treehouse and it has a fun photo contest every Tuesday. This week's theme is "Father's Love," which is an easy one since Father's Day was on Sunday and I made a point to snap a few pictures of my husband and daughter in our front yard. This one was by far my favorite!


Head on over to Trendy Treehouse to see other great entries celebrating fathers!

Monday, June 21, 2010

I Heart Faces- Celebrating Teens

This week's I Heart Faces photo challenge: Celebrating Teens

I just so happened to spend a week at the beach a couple of weeks ago with my entire
family, including my 19 year old baby sister (nevermind that I look more
like a teen than she does!)- so here's one of my favorite shots of her
from the beach! Love you sissy!

Don't forget to check out the I Heart Faces website to see
all of the wonderful entries!