Friday, June 24, 2011

Simple Portait Editing


I love the pairing of burnt cerise pink and mustard, like in the collection of images above. Mia put together her own ensemble in this color palette {she's actually quite good at color pairing} and I took a photo:

I used to post step-by-step photo editing a lot more often. I am going to gloss over the photoshop nitty gritty and give you the rough idea of how I change the photo. I have other photo editing posts here, which include links to free photo editing software and more detailed editing posts.

For this particular post, it's a quick-y one. My girl has been a real imp ever since she cut her hair. She was being a goof in the kitchen, dancing around and wearing this hat. So, I snapped a few photos. With just a bit of editing, a basic every-day photo can have a bit more polish.

So, here is the original photo straight out of the camera:

The first thing I do is fix any bug bites or red marks. Lots of photographers use skin-smoothers, but I don't. I don't like overly smooth skin... I like all the nuances {wrinkles, freckles, etc}. But I do minimize shadows under the eyes and fix redness:

Next, I used one of Shana's Florabella Actions. If you don't have photoshop, I will demystify the lingo: "actions" are really easy to use software to download into photoshop. All you do is press "play" and the photo is edited in a matter of seconds. Shana offers some of the best ones out there. If you are interested, you can buy them here. I used the "soft urban" action:

Finish the photo with a bit of hand-done sharpening:

And in a few minutes, the photo has a timeless look. Before/After:


Remember I said Mia was an imp, well, here is proof!

Have a lovely weekend!

PS: We have two shipments of our new summer shoe line in the country!


Brianne-zam said...

Love when you do photo editing. Would love to know more about sharpening! How do you do it? Where on the photo do you focus on?

seg said...

Love that girl~

Hannah @HannahHandmade said...

cute! The photo came out well!


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