So I sure had a lot of fun with these images from H & W readers, and I hope what I did makes their photos just a little bit better. I’ve been mostly editing photos in Lightroom this fall, so it was fun to get back into Photoshop and work on an image individually!
Reader Jyl at Moore Love Than Ever sent this photo of her little two-year-old loves. They are almost twins, just a month apart.
It is slightly soft, so I used curves, levels and a soft light layer blended together to increase contrast, then sharpened.
Here we have the lovely Kate from Walking Kateastrophe.
The first image is her original. Kate and Matt are shown kicking up their heels in China (those are Chinese military hats). The fog made for a tough shooting environment, and the image was underexposed for the people, but lovely for the scene.
Looking at my edits, I’m glad to see their faces, but I think I pushed the exposure too far, bringing in too much grain and losing the lovely detail in the background. Kate, since you are a PS user, try opening your original in Adobe Camera Raw, and using the sliders to adjust exposure and fill light. I like seeing your faces and the beautiful red of your jackets, but it I had five more minutes to call my own I would strike a happy medium with less exposure adjustment. See if you like your edits better!
Fabulous quilter/crafter Molly at AppleCyder sent this charming photo of her little fella. It didn’t need much to enhance those beautiful blue eyes, but it looks like the flash fired, blowing out (overexposing) some of the detail in his face, so I wanted to bring that back a bit. Also, Mama requested “crud removal” on the side of his face which was an easy fix with the clone tool in PhotoShop.
I used a multiply layer blend in PhotoShop at about 30% to try and expose the face properly, and then boosted color and contrast with curves, levels and a soft light layer for this color boost option. Also sharpened.
I also tried a brown-tone color action I am currently loving, by photographer Brenda Acuncious.
Hard to pick isn’t it?!
I have one more to share, but my own active photo subjects are calling. And are probably wondering when I’m going to make my Christmas card.
Anna Sawin is a Connecticut-based portrait, wedding, and editorial photographer. She lives in the shoreline town of Stonington with her family and has discovered the perfect cupcake. Just ask, she is willing to share her secret.