Touch-Up Tuesday
A week or so ago, Kathy sent me a picture of her son taking a bath in the kitchen sink. I’ve edited a couple of photos of Andrew before…he is such a cute kid! Although she edited a few photos from the set (see them here), she wanted to see what I could do with this particular shot. I’ll be honest…I think I like her edits better. Nonetheless, here’s what I did. 
I started by pulling the raw file into Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). If you want better control of your photos, I strongly encourage you to 1. Shoot MANUAL and 2. Shoot in RAW. Typically, any exposure data that needs to be recovered can be more easily recovered if you shoot in RAW because the file has not been compressed yet (this also means a much larger file – once you edit a photo, it’s not necessary to keep the RAW file…just save as JPG). 

Anyways, I made the following adjustments (this will make more sense if you actually use ACR): 
  • Recovery +31
  • Fill Light +10
  • Blacks +39
  • Brightness +42
  • Contrast +54
  • Clarity +12
  • Vibrance -14
Once those adjustments were made, I opened the photo in Photoshop Elements 7.
IMG_4193 ACR
I thought for this photo that I would use Perfect Workflow (because I am really trying to use freebie products). I noticed that my background was a little noisy, so after going through my workflow, I merged my layers and created a new layer. On that layer, I went to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and applied a Gaussian Blur to the background (I used a layer mask to only apply the effect to the background). If you don’t have noiseware, this is often a quick and simple way to reduce noise in simple backgrounds (you also have a median option under noise that works pretty well too). 

I also thought I’d try to even out his skintone a little bit, so I worked through Coffeeshop Photography’s Baby Powder Room for a more even look.
IMG_4193 Perfect Workflow
I then finalized the photo by applying Amy McMaster’s Berries N’ Cream action for a softer look. What do you think? Like I said…I think I may like Kathy’s edits more – I’d love to see her workflow!
Andrew Bath After RS
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    Beautiful edit Ashley and what a lovely photo your friend sent you. I’m sure she will be really happy about the edit. I love the hair and the expression. Your edits really made this image go from cute to adorable.

    Great job…and SO cute!!

    beautiful photos an very cute kid!!!

    beautiful photos an very cute kid!!!

    So inspiring. I’m going to start taking notes of the info you share. Re your email, maybe i have it in me, guess we’ll see…:-)

    I saw this photo and laughed. What a cute picture, and I love what you did with them!

    always lovely– ps- head on over to my blog today u might see a little surprise!

    IT really took the glare off of his face! He looks so happy:). I’m might have to stick my little on in the sink now;). Great job!

    Love your edits! Great job.

    Thank you Ashley!!!!

    Oh! My workflow? Well I don’t use actions…so I can’t really describe it, but I just mess with contrast and levels and colors until I like it :-) haha! You are way cooler than me.

    So much fun & I love that face!!!
    Beautiful work

    I will have to use the dog pic for touch up tuesday, but when i get home from work.

    Love your edites as always.

    you did an amazing job!! i think this photo in particular is pretty difficult because of the highlights.
    also he’s adorable <3

    Nicely done! And thanks for the tip on using blur to reduce noise!

    this is great hun!

    Beautiful shot as always Ashley.

    I was under the impression that if you shoot in raw you have to have certain editing software, true or not? And aren’t raw images huge?

    Great job! What a lucky friend!!

    I think your edits are great, Ashley. Cute shot!

    I love your edit! That is an awesome photo to work with!

    I think your edit is great! You improved the color and took out the haziness. I looked at your friends’ edits too, and I think they look really good too. No way you could go wrong with such a cute little guy! Looks great! :-)

    What a cutie pie he is! Your processing is really nice Ashley. On my monitor his head, from below the nose up, looks grayish. Hope you don’t mind that I played around with it some. I pulled it into my PS, basically split the photo from the bottom of the nose up, and balanced the color with the lower half of the photo, then ran an Alien Skim Focus B&W filter, did some burning and dodging and it evened it out really well. Have you tried this one B&W?

    LOL That should have been Alien Skin, not Alien Skim filter!

    I like your edit! The haze is gone. :)

    His grin is adorable. :D

    He sure is having some fun there – that was a great edit Ashley.

    Great edit! I’ve to try using blur to remove noiseware.

    Thanks for the tip on removing noise! Your edit is great & I was wondering how you were going to even out his skin tone too. lol Well done A!

    Is this precious or what??
    You did such a wonderful job on these.

    Lovely edit! I was just googling noiseware. Since we’re running out of natural light with winter approaching, I’ll be forced to take higher ISO indoor photos. I’ve tried the noise reduction filter in PSE8 and the noise reducer in RAW, but I don’t see much in results??? What noiseware do you use?

    So fun! I’d love to see what you can do with a photo I took of my niece over the weekend – her expression is adorable, but my photo is lacking.

    I think you did a wonderful job editing this photo.

    What a cutie! I love the edits, you can see his goose bumps. So cute!!!

    Amazing photo. The joy on his face is priceless. Perfect editing as usual :)

    Gorgeous edit on that photo! It’s a super cute one!

    Great editing! That picture is too cute!