October 06, 2011
Shoot and Edit: Week 39 – Orange EDIT
Welcome to the 39th week of Shoot and Edit: Part 2. Click HERE for all the details and upcoming prompts/themes (also including previous editing tutorials). This week’s theme or prompt was to show us one “Orange” SOOC shot (this was just a suggestion, you can show us any SOOC shot). Hopefully you linked up with Jill’s blog earlier this week.

Each Thursday, I will take my SOOC shot and provide a simple/basic or advanced Photoshop/Photoshop Elements or Lightroom tutorial. You can then try my tutorial on your own photos and link up here – linky will now open EARLY on Thursdays and be open THROUGH SUNDAY. If you’d prefer, can simply share your own edit and show us what you did to achieve the look.

We want this challenge to be a learning experience, so feel free to teach us something new too! Also, it does not matter what editing program you use. Although I tend to work within Adobe CS5 (Photoshop), Photoshop Elements, Adobe Camera Raw and now Lightroom…it does not mean that you have to use the exact same program. I hope you’ll be able to take the concepts and apply them in the program you feel most comfortable using.

Much like I said last week, we’re getting to a point in our good to WOW journey in which you guys are creating beautiful SOOC shots. Most of you have found a style that works for you, so it’s not like you “need” me to teach you anything in particular. I thought that I would use this week to review clean processing and some of my favorite editing tricks.

Rather than make you do a lot of scrolling to see the final result, just mouse over my SOOC shots below:

By the way, if you missed our lesson on the “mouse-over” technique, click HERE. Too lazy to click? Here’s the code you’re looking for: 

If you’ll remember last week’s lesson, we discussed batch processing (in Lightroom)…specifically the syncing function – that came in handy this week. I started working on the 50mm image first. Here’s what I did: 
  • Custom white balance adjustment – used the tip of the candy corn.
  • Increased blacks +20
  • Increased brightness +50
  • Increased contrast +48
  • Increased clarity +15
  • Increased vibrance +15
  • Increased saturation +6
  • Under HSL/Color/B&W – increased saturation on red and orange +14

Of course, I also used Caroline’s fine sharp and standard noise reduction presets at the end of my process…but one step I left out above is one of my favorite new tricks in Lightroom. So…many of you have commented on some of my “storybook edits,” and asked me to share my process. In the process of a nap yesterday afternoon (I’ve had quite a week), I decided that I should pull together all my steps into a preset. But…there is one particular set of presets that got me started that I thought would be worth sharing:

Sarah (Naptime Momtog) actually shared this process on her blog yesterday (click here). What I’ve noticed about this effect is that it is adjusting three elements: fill light, recovery and sharpening (+50). Much like the high pass filter trick I regularly use in Photoshop, if you want to create a more 3D look to your images, increase your fill light and recovery to the same level (ex. on the above images, I increased both to 14. This concept will work in both Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw.

With that said, I know I didn’t really teach anything new…but I hope today’s review has helped. Do check out that HDR processing preset – it’s one of my favorites. For your edit, I would love to see you continuing using the lessons we’ve covered in the past 38 weeks as well as apply today’s lesson or share something you’ve learned recently. I hope you all have a great Thursday and I look forward to seeing your edits. Next week’s theme is “Leaves” Have a great Thursday!

Good to WOW

By the way, don’t forget to add your edited photo to our good to WOW {EDIT} Flickr Group (for those of you that prefer to upload and visit that way). When adding your photos to the group pool, be sure to include the Week #, the Theme and EDIT in the description section. You may upload one photo per week. I also want to point out that we are all here to improve our editing skills. When offering constructive criticism (either on Flickr or within blog comment sections), be sure to point out at least one thing you really like about the edit before offering any advice for improvement.


    beautiful soft edit. HDR can be really fun, especially with all of your historic buildings. have you tried that on them?

    love you

    Love your clean edit, ashley! It was a great sooc to start with too.

    And don’t worry abt recapping some things and sharing links to some cool tutorials…. :) its all good.
    I’ll be interested in your preset whenever or if you decide to share or make it. I think I have a few shots that would look interesting storybook style. :)


    Oh and I love your new header! Hehe! My dad just gave me my grandpas old box camera…. I need to get it out and play with it….

    Great candy corns, so sweet and so Autumn.

    Oh how I LOVE HDR processing- so happy to see you mention it! AND- you are completely taunting me with this candy corn. I have yet to pick some up- but now it’s on the list.

    I love these edits. They are both wonderful. I also think HDR is fun and interesting…I am going to have to try this processing! Thanks.

    Very subtle edit. I like it. :)

    Great edits! I love all the links you gave us today. I’ve been puzzled by HDR for quite awhile and the reminder of the LR tutorials is very handy! So much to learn, so little time.

    Wow, that editing is fabulous – it really makes the photos pop!

    Great edits, I didn’t know about that 3d effect! I’ll have to give that a try!

    Great edits. Thanks for the shout out. :) Sorry it took me so long to comment. We were at the pumpkin patch this morning.

    Your sooc’s were great to begin with. I’ve downloaded that preset from Sarah’s blog a few days ago but I’ve not tried it out yet. I’ve just tried it out via acr though and I really like doing it via there rather than through photoshop adjustments as it doesn’t introduce noise the way the other method does.

    very subtle and not at the same time. You can see the brighter colors. I like it.

    Plus thank you for the mouseover technique! :)

    These look yummy! Great work.

    Beautiful edits! I love how the photos seem warmer now.

    Beautiful edit as always…love the too lazy:)


    I made a total of four phone calls this morning and several emails and FB posts asking about where I could find candy corn in Hong Kong –to no avail! I might have to see if my friend could bring some back for me from the US when she goes there in a couple of weeks.

    Great trick! I’m learning so much from these LR edits! I can’t wait to download those presets! I’ve created a few of my own in LR…really, it’s sooo simple!