October 20, 2011
Shoot and Edit: Week 41 – Pumpkins…EDIT (Split-toning)
Welcome to the 41st 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 “Pumpkins” 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.

Earlier this week, I made a call for guest tutorials or suggestions for future tutorials. Cedar quickly suggested that we talk about split-toning in Lightroom. Considering I haven’t really played with the split-toning function, I was excited to give it a try. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, here’s my SOOC shot again: 
Miss Pumpkin Head SOOC
If you’re anything like me (and you use Lightroom), you’ve likely found refuge in a set of presets that do most of the work for you…or you’ve created a few of your own that quickly get the job done. I have a two month old session that needs to be edited so I didn’t have much time to work through this week’s edit, so I quickly selected a preset.
IMG_9195 Round 1
The preset is okay but I feel like it leaves a lot to be desired. This is where split-toning came into play. This particular video does a great job of explaining what photos are good candidates for split-toning in addition to explaining the process.

Now that I know how to use the tool, I’m pretty excited about the possibilities…and I’m much more excited about my edit. What do you think?
Miss Pumpkin Head Final RS
So, to recap our lesson, today we discussed split-toning in Lightroom. Here’s a final look at my SOOC and final edit.
Miss Potato Head Compare
For your edit, I would love to see you continuing using the lessons we’ve covered in the past 40 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 “Memories” 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.

    the bokeh in these photos is delicious!!

    Cute! Love the pumpkin and love your processing as well!

    I love the bokeh in these shots! Really just so gorgeous and adorable pumpkin!

    Thanks so much for the video on split-toning! It makes so much more sense now! I guess I could have googled it myself, but somehow it feels more official if I learn it here :)

    yeah – i get to learn something new in LR! :-)

    great edit and i love the bokeh too!


    Great work and adorable pumpkin!

    Have a nice day Ashley:)

    Lovely :)

    you are so awesome! do you know that!? sending you all my love from taiwan, i got here safe and sound :)

    I love your edit. Thanks for sharing the video.

    That pumpkin just makes me smile! Great edit and thanks for the video!

    Ashley – I love how the color pops even more in your edit! I recently discovered split toning myself and love it!

    I am not sure I see the difference, but I need to watch the video which I am sure will help.

    However, I think I will wait till I receive LR. YAY!!! for Christmas being right around the corner.

    This is so timely for me because I have just started using lightroom and was wondering how to use the split toning feature. Yeah! I’ll be studying this soon. Thank you.

    Cute picture!

    What a funny pumpkin, great boost!

    Split toning worked really well with your photo! The color pops nicely.

    Great edit, love the pop of color. Love all that bokeh too. I finally got LR…no idea how to use it…but I have it :)

    I had my edits done, but now, I am doing them over to try out the split toning! BRB. Thanks!

    Oh! The edit is great and I love the bokeh, too!

    Such an adorable pumpkin and lovely bokeh. Love your edit and how the colors pop…

    LOVE this! Had no idea how to do this and now, I’m afraid I could very easily become obsessed with split toning. AWESOME.

    Great edit, I love the bokeh in your shot!

    Nicely done! The clarity in the final shot is amazing.

    Nice work and info Ashley!

    Just sitting here eating sunflower seeds and watching the split toning video – LOL! GREAT pumpkin edit – sooo cute! Thanks for sharing the LR info; you know I’m trying to absorb all I can. :-)

    had so much fun doing this, i cant wait for next week :D

    Love your pumpkin edit!

    Love the bokeh! I definitely need to learn how to use lightroom.
    I’m starting to get pumpkin envy looking at everyone’s photos, lol. We don’t have a pumpkin patch and actually our pumpkins don’t even look like that!!

    Great edit! Love the bokeh. Lightroom looks like such an awesome program.

    The pumpkin styling is so darling and color POP is superb.

    Great shot! Thanks for linking up that lightroom tutorial. I’m still learning LR so now that is just one more feature I can use. THANKS!

    Love the pumpkin and your editing. Where did you get the eyes, mouth,and nose? They are really cute

    I love pumpkins! This one is so cute. I like the vibrancy of this edit and you have some great bokeh!

    Your edit looks great! That bokeh is wonderful!

    The vibrancy of the edit is beautiful, not too over the top but just enough. I love the information about split toning. I couldn’t do it with any of my pumpkin shots as they didn’t have the right highlights and shadows. I am going to use it in the future though! Thank you for sharing and for helping me figure out what another part of LR is for :o).

    This is a new topic for me – I’ve still to watch the video but it looks great on your pumpkin. I tried a spilt toning action in cs5 once and I couldn’t see any difference to my edited photo so I never bothered to look into it any further.

    I love learning things from you. You are always so excited and good at sharing. I will definitely have a play with this some time soon. Thank you. x

    The pumpkin edit is fabulous but I couldn’t take my eyes off the bokeh!

    Oh man, you are killing me with that cute pumpkin!!! Love the edits… it really POPS ;D

    Love the pumpkin shot! You make everything look so easy!!

    Love how your edit turned out on this one!