Before & After: Family Photos

April 09, 2010
In the previous post, I shared the new “Squeaky Clean” action. In this post, I thought I’d share a few more examples using Kristen’s beautiful family. I believe these were taken on Easter. If I’m honest, I kept putting these off because I was a bit intimidated by the exposure and didn’t want to screw it up. I may still have screwed them up, but I gave it my best effort. With each of these, I started by selecting the background and doing a levels adjustment. I then ran the Squeaky Clean action (adding a brightening step) and adjusted each layer based on the...
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Before & After: Naomi

April 08, 2010
I’m still working through a number of photos that my internet photography friends sent my way. This afternoon, I thought I’d share Naomi. Her mother sent me some of her Easter portraits for my challenge. This first one really needed some help, but I was able to save it. My steps included: Adjusted the curves.Adjusted the levels. Adjusted the brightness.Adjusted the color curves (for her skin tone).Applied Pioneer Woman’s Bring Out the Eyes action. Applied Coffeeshop’s Baby Powder Room to even out her skin tone. Cropped in even closer (since she’d already...
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Before & After

April 08, 2010
Meet Allie. After drooling over a few of her mother’s macro shots recently, it seems only appropriate that she gives me a couple of shots to edit. Furthermore, I know that dandelions are technically weeds, but Allie really knows how to work them. With this first one, although I know she didn’t mean to tilt the photo…I think it works. However, I did want to adjust the composition and push Allie to the far left (this required a little eye dropper/paint bucket/healing action to fill in the new space created on the right). From there, I used Coffeeshop’s Baby Powder Room...
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Before & After: Creating Storyboards...

April 07, 2010
One of my internet photog friends sent me three new pictures of her daughter, Keira, playing with their cat. She suggested that they might make a good storyboard, thus presenting me with the opportunity to share my steps. First off, there are a number of wonderful templates out there for creating storyboards. For example, CoffeeShop offers tutorials for creating simple and decorated storyboards. I chose to use another tutorial: Easy 3-panel storyboard. I suppose I could have recreated the steps, but why recreate when someone else has already done the work. Here are the before’s (I...
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