Before & After: Beach Edition
This might be the last post today – we’ll see. 

The other night, my in-laws took Alyssa to the boardwalk. I probably should have gone with my camera because even though I thought the boardwalk looked a little sketchy (we went the night before), this kid would make it look like Disneyworld. 

When Alyssa came home, she was quick to show me her face and I was quick to ask her to step outside so I could “make her picture” (as they call it).  It was already getting dark so I had to jack up my ISO to 1600. It’s such a cute shot though that I thought it’d make a great Before and After. Here’s my straight out of the camera (SOOC) shot.
ISO 1600, f/3.2, 38 mm, 1/50 sec.

I opened the picture in Adobe Camera Raw to correct my white balance and exposure. As a result, I was left with a lot of grain.
IMG_4392 Corrected WB

I still don’t have a noiseware plug-in for PSE7, but it’ll likely be my next purchase. I do have a free community edition (Noiseware Community Edition 2.6), so I opened the photo there to remove the noise. Oh what a difference a little noiseware can make!
IMG_4392 After Noiseware

From there, I re-opened the photo in PSE7. I applied Amy McMaster’s Squeaky Clean and adjusted the levels (I usually move the slider up to 1.38 – I may have done more) to brighten it up. I applied Pioneer Woman’s Bring Out the Eyes and finally Amy McMaster’s Berries N’ Cream (I turned off the berries layer).
IMG_4392 blog
I really love the end result – what do you think? Frame-worthy? For more Before and After’s check out (I’m including Touch-Up Tuesday as well because I didn’t have an entry until today…forgive me Karli):