April 07, 2011
Shoot and Edit: Week 13 – UP…EDIT
Welcome to the 13th 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 “UP!” 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 some basic editing tips (I will try to keep it basic and work my way up). You can then try these tips on your own photos and link up here – linky will now 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 and Adobe Camera Raw…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.

Once again, here is one of my SOOC shots (I’ve decided to focus the edit on one shot):
Sunny Day 1 SOOC RS

Sunny Days EXIF 1
Building on what we’ve learned in the past twelve weeks (Week 1: Edit, Week 2: Edit, Week 3A, Week 3B, Week 4: Edit, Week 5: Edit, Week 6: Edit, Week 7: Edit,  Week 8: Edit, Week 9: Edit, Week 10: Edit, Week 11: Edit and Week 12: Edit) I started this edit in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR):
As I’ve said before, my hope is that at this point in our lessons, you have gotten really comfortable with clean processing in whatever editing program you use (Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, Picnik, Picassa, etc). As your SOOC shots continue to improve, you’ll need to do less and less processing (unless you enjoy creative editing – I won’t remove that from you because I enjoy editing way too much). 

But today, I want to once again talk about another creative approach in a little more detail: textures. My original intent was to make my very first video tutorial. Well that experience ended up in a flashing screen, so…I’ll have to wait for my old man to provide some technical guidance before I try that one again. However, I did find a tutorial that basically does the exact same thing I was going to do:

Just as this tutorial says, always start with your clean processing steps. For me personally, I run a quick curves adjustment followed by Clean & Easy. I then used textures by two of my favorite texture artists: Kim Klassen (click HERE for Warm Sun used in my edit) and Shadowhouse Creations (click HERE for RT-4 in the Rich Tones texture set). I’ve include my recipe (layers with blending modes and opacities) below if you want to follow it (not necessary):
Texture Layer
Within just a few minutes, my photo is fully texturized. Granted, this may not be your style of editing…and that is completely okay, but it’ll be one more thing to add to your “editing resume.” Perhaps next week, we’ll also include text…hmmm.
IMG_3457 textures RS
So, to recap our lesson, we learned how to apply texture by adjusting our blending modes. If you want to know more about types of blending modes, CLICK HERE. For your edit, I would love to see you continuing using the lessons we’ve covered in the past twelve. I also encourage you to give textures a try. 

With that said, here’s a final look at my SOOC and Final image. I hope you found today’s lesson useful. If you have any questions or need more explanation, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Sunny Day Compare
I hope you all have a great Thursday and I look forward to seeing your edits!

By the way, today is my sister’s 25th birthday. Happy Birthday Jamie!