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.