Hello! Sorry for the late, late, late post today. I was having trouble logging on to my server earlier. *sad face*
Today, I have combo post – another short tutorial on my post-processing workflow AND one sneak peak photo of a family session I had a couple of weeks ago. By the way, you can easily find more of these short tutorials by going to the orange menu bar at the top of the BLOG page and searching for “Post Processing” under the categories tab.
Meet K. Ohhhh, my goodness. She was a STAR in front of the camera. Only 3 years old, but so, so, so cooperative and full of energy and personality. Here is today’s before and after.
GAH! Isn’t she incredibly adorable???
So, how did I take this bland RAW file (more on what is RAW and why the image on the left looks the way it does by clicking HERE) and turn into a bright, colorful image? Well, this image was a little tricky, it was a backlit image and the sun was still quite high up in the sky. I wasn’t planning on taking K.’s portrait in this exact spot, I was going to move her back a little bit so that the sun wouldn’t hit the left side of her head/hair so harshly. But K.’s enthusiasm and joy was just perfect at this moment, so I took the shot because, in my opinion, a child’s energy and expressions totally trump photographic technicalities ANY day!
- I brightened up her skin and clothes by boosting the midtones.
- I defogged the overall image
- I saturated the overall color – especially her cool purple shoes and the red ladder.
- And one last almost unimportant step – I took out a blue hue in the white wall. On the picture on the left, you can see a trace of blueish-gray on what should be a white wall. When I saturate color, this obviously becomes much more noticeable, so I desaturated the blue using a “hue/saturation” layer.
Come back tomorrow for more pics of K. and the rest of her lovey-dovey family – I will highlight their San Diego photo session.