Before & Afters

Before and Afters are always fun to see and to do. 🙂   And since I’m well overdue to blog, here it is.

I do a lot of my cropping and angles in post processing.  Not sure why, I just do.

I got my professional camera the day before this shoot.  This was my first time out playing with it.  The original is terribly underexposed.  I would like my backlit shots to be somewhat underexposed so I don’t lose that detail in the bright hightlights but this one seems a bit much.  But Lightroom and Photoshop to the rescue!   It’s amazing what shooting RAW is capable of.

Just a simple brighten and color correct.  I added a little bit of cross processing to manipulate the tones.

Just a simple color correct and skin softening and a little dodging (lightening) and burning (darkening).

The nice thing about shooting your sisters is I get to post before and afters of them 😉

Before & Afters

I love seeing before and afters.  It’s fun to see what others do with their pictures and it’s fun to see what they capture out of the camera. 

I enjoy editing.  I love having a new set to work on and since I don’t have any to work on right now I pulled up some new ones of Molly. 

The more I learn Lightroom the more I love it and the less I depend on Photoshop.  The first two are Lightroom only edits.  The last two had a little additional editing in Photoshop.  I tend to prefer Photoshop for hazy or backlit photos. 

The left is straight out of the camera.  It’s pretty hazy because the sun was really bright.   You can prevent some of this haze by putting your lens in the shade.  I think I was only blocking it with my hand and lens hood.  I actually don’t mind some haze in sunny pictures but I edited it all out by pulling up the contrast and decreasing the exposure and then just brightening where I needed it.

The left is not completely SOOC.  I brought down the exposure a bit first.  I actually blew out her white shirt.  I tend to overexpose just about everything.  Sometimes intentionally because it preserves more detail in the shadows that way.  Obviously I went too far on this one.  Just some basic fixes in Lightroom on this final. 

The left on this one is SOOC.  I should have underexposed it even a little more to prevent her hair from blowing out.  Backlit photos is one of the biggest reasons I shoot RAW.  It’s easy to pull up the exposure in the rest of the photo without losing any detail. 

Again there is a lot of haze in this backlit photo.  I should have stepped into the shade and knew I would regret it when I went to edit them.  I blocked the sun the best I could but keeping my lens in the shade would have almost completely eliminated the haze. 

So there you have it.  I tend to keep my editing pretty simple.  I like a clean, bright and colorful final.  I’ll post some more before and afters over the slow months. 

Kaitlin (my other pretend senior) Part 1

I took Kaitlin out yesterday afternoon to take my new camera for a spin.  It was a bit windy and mid afternoon but I’m impressed with how the new camera handles the bright highlights.  I was able to still recover all my highlights so nothing is blown out. 

These are the non photoshopped versions.  Straight out of Lightroom using a fun new preset I downloaded recently.  (Have I mentioned lately how much I love

Thanks Keeks!

My little dude

stood still long enough for me to take a few shots the other day.  These are pretty much straight out of the camera.  Just did a few adjustments to white balance in Lightroom.

Figuring out lightroom

Love it when another piece of the Lightroom puzzle comes together.  I wasn’t liking how my Raw files were looking until I finally figured out tonight that the default had way too much contrast for my liking.  The more I learn of this program the more I am amazed.  Used a free preset on the photo below.  I love when I don’t have to bring images into Photoshop like the one below.  Lightroom resized and put my watermark on it for me.

More Molly with a vintage vibe

I was playing around with some new presets I downloaded for Lightroom.  Gave these a bit of a vintage vibe.  I’m really loving this black and white conversion.   I’ll have Molly’s complete session in my usual editing style later this week.