Editing Series – Photoshop Secrets

It’s no secret that I am a HUGE proponent of getting it right in camera – per my instruction books HERE and HERE.

While I’m a strong believer that a well-exposed and well-composed image does not need editing or retouching through PhotoShop or Lightroom, there is no doubt, that popping an image for enhancement purposes is definitely a great thing.

For instance, here is a before and after of basic PhotoShop retouching that I do on all of my images.

before

belair newborn photographer

By the way – Newborn PhotoShop Actions are now available HERE.

However, there is a time and a place to add a little fantasy once in a while, and I want to do a series, sharing my PhotoShop Secrets and PhotoShop Actions here and there.

Here is one that is fairly drastic that I recently shared.  This was a rework.  I was looking through some work and decided that I could have fun with this.

composite photoshop

Another more drastic….

Before

BEFORE PHOTOSHOP

AfterPHOTOSHOP AFTER

Believe it or not, this is not hard to accomplish.  If you know how to work on PhotoShop layers, that is all this is.  It’s very simplistic.  I’m going to do some videos to break it down.

No, I do not do this to every image from every session, but once in a while, I like to enhance in this way.  I could have shot this closer up, cutting out the ugly background or I could have shot at a different angle – however, the light was simply beautiful in this direction and I wanted to do something with the bridge.  This “Fantasy Edit” softens up the harshness of the background.  I also have a toning that leans toward magenta.

More soon…..

and pssst…. I’m working in all JPEG.  *GASP*  I just laugh at those who want to scorn me for using JPEG – at least I don’t have to upgrade my computer every year from lack of space to store all the images and using heavy editing software.  Business is about being quick and efficient…. and being an artist is about seeing and envisioning and doing….

Can I shoot in RAW and do I shoot in RAW?  Sure…. but I don’t have to… and that’s the beauty of it.

About Jodie Otte

Maryland Newborn Photographer and Child Portrait Artist, Jodie Holstein-Otte, specializes in unique photography of newborn babies, kids, and families. She works on location in Harford, Howard, Cecil, Anne Arundel, Baltimore and other areas throughout Maryland. She uses both both natural lighting and soft studio lighting techniques.