I’ve been asked a few times to teach here and there…especially in the world of photoshopNow I am by NO means a PS guru, but I do know my way around pretty well. I love the post processing of images so I wanted to start this new little project out with a basic photo edit. For the most part, I’ve always been a ‘less is more’ kinda girl. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t gone through those stages where I edit the tar out of a photo only to look at it the a few months down the road and have to get up and walk away from the computer.But we all learn from our mistakes, right?!
Anyways…here is my first before & after! The MOST IMPORTANT aspect to a good photo is to have good exposure right from the start. Don’t ever take a photo and chimp at your LCD and say to yourself “I can fix that in Photoshop!” Not good, not good at all!
This is a gorgeous senior from Denver that I photographed while I was working with the awesome awesome Andrea Janke. Now, I like the photo, she is a tad under-exposed but not much at all. Here are the steps I took to take it from the before to the after
I bumped the exposure using a curves layer-eyeballing it until I liked the exposure of her skin, then masked back in the sky/building/car/street. Don’t know what masking is? Go here to see a tutorial.
Next I increased the contrast to +50 (which is more then I usually do, but this photo was pretty flat from the sun still being so high in the sky). This time masking out the senior’s skin.
Then I duplicated the layer and changed the blending mode to ‘multiply’ …again, masking out the senior. This helped darken the background to bring out more detail in the sky & buildings.
Lastly, I adjusted the yellows to -8 in the color balance palette.
Pretty easy, right? That is only 4 steps total and you have a nice clean & crisp edit.
This was shot with my 5d MarkII w/ an 85mm 1.8 lens. Shot in manual at SS: 1/3200, f/2.5, ISO 250.
edited to add: I’d love some feedback! Leave me a commentAnything specific you want me to touch on in the future?