I Want Action{s}! Post Processing Love

I’ve received quite a few messages regarding settings and post processing on some of the recent fall images I’ve posted, so I decided to post a couple before and after images taken of my daughter and hopefully answer everyone at the same time 🙂

First and foremost, I cannot take credit for the setting.  The lighting was good (not bad and not great) and the leaves were bright, bold and beautiful.  If you don’t have good lighting, you won’t have a good image.  If you have good lighting with a bad setting, it’s not easy to get a good image.  Good lighting + good setting = good chance of a good image.

before and after post processing from Pictured Moments By April with the jazzy peony action sets

With that being said, I tend to underexpose a tad when I shoot to avoid blowing my highlights, which you will notice in my before images.  I shoot in RAW, and these two were both with a 35mm at 2.0, ISO 400, and SS 1/200.  I pull the images up in ACR (or lightroom) and I adjust the exposure there just to keep my colors in check and not overexposed.  Any other technical edits usually happen at that stage as well.

Before and After, post processing by Pictured Moments by April with The Jazzy Peony Action Sets

Next, I load the images in Photoshop and begin the artistic side of enhancements.  Here’s my secret – are you ready?  It’s called The Jazzy Peony Prop Shop!  Randi Jasmine’s action sets are AAAA-MAZ-ING!  I edit almost entirely with her actions on all of my images and have yet to be disappointed.  While this may seem like a shameless plug for my dear friend Jasmine, {and it is}, it’s also the TRUTH!  So that’s it folks – that’s what’s in my magic hat.  Head over to her Facebook Fanpage and give her some love – like the page, tell her I sent you!  If you want to take the plunge and give her actions a try, you can find them available for purchase HERE too.  I promise that you will thank me (and definitely her) fairly quickly.

If you happen to take my advice, I would LOVE to see some before and after images from you too!  You can post them to my  Pictured Moments Facebook Fanpage or email them to me at april@picturedmomentsbyapril.com if you don’t mind me sharing them.  Thanks so much and good luck!

Pictured Moments By April  Newborn Baby Photographer Fort Campbell, KY Clarksville, TN and Nashville, TN

August 8, 2016 - 11:41 pm

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