14 October 2010

Everyday Workflow



I almost never upload photos straight out of camera. I usually have a simple process I go through with my everyday photos to get them 'web ready'.

{ *Note* When I first started out, I would edit every little thing individually, which is great and everything, but super time consuming. }

So... I started making my own actions, and using other's as well.

Here is what my everyday work flow looks like.

I start by opening the straight out of camera shot in Photoshop CS4.

This is exactly what I would do to the photo:
  1. I ran Florabella's Sharpen/Defog action. This REALLY helps to take the "foggy" look out of the photo, and sharpens it all at the same time (hence, the name of the action). This action allows me to adjust the opacity of the layer to taste.
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  2. I use the curves to adjust the brightness/contrast of the photo. Tweaking the curves a bit really helps to bring him forward and helps the image look more 3 dimensional.
  3. Next, I used another one of Florabella's actions, called "Gypsy". This action tends to warm up my images. I absolutely love it
    Within the action panel, I adjusted all of the layers to my liking. I added more vignette and since there was plenty of light on his face, I took out the center fill light.
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  4. Lastly, I run my simple web resize action to get it ready for my blog.
And that's it! This would be what I call my "clean edit"
You will notice that with this workflow, I didn't have to do anything specifically to the eyes to make them pop. It just sort of happened within the process.

This is what I do (sometimes the actions vary) every day, to every photo that I upload and share.

Here is a side by side comparison of my SOOC and my clean edit.

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20 comments:

Jhen.Stark said...

Love that you did this and that you do this! I felt I've learned so much for my photography through the blog world {most of it from you ;0)}

I like that you mentioned that you open your sooc in CS4 before you upload them to your comp. Ever since I started using RAW and ACR {which I learned from you} I've been doing that first. It's helped keep my photo library smaller instead of have 50 billion of he same photo in my picture album.

[ker-AND-uh] said...

all of this is so interesting!!! i really want to get a decent camera and start shooting in RAW and get more into photoediting and stuff like that. i always try with my dslr but it just doesn't work out. :( but thanks for posting this!

Chelsey - The Paper Mama said...

I LOVED your tips post! And, this post is very helpful too. :)

Karly said...

As a beginner in the photo world, I really appreciate your post! I feel just a little bit smarter about what I can do now, thanks!

The Wishful Lamb said...

wwo awesome job hun! I love how natural it looks. I am do almost the same, except I use lightroom3 and pspx2 ultimate

Sarah Halstead said...

I like this. Great clean edit.

Brittany said...

such great tips! You are so fabulous!

Courtney K. said...

Great tutorial. I need better workflow management. Editing takes up so much of my time...there has to be a better way! LOL

The Adventures of a Blondie Mommie said...

Thanks so much for the fantastic tips! I love your pictures so much and this post was SO helpful for beginners like me!!

TOLIVER FAMILY said...

thanks for sharing!!! love the pop.

carlotta said...

Loved this edit! It was already stunning SOOC, but wow, did you really make it pop afterwards. Wonderful job.

Greta: From Transparencies of Motherhood said...

Oh my goodness, I need you to edit all of my pictures. I love the tips! I've gotten better at taking pictures lately, but don't have a clue how to edit them so they look so fresh. I'm really going to like being a new follower :) ...so much to learn!

Nikki said...

Shhhh! Don't tell all your secrets ;) No really, I appreciate this and am going to have to go back through it with a fine tooth comb.

Naomi said...

Beautiful photo! Thanks for the tips and links too--I am now following mommyhood memos!

libby said...

i use those exact action sets!! love them!! and what a great post you did on paper heart camera. i definitely want to read it again tonight more closely! thanks so much for all your tips. you are so inspiring!

jill said...

awesome posts! now i just need to learn to use my camera when its not on auto and get photoshop! :)

Karli said...

I LOVE these kinds of posts! YAY! Thank you so much for sharing your workflow. I love your pics...they have a very special quality, and it's so cool that you're willing to share your process. Thank you! I just got my first Florabella set... Spring Set 1 (I think that's the name)...wonder if I should consider others? The luxe actions look amazing!

Anne U said...

Thanks for the advice, I need all the help I can get. All this editing stuff is still pretty new to me. Great posts.

Lauren said...

Thanks Mandy I am always interested in how other people edit their photos. I have a ton of florabella and Pioneer Woman actions and I just get so over whelmed. I should just do what you do and hit up the same things every time because I love that all your pictures flow. SO now I have a question for you.. I have been using my dslr on AV mode but I get blurry pictures a lot of the time if its not blasted with natural sunlight. There a lot of times I just cant win. Like if we go somewhere inside with not a lot of light forget about it I cant get a clear shot. I dont know what settings to use on my camera. you can email me if thats easier I know you have great advice, your pics are amazing.
laurenmariealberts@gmail.com

AmyLee said...

great post! i don't have any florabella actions so i'll have to check them out. i live & die by PW's actions though :)