It was one of the last shots we took that afternoon, deliberately taking it with the sun behind her, resulting in a great back light on her hair, and an over all haze in the image. I've never been a huge fan of hazy images, so my job was to knock that back while keeping the wonderful late autumn afternoon glow.
First image: this is straight out of the camera (SOOC):
|SOOC, image taken on my D40, with the 50mm f1.8 lens at 400 ISO|
First glance at that, and I say UGH! But wait! I knew that was what I was going to get, as I want the bright flare and the glow through her hair. I woulda/coulda popped up the flash, but I had left the diffuser on the kitchen table, and without that, I wasn't going to use the flash. So, my first step was to do the basic skin/eye edits. I like CoffeeShop Blog's actions for these, and have just started getting comfortable with the newest update:
|CoffeeShop Blog's Perfect Portrait 3 action|
Well, that's a start. Next I just wanted to pop the colors a bit:
|CoffeeShop Blog's Little Perk action|
If I was in a hurry, I'd be happy with that, and stop there. But when I was working on this image the other night, I wanted something extra. Next, I tried an action I've used before to warm up the image even a bit more. I like the Hot Cocoa action, as it can add some warmth without adding to much red:
|CoffeeShop Blog's Hot Cocoa action|
However, for this photograph, the action started out to dark, and I couldn't get it to a point I was happy with. Next, I went for a black and white image. I tried a new action set I just downloaded from Isabelle Lafrance Photography. I think I have a new favorite BW action:
|Isabella Lafrance Photography, BW Spice action|
|Jessica Drossin's Autumn texture, free fan version|
So there you have it, my thought processes for that evening of edits.
Many thanks to Rita at CoffeeShop Blog. These images were all processed with her Rounded Corners web-resizing action. It's the little tricks like those that can save a working mom a ton of time.