It’s so nice to have my editing computer back. You have no idea how difficult it is for me to not edit daily. I have 1000 photos waiting to be edited. If you need me after the kids go to bed, you can find me glassy eyed behind this screen. While I’m slowly chipping away at editing this huge folder of personal photos, I thought I’d give you a few examples of how I edit with the upcoming AJP Workflow Action Set (coming soon) and a few things I do to clean up my photos.
I found my wedding dress while I was unpacking the last of the boxes from the move and thought it would be fun to do a little photoshoot with my daughter. I plan on using them for a rehearsal dinner if she ever decides to get married.
These were taken mid afternoon with the only light source coming from camera right. I edited all the photos with the “Soft Film Workflow” because I wanted the images to be very airy, but not too matte. I developed this specific action set to mimic the softness and warmth I love about film (specifically Portra 400… swoon), while maintaining the crisp details you get with digital.
The first thing I did was clean up her hair. She had a few hairs sticking out the back and one that looked like it was coming out of her nose. Then I ran the Soft Film Workflow and was done. This was a 2 minute edit.
I did pretty much the same thing with the following photo except I also liquified her hair. Her head was looking a little flat on the back. Totally not necessary, but I like the volume and balance it gives to her hair. Another 2 minute edit.
This photo took a little more time than the others. I cleaned up any stray hairs I thought were distracting, gave her bun more volume and dodged her scalp. I ran the Soft Film Workflow and was done. This photo took me about 5 minutes to edit.
I try to get it right in camera to save myself tons of time editing. I always adjust my exposure and set my white balance first and then I take a quick snap shot so I can check my histogram. Since this quick little session had a lot of light colors, I made sure that my whites stopped just before clipping. I did have a little bit of clipping after editing, but the number of pixels that were clipped were small. I double checked where the blown out pixels were to make sure I was comfortable losing detail in those areas. They were super small areas, so I was okay with it.
If you have any other questions about how I edited these photos, let me know! I love talking about photography and sharing.