Thursday, March 17, 2011

Good to Wow: Yellow Edition, Edited

I didn't do a whole lot to my pictures this week. Mainly just RAW adjustments to exposure and white balance. I shot all of my photos in Hershey on Auto mode because I was afraid I would miss something fiddling with settings. My Auto WB tends to be a little on the cool side, and the exposure a little low. So I had to warm up each photo as well as increase the exposure. That said, here we go:

BEFORE:
SOOC - Audrey


AFTER:
Audrey

After RAW exposure and white balance adjustment, cropped and then brightened her eyes.

BEFORE:
SOOC - hats


AFTER:
Hats

Basic RAW adjustments, slight crop to make it symmetrical, and high filter pass set to overlay blend mode.

BEFORE:
I had two shots of the kids at the candy machine:
SOOC diptych

I like the shot on the right best because, even though it has the pesky shadow cast by the store shelf (had I noticed it, I could have changed my position!), a crop can get rid of it easier than on the photo on the left. The problem with the right photo, however, is that it is sans candy pail. So I took a shot I had of just the empty candy bucket, selected the bucket, and copied it into the better picture.

AFTER:
Practicing - Filling the Bucket

Then the crop and basic RAW adjustments.

BEFORE:
SOOC - Audrey 1


AFTER:
Audrey 1

First I cropped it. Then RAW adjustment followed by high pass filter set to soft light blending mode at 30% opacity. I thought about trying to clone out legs in background, but I really don't have the time, plus those legs belong to my other daughter as opposed to a stranger, so I'm perfectly fine with them remaining there.

BEFORE:
SOOC - Audrey & Matthew


AFTER:
Audrey & Matthew

Just did a RAW adjustment and slight crop.

23 comments:

melissa said...

I love all of your edits. Perfect!!! xo

Halie said...

Lovely times captured lovingly and beautifully. The edits just made them stand out more.

Tara said...

Great edits, they are perfect.

Jill Samter Photography said...

good to WOW! all of them!

Ashley Sisk said...

You've seriously done an incredible job with each of these edits!

Allison Hoffman said...

all of your edits are wonderful!

CrossView said...

Yellow hard hats! Perfect for "yellow"! LOL!

Love your shots. And the one of the Princess? Adorable!

Susan said...

Nicely done! I love the cropping and how you've emphasized the gorgeous brown eyes in the first edit.

Winn (aka Koreen) said...

I love how everything pops and is so clear and rich. Love it!

Winn (aka Koreen) said...

I love how everything pops and is so clear and rich. Love it!

Kristy said...

Cute yellow edit!

Courtney said...

Great job! Love the first one of your daughter. Her eyes are gorgeous!

Jimi Ann said...

What a difference the edits make! I love the way it makes your daughter's brown eyes shine...so beautiful.

Cedar said...

Great edits! They truly make the pictures terrific pictures of a fun day! Good job!

Rosie@leavesnbloom said...

Seriously good edits - you brought out the best in each one of them - great work.

Queen Wifey said...

great photos and edits. looks like you all had a fun day.

Amy @ Cheeky Cocoa Beans said...

Great job! I especially LOVE the edits to the first shot of your little princess. :)

Michelle said...

Kathleen -- you my dear are rocking your edits! I love how you took the extra step to put the candy bucket where it belonged - and then how you were ok with the "extra" legs hanging around!

You really brightened and livened these up -- awesome!

Brownie said...

Oh! Beautiful! Beautiful! I especially like the second one - gorgeous eyes!


(I'm so far behind....)

julie said...

What perfect edits! :)

jillconyers said...

Wonderful edits all around. Great crop on the first shot.

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

These are all great, Kathleen! I really love the one of the whole gang. So fun!

Sarah Halstead said...

Great edits. So clean and crisp.