Comments / Posted by Elena Ringeisen
Recently Patricia from Petitie Life Photography asked me for some feedback on one of her recent newborn sessions in my photography business success class. The class is of course more focused on building a successful business but I do try and take the time every now and then to help those that are in the class with their post processing. After reviewing what the original image looked like I realized it would be the perfect portrait to use to demonstrate some quick and easy steps to edit a newborn portrait. Sometimes it's easy to get lost in complex edits and forget that sometimes our images just need a few little steps to complete the look. You can see that the steps I took were simple and are there to enhance the already beautiful portrait that Patricia took.
Here is the Before:
And here is the After:
Steps I took:
Curves Adjustment to brighten the image a little bit.
Clone Tool to remove wrinkles in blankets
Sharpening Details such as the eye line, hands, toes, mouth, hair. Everything I want nice and sharp gets sharpened by using the sharpening tool.
Color Balance to add some more warmth to it. I added a little bit of red and a tiny bit of yellow.
Level Adjustment to add a little more white light around the edges and bring the shadows up a little bit.
Special shortcuts I use:
Merging all layers
Making a copy of the layer
- Command+A (select all), Command+C (copy), Command+V (paste)
Making the circle bigger or smaller using the brackets
- [ ] Makes it quick to change the sizing when you are using the brush, eraser etc.
Changing opacity percentage
- Just use the numbers on the keyboard 1-0 (1=10%, 2=20%, 3-30% etc.)
Holding down Option and clicking
- This will switch you over to the eyedropper tool and is a quick way to select a new color.
- Hitting X will allow you to toggle between two colors that are selected. Super quick to switch between white and black while working on a masking layer.
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I'm Elena, a big dreamer, usually barefoot in a summer dress drinking way too much coffee. Mama of two, married to my sweetheart. For me, my business and life are bound together. Working for myself doing something I'm passionate about has given me the financial freedom to work from anywhere in the world. It made it possible for my husband to quit his job, and for us to move our little family to Maui. You see, that's my big dream. Doing what I love, spending every day with my husband & raising our two kids on an island in the middle of the pacific ocean.
I absolutely love helping other creatives. On my blog you'll find business advice, tutorials, income reports, and a look into my personal life.
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Turning dreams into reality is my specialty! I teach photographers and creatives how to build their dream business. With strategies, they can implement right away to build a striving business that has an income they can count on! This class is for photographers who are truly ready to build the business of their dreams and learn the important steps in developing a strong business, brand, and client base.