I’ve been asked several times, “what actions do you use for your pictures?” I usually tell them but I always feel so weird because I paid good money for those actions because I’m a professional and its part of my job to invest in awesome stuff for my business. If I wasn’t doing this to make money there is no way I’d fork out hundreds of dollars to purchase actions to edit my photos. No way! Maybe as a surprise christmas present from the hubs? But, really, I wouldn’t. I always tell people, it’s what you do WITH your camera that is most important.
Actions are SO fun but when it comes down to it, my own personal pictures ( unless being printed and hung on my wall) go through a simple process that result in genuine reflections of the moment we were in. That’s it.
First, I have a photoshop/lightroom subscription. You can check it out here. BUT, if you aren’t making money off of this, I’d suggest purchasing photoshop elements here. It’s affordable and very easy to use. It’s perfect for the mama photographer who just wants to capture every day moments with out having to hire me for every moment of her families’ life.
Second, like I said, and I cannot emphasize this enough: It’s what you learn about your camera and how to use it that is the most important about capturing your everyday.
So, here I go! Don’t worry, this is SUPER simple!
SOOC means, Straight Out Of Camera. This image is as close as I could come to perfect exposure as I could muster at 6:30 am traveling back from Utah without my hubby. I’d say, it’s pretty dead on. BUT, I needs a little something to make the colors pop.
This image is edited only with adjustments in contrast and brightness. Just a little. I sharpened just a little as well. I always try to sharpen my images just a little ( not too much or it looks crazy), but just enough to emphasize elements of the image.
If I’m posting on my personal blog and I really don’t have time for crazy editing because I just want to share my life with my family and friends, this, my friends, is what I do. Period. Unless I messed up really badly with the exposure ( which by this point would be a surprise but still happens sometimes) I don’t do anything more.
See the difference? it’s subtle, but it makes the biggest difference. It’s no longer muddy.. It’s vibrant and it pops!
Photoshop was meant to enhance your images, not to save them!
this help you? I hope it did. I LOVE sharing my knowledge for photography. Photography is my way of creating and being the best person I can be. I’d love to share more with you too! If you want to learn more about photography basics, feel free to email me at email@example.com OR go to the CONTACT section on this blog.