This past weekend I took my photography skills to a whole new level. I did two things: 1. bought Photoshop CS6 and 2. took DSLR beginner lessons from Shoot Fly Shoot. I was hesitant about both of these purchases since money is tight right now. However, being the resourceful person I am, I figured out that if I use my sister’s UC student ID, I can get Photoshop for 75% discount, and Shoot Fly Shoot is holding their summer sale so classes were 30% off. Both win win in my mind.
So this weekend I went out with a friend and her daughter for some shooting practice. The down side to this experience was we misguided daylight and it got dark on us too fast. But here is a little example of the shoot and me playing around with Photoshop.
Here is one picture, right out of the camera, no editing done.
Overall I thought it was a pretty good shot, that was until I started playing around with Photoshop, this program works wonders. So to start, I downloaded Pioneer Womans Photoshop actions as a starting point. I mean, opening Photoshop alone is intimidating so to have some pre-fixed actions really helps out with the exploring.
So here is the same photo as above but applied the boost + fresh and colorful actions. It really brings out the colors. I love it, except I didn’t stop there.
Here is the same photo but with warmer + boost + slight lighten. I love that this one gives her more color in her face.
And here is one with sunshine + boost + slight lighten.
I played around with a few more actions, this one is vingage at 50% opacity, which gives it that old time look.
I absolutely love Photoshop and so glad I made the investment. I have many more hours to log to explore all the possibilities Photoshop has to offer. I can’t wait.