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Joined: 11/24/08
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my workflow

since a few ppl have asked... Smile

ok pretty underexposed because i didnt wanna blow his white shirt - it was overcast-ish but really bright out. i did go a little too far underexposing it - but luckily i shot at 200 iso so i could bring it up as much as i needed to with no noise issues. i'd originally not PP'd this image because it bugged me that his hair was OOF, but i like his face so i'm using it for this example. Smile i'm dangerous.

Camera: Nikon D70s
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1600)
Aperture: f/1.8
Focal Length: 50 mm
Exposure: 0.00
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: +1/3 EV
Flash: No Flash

so then in acr i fixed the exposure, i adjusted the white balance via using the eye dropper tool on the whites of his eyes and then cooling it down a tad because kids eyes are sometimes a tiny bit blueish. i upped the shadows, saturation & contrast a TINY bit.

so then i open up in photoshop. i did pop the eyes in this one a bit (which i dont normally do) because i wanted to show the difference. i overdid the eyes a little. thats usually what happens when you pop the eyes. Smile i popped via a little dodging and an USM. if i had the time or energy i would go back and un pop - but i dont so you'll have to deal. Smile i also ran portraiture, which i dont always do. but i did just for the sake of showing you what it looks like when i run it. and i added a vignette. the one i use is a nichole van action.

then i ran my vintage action to give it a little more "me", but i turned it waaaay down. and i sharpened for web.

here's the end result.

i dont claim to have the perfect workflow, but i wanted to share anyway... since you asked. Smile hth

Joined: 03/16/15
Posts: 53852

Thanks Katie! This was a great help to see!

Joined: 03/15/09
Posts: 576

Wow, what a difference. Thanks so much for sharing your workflow!!

I do have a dumb question...what is acr? Is it another photoshop-like tool? Why do you use 2 separate tools to PP? Thanks!

coolmama72's picture
Joined: 10/20/01
Posts: 8185

thanks, it's great to see how you do what you do. Wink

that kid has great eyes. I'm still sad that Jordan's eyes changed from blue at 14 months. Sad (of course, she has awesome hazel eyes now)

Joined: 03/16/15
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Thanks Katie! Very helpful

Bumbo Babies's picture
Joined: 04/03/09
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Its always super helpful to see other people's workflow. Thanks again, Katie!

becoming-mom's picture
Joined: 02/11/09
Posts: 169

Thanks for sharing!

mlark1128's picture
Joined: 05/09/07
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That's great, thanks for sharing!!

kris10gal's picture
Joined: 11/02/07
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Thank you!

La123's picture
Joined: 04/11/08
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This is gold! I love to see other people's workflows, very interesting. Thanks:D