BIRTHDAY PORTRAITS & PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS EDITING TIPS

Ella was dressed up as her favorite character, Ariel the Little Mermaid, when I decided to take her outside and do a photo shoot for her 6th birthday.

She has always loved the camera and the camera has always loved her!  I thought I got pretty good shots considering I only have a point and shoot little digital camera! 
BIRTHDAY PORTRAITS & PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS EDITING TIPS
BIRTHDAY PORTRAITS & PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS EDITING TIPS
My secret is mostly in the editing, actually!  There isn't a photo I take that I don't try to edit in one way or another.

I usually play around in Adobe Photoshop Elements and have found a few tricks to enhance my photos including using photo actions - which can be addicting, by the way!!

Now, I am in no way a professional photographer, but I'd still like to share my editing tips.  Here are a few before & after photos to show you the difference simple editing can make to enhance photos!  In most cases, it's just subtle changes that make a difference.

PHOTOGRAPHY EDITING TIPS

Before & After

BIRTHDAY PORTRAITS & PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS EDITING TIPS
BIRTHDAY PORTRAITS & PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS EDITING TIPS
  • The first thing I do is open up the photo I wish to edit into Adobe Photoshop Elements.
  • Click on Image > Adjustments > Auto Levels.  Right away you should see your photo improve.
  • Depending on the original photo, I will also play with the manual levels, too.  (Image > Adjustments > Levels) and slide the middle and far right arrow until I am happy with the results.
  • Next, I like to play with the color, so click on Image > Adjustments > Color Balance, then start moving the arrows accordingly.
  • I always do a Save As, so I have the original intact just in case.

PHOTOSHOP ACTIONS TIP

BIRTHDAY PORTRAITS & PHOTOSHOP ACTIONS TIP
                                                               


As I mentioned above, Photoshop Actions can be very addicting!  For those that aren't sure what actions are, basically, they are pre-recorded "steps" that people have made to use with Photoshop.

You just download the files and put them into your "Actions" file in Photoshop.  When you want to use them for specific photos, you simply click on the Action you would like to "play"  and watch as your photo is transformed!!

Have fun with it!!  :-)


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