We are thrilled to welcome back Jennifer Tonetti-Spellman for our first in a new photo editing tutorial series. Using her before and after photos, and some screenshots in between, she will demonstrate her photo editing style step by step so that we can all learn more about how to edit our images!
Before & After Photo Editing
This past weekend I held my annual Spring Minis for JellyBean Pictures. We had a mix of sun and clouds that day so white balance was a big challenge as the conditions changed and moved just as fast as this sweet little girl! My editing style is clean edits. I just love to keep an image as ‘pure’ as possible. My clean edits happen mostly in Lightroom.
Step 1- My first step was to adjust the pressing issue of white balance. Way too yellow, so I needed to add some blue.
Step 2- Next step up exposure just a bit (.25 of a stop).
Step 3- I still wasn’t happy with the exposure on her face, so I selected the brush tool and just painted on a little more brightness.
To activate the brush tool, hit the brush tool indicated by the arrow below. A drop down menu pops up. Slide up on the exposure, set your brush size and run it over the face.
You can go back and adjust the amount of exposure after you painted it on. Hit the ‘done’ button bottom right hand corner when satisfied.
Step 4- Mom pointed out a little bruise on her face she wanted removed. I selected the spot removal tool and chose ‘heal.’
This tool can be tricky at first. You select the area you want to ‘heal’ and then drag the outside circle around to ‘select’ how you want the healed area to look.
Step 5 – With all clean edits done, I sharpen (in this case I sharpened for WEB in Photoshop since I knew this was going online).
Here’s the Before and the After with clean edits:
Now it’s your turn! Join us tomorrow in our free online I Heart Faces Community for Fix-It Friday. You will have an opportunity to download Jennifer’s SOOC “Before” photo and show us your edits.
Do you enjoy photo editing? Would you like to show off your editing skills to a large community of photographers? To be considered as the featured photographer in one of our upcoming “Before & After” segments please contact I Heart Faces and we’ll send you more information as soon as possible!
Jennifer Tonetti-Spellman, owner of JellyBean Pictures is a die-hard, natural light, lifestyle photographer in New York who loves to search for the light. Like her on Facebook and follow her blog to continue being inspired by her beautiful work!