Blueprint: Senior Girl in the Fall on the Tracks {Fan Share}

This Blueprint was sent in by April Kuhlmann of Once In Every Life Photography.

She wrote:

“Fall is gorgeous here in Alabama right now!  I took this shot last week late afternoon, out on a rural railroad track while during a Senior Portrait session. A reflector was used in this shot too for light bounce. As you can see Canon images can be (in my opinion) dull- these photoshop actions are perfect for editing!  Image was shot with the Canon 5d Mark II and the 70-200 USM IS. F/5, ISO500, 1/500.

I made only a slight temperature adjustment in raw.

  • I started with the Bag of Tricks’ Magical Color Finder Vivid brush (over the whole image except skin). Brush opacity was set to 65% and layer opacity increased to 85%
  • Second I went in with Bag of Tricks’ Magic Dark on the trees and other areas to increase the dynamics a bit.  Painted with 50% brush, changed layer opacity to 80%
  • Minor exposure and gamma correction and Bag of Tricks’ Magic light for a bit of lightening on the skin
  • Used Eye Doctor on the eyes
  • Then I ran Bag of Tricks’ Magical Color Finder Vivid Brush with the same settings as above except opacity at 20%, used this on the track leaves and the oranges on the trees in the background
  • Again ran Magic dark once more to for some additional popping on the train tracks/railroad ties at 25% opacity
  • Lastly midtone lifter at 17%

VOILA! Hope you like it!

Jodi- I LOVE THESE ACTIONS!  I am addicted in the best possible way! Thanks again for all you do!”


Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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    Wow! The before is beautiful but the after really made the image warm and Fall-like. Beautiful edit and a great example, I think, of how Actions can take a good photo and take it up a notch!

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    i am in amazement of your edits…and how great they always look! ok, so i am not wanting to post up the big bucks for PS and trying to get a few good looks at PSE8 with a trial version…but i just don’t see that i can do all the goodies. your edits and tricks work mostly on PS, right? not PSE??

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    auntieH says

    I have to laugh when I see your title Senior; always think it will be a person over 65!
    I’ve learned so much from you; looking forward to more video tutorials.
    note to Danyelle…I have PSE7, there is a way to run actions in PSE but it seems complicated. If someone very kind (pleeeze Jodi!) would break down some actions for us we can get similar effects by doing the steps ourselves.


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