Use Photoshop Actions to Add a Touch of Beautiful Lighting
Some photos may have a correct exposure but may benefit from selectively lightening or darkening parts of the image to draw attention in a specific direction. In this photo taken of Jenna by a tree, you can see beautiful light coming through her hair. The subject back-lit. I over exposed what the in camera meter was telling me so that I could achieve decent exposure. Once in Photoshop, my eye was still more drawn to the bright background. I wanted Jenna to be the primary focus.
To edit this image and achieve this:
- I started by using Color Burst from the Complete Workflow Photoshop action set. I used the paint on pop layer but reduced opacity to 40%. All other layers of this action ere left at the default numbers. This action added extra color, contrast and sharpness to the image.
- Jenna’s face still was a bit darker than I wanted. Next I used the free Photoshop action, Touch of Light/Touch of Darkness. I used the brush tool at 30% and painted on her face and hands with the “Touch of Light” layer selected. Then I switched to the “Touch of Darkness” layer and used the same 30% opacity brush to darken the edges, tree and background. This helps the viewer focus on the girl, Jenna, instead of the background.
- Lastly, I wanted to see what the picture would look like in black and white. I used Vanilla Ice Cream black and white Photoshop action from the Quickie Collection. Though I like it in black and white, I definitely prefer the color for this image. Though the black and white conversion is more timeless, the color just tells a more accurate story of the day heading out to the pumpkin patch.
Which do you like better – color or black and white for this shot? Tell us in the comment section below.