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How To Edit Outdoor Newborn Images With Newborn Necessities

How To Edit Outdoor Newborn Images With Newborn Necessities

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Don’t pull your hair out when editing newborn photos.  Here’s some easy steps you can take to process your photos with ease.

I love this time of year since I can take my newborns outdoors for part of their portrait session. There are so many ways to edit images and so many different styles. I LOVE MCP’s Newborn Necessities Photoshop actions especially when editing outdoor images since you can really tweak the images to get the “look” you want. In the image below I really want a soft airy feel. It was shot on a cloudy day with my Canon 5dMII, 50 mm f/1.4 lens. I took this image with the following settings: ISO 100, f/1.8, 1/5000. It was shot in RAW.

Here is the image SOOC (straight out of camera):

I really wanted to soften up the colors and give it an airy feel. Here is the end result:

Here is the step-by-step edit:

Though it looks like a lot of steps, it only takes a minute or two per image. Editing with MCP Newborn Necessities cuts my editing time in half.

1. Cleaned up the skin with the spot healing tool

2. Ran Increase Exposure Action, turned down to 10% opacity

3. Ran Twinkle, Twinkle Action and decreased the opacity to 35%

4. Ran Keepsakes Action and turned down the opacity to 30%

5. Ran Brighten the Midtones and decreased the opacity to 10%

6. Ran Quiet the Highlights and decreased the opacity to 8%

7. Ran Crying For Contrast and decreased the opacity to 20%

8. Ran Hush the Jaundice and decreased the opacity to 25%

9. Ran Hush the Reds and decreased the opacity to 8%

10. Ran Sharpen Eyelashes and painted on the eyelashes at 100%

11. Ran Natural Vignette and decreased the opacity to 30%

This article was written exclusively for MCP Actions by Tracy of Memories by TLC.  Tracy Callahan is a fine art portrait studio specializing in newborns, young children and maternity portraits.  Website | Facebook. Tracy edits her newborn images with MCP Newborn Necessities Photoshop actions.


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  1. Tracy
    July 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm —

    Thanks for this great tutorial! The actions look beautiful! Question: Do you retouch all of your images before showing to the client? I heard a wedding photographer recently say that they don’t retouch until the client is paying for the time. I understand that business-wise, but don’t know if you’ll get the same emotional response from the client without the retouching. Care to share your thoughts? Thanks.

  2. Stephanie Donelson
    July 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm —

    Thank you for this and for all of your tips and tutorials! Much appreciated!

  3. Jean
    July 7, 2012 at 11:34 pm —


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How To Edit Outdoor Newborn Images With Newborn Necessities