I love seeing how the exact same image can look completely different depending on the vision of the photographer or photo editor. We have a special feature on the MCP Facebook Group called #mcpmyphoto. By tagging your photo this way, you give permission for other photographers to edit the photo using MCP Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, and textures. You can join us and add your image after reading the group rules.
It is fun to see the different editing styles, and it’s also a helpful training tool for photographers to learn how to get different looks in Photoshop and Lightroom.
In this beautiful image by Linda Fisher Ypulong, four photographers demonstrated how they fixed the exposure and then took the image to a whole new level. Each used different actions and presets and had lovely results.
Linda’s camera settings: Nikon D610 – 50mm 1/320s f2.8 ISO 100
Here’s the original image – straight out of the camera.
MCP My Photo Version 1: Edited by Nikki Baldwin
Steps: “I started with adjustments in ACR, a brush and then overall adjustments. Then I brought it into PS and manually did some dodging and burning to draw more attention to her face, hair, clothes.
Then I ran Photoshop actions from the Inspire set. I will show my steps and layers/actions used in some screen shots.”
And the results:
MCP My Photo Version 2: Edited by Amy Bellair Anderson
- MCP Illuminate Golden Sunstream Lightroom preset
- MCP Infusion Lightroom presets: Define 2, Heartwarming 2,
- MCP Fusion actions: one click color, urban revival, and surrounded
- Manually adjusted the noise and blue luminance
MCP My Photo Version 3: Edited by Erin Niehenke
- Adjusted exposure in ACR first.
- In Photoshop, adjusted Levels for the sky, background, and subject.
- Then used the following actions from MCP Inspire: Bittersweet and Mult-Matte (dark, intense, and warm).
- Then used a brown-to-transparent gradient layer set to soft light, and masked mostly off the sky.
- Cropped to finish.
MCP My Photo Version 4: Edited by Lauralynn Hook
- Manual adjustments to brighten the shadows, exposure, and enhance the blacks on the raw file.
- Then brought into Photoshop CS6 and added a gradient to the sky and did some dodging and burning to and around her.
- Then used MCP Autumn Equinox (fall foliage, burnt firewood, pumpkin patch, Autumn Skies, and Dark Cherry Vignette)
- Lastly used the MCP Newborn Necessities actions (In the Spotlight, Under the Blanket, Crying for Contrast, Pick Me Up, Cake Smash, and Print Sharpie)
See more edits, including Linda’s (the photographer of this beautiful image) or share your version of this — visit this link once you join our Facebook group so you can download the raw file and play.