Editing Autumn Portraits for Beautiful Fall Colors


Autumn is the busiest time of year for many photographers so having a consistent workflow is important. I used this editing recipe on all of my outdoor fall portrait sessions.  Give it a try and see how it works for you!

In the screenshots below, you can see how I used used the actions and adjusted the layers to taste by using the masks and lowing the opacities.  Anytime you run a action you should adjust the layer opacity and use the mask to paint off the effect in areas you don’t want.  If you don’t know how to use layer masks check out this MCP post. I do a lot of selective editing, so using layer masks is a big part of my workflow.

MCP Inspire:  Brilliant Base, Sun-Drenched, Epic, Multi-Matte, Light Painting, Classic Vignette and Shallow DOF.

Hand Edits:  Went into quick mask mode to do selective editing and adjusted the selected areas based on the histogram in the levels layer, hue/sat to reduce red in the orange flower and overall levels layer. 

Fall Portrait Workflow Using MCP Inspire Action Set

Fall Portrait Workflow Using MCP Inspire Action Set

Fall Portrait Workflow Using MCP Inspire Action Set

Amanda Johnson, the photographer of this image and guest writer of this blog post, is the owner of Amanda Johnson Photography out of Knoxville, TN.  She’s a full time photographer and mentor that specializes in Baby’s First Year, children and family portraits.  To see more of her work, check out her website and like her on Facebook Page.


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    Jeanette says

    I LOVE LOVE this post. I am a visual learner and all the details in the workflow screen shots are amazing, thank you!!!

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    JulieWorthy says

    Where is: EVERYTHING : Adjust Opacity?
    Just can’t find it in the action set. And excellent edit!!!

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