Editing an Off Camera Flash Photograph in Photoshop is EASY!

Free Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets by MCP™

Editing an Off Camera Flash Photograph in Photoshop is EASY!

This week’s Blueprint uses no actions and barely any editing.  Why? Because of the advantages of off camera flash photography is less editing.  YAY! Ainslie Bernoth, who is doing a Free flash photography six part series, which is 1/2 way through, sent me this image – her before and after with steps.

Ainslie started by viewing her Raw image in a thumbnail viewer rather than Bridge. She only shoot around 80 images per session and she rarely batch edits.

Her settings for this photo were:

ISO 100

Shutter Speed of 1/160

Aperture of f/4.5

Lens used: 70-200mm

Trigger for flash: pocket wizards

She then pick the image she wanted to process in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) and clicked open.

  • She brought up the blacks to + 9, which added contrast.
  • She adjusted the brightness up to +63.
  • Then she brought it into Photoshop to clone out the pole behind standing boy, and the base of the trees/grass to stop distractions of the background.
  • She also cloned light stand leg and cropped out light stand.
  • Lastly she ran Portraiture by Imagenomic at the default opacity.

So as you can see – minus the cloning, which just takes a minute or two, this edit was super fast.

Here is the before:off camera flash straight out of camera

And here is the after:

off camera flash edited in photoshop

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  1. October 7, 2010 at 10:35 am —

    Thank you..really informative!!

  2. October 3, 2010 at 8:19 pm —

    Great image. Having the darker background helps your subject to pop. Shooting a young family is tough. Great image.

  3. Allie
    October 1, 2010 at 3:15 pm —

    Just trying to get a better grip on the flash settings– I know she mentioned that she sets her flash on manual, is there a way to post her flash settings as well as the camera settings? I love this series– very enlightening (har!)

  4. October 1, 2010 at 11:18 am —

    Ver nice family image. I think I would have slowed the shutter speed a bit, though, so the background wasn’t so dark. But, perhaps that’s the look she was looking for?

  5. October 1, 2010 at 9:33 am —

    And -that- is the main reason I love flash. So very much less time spent in processing!

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Editing an Off Camera Flash Photograph in Photoshop is EASY!