MCP My Photo: How 4 Photographers Edit the Same Image

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MCP My Photo: How 4 Photographers Edit the Same Image

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.

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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.

Linda Fisher Ypulong original

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/product-category/photoshop-actions/ used in some screen shots.”
edits-using-photoshop-actions

 

And the results:

 

linda fisher edit Nikki Baldwin

MCP My Photo Version 2: Edited by Amy Bellair Anderson

Steps:

  1. MCP Illuminate Golden Sunstream Lightroom preset
  2. MCP Infusion Lightroom presets: Define 2, Heartwarming 2,
  3. MCP Fusion actions: one click color, urban revival, and surrounded
  4. Manually adjusted the noise and blue luminance

 

linda fisher edit amy bellair anderson

MCP My Photo Version 3: Edited by Erin Niehenke

Steps:

  1. Adjusted exposure in ACR first.
  2. In Photoshop, adjusted Levels for the sky, background, and subject.
  3. Then used the following actions from MCP Inspire: Bittersweet and Mult-Matte (dark, intense, and warm).
  4. Then used a brown-to-transparent gradient layer set to soft light, and masked mostly off the sky.
  5. Cropped to finish.

linda fisher edit erin niehenke
MCP My Photo Version 4: Edited by Lauralynn Hook

Steps:

  1. Manual adjustments to brighten the shadows, exposure, and enhance the blacks on the raw file.
  2. Then brought into Photoshop CS6 and added a gradient to the sky and did some dodging and burning to and around her.
  3. Then used MCP Autumn Equinox (fall foliage, burnt firewood, pumpkin patch, Autumn Skies, and Dark Cherry Vignette)
  4. Lastly used the MCP Newborn Necessities actions (In the Spotlight, Under the Blanket, Crying for Contrast, Pick Me Up, Cake Smash, and Print Sharpie)

linda fisher edit lauralynn hook

 

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.

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