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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. 

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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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  1. Kai on October 1, 2010 at 9:33 am

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

  2. Nancy on 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?

  3. Allie on 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. Adam on 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.

  5. softstars on October 7, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Thank you..really informative!!

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