FAQ: Editing

Definitely one of the biggest questions I had when I was first starting my business had to do with editing the pictures. A lot of people can set up a cool shot, but what makes it go from just a ‘cool shot’ to an amazing picture? There are several different programs out there, but the one that I just can’t do without are Totally Rad Actions. These are a set of awesome actions that I use on literally every single image I show a client. Photographers; you have to have CS2 or later I believe, and you purchase a set and download them immediately to your computer. I’m not kidding when I say these actions have totally changed the way that I take and process my images. A lot of times when I’m shooting I can already picture which actions I’m going to use to really make the picture that much better. This is definitely something that sets a photographer apart, and definitely worth investing in! I give personal attention to each and every image you will receive, even if it is just boosting the color or sharpening the image, and it makes such a huge difference! Here are some before and after shots!

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Man oh man Old School and Super Old School definitely dont work for every single image, but when they work, they really work! edit11With this next one I needed to lighten up their faces so you get more detail there, and I also sharpened it using Sharp-o-matic, my favorite sharpening tool. edit41This one I wanted to soften the color and tone of the picture since it was such a sweet, soft moment.. so I used Lux (soft), Grandma’s Tap Shoes (30%), EZ-Burn (60%), select-o-sharp, and punch out (50%)edit51This I really did the works on, but the main one that I used for this one is Derelicte (60%) edit61Here are a couple from this summer that I took of my friends Alison and Manny to show that even just boosting the color and sharpening the image (which is really about all I did to these) makes a big difference! edit2This one I did use Pool Party (40%) but besides that just sharpened it and used Oh-Snap! My favorite way to boost the color :0) edit3

Feel free to email me with other questions for future FAQ posts!! Don’t forget to check out these awesome actions!! www.totallyradactions.com

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  1. What fun photos, Jessica! I saw you on B School and wanted to say hi!

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