Studio images by nature are usually crisp, clean, and in focus. In general, they usually don’t require a lot of photo editing to get a clean and simple finished look. But are you looking for something new and different when it comes to spicing up your studio images? Something out of the box and fresh? When I saw this photo by Linda Gentry Photography, I felt it was crying out for a retro-style editorial finish. The clothing, the lighting, and the overall look of this cool kid, feels retro to me. It feels circa 1974. So, here are the steps in written and video form, that took the photo from plain studio, to retro editorial using the Michelle Kane actions from the Botanical Blends and Creative HeART collections.
The edits I choose to do for these blueprints are intended to inspire and educate my action customers on what is possible to achieve when using my actions. Editing is entirely subjective. You say potato, I say…. you get the picture.
Photo courtesy of Linda Gentry Photography
Photo Editing Blueprint.
1. Rhubarb 31 %
2. Thyme 26%
3. Caraway 41 % with just the “caraway haze” layer turned on.
Optional: Group these three layers together for easy all-in-one tonal adjusting.
4. Deep Clarity 78% Masked onto just the face to bring out the freckles, eyes and nose.
5. Posh 53% To darken and add in a richness to the entire image.
6. Angelica 61% This really brightened up the image with a softening haze that didn’t add in a color change.
7. Shallow Clarity 40% Masked onto just the face, especially the eyes to give a fine sharpening.
8. Mocha 21% Added in a warm brown tone with no haze.
9. Juniper 16% This gave a funky blue tone to the photo.
1. Experiment! Open up those actions and turn layers on and off to see what happens.
2. Adjust opacities. Opacities make all the difference in customizing.
3. Combine! Play many different tones together to see how various combinations can make a photo just right… for you!