Every year, during the slow season, I invest in workshops, training, and webinars to hone in my skills and learn new tid-bits to add more creativity to my work. One of the webinars I invested in this year was Meg Bitton’s Curves Only Edit. Every month for the year, she provides a new 15-20 minute video explaining ways to edit in Photoshop using curves only. There are so many things I have learned in just two months! There are tons of things I didn’t even know you could do with curves, even though I’ve been editing with curves for about a year. I really enjoy learning new tips and tricks like these and I thought I’d share my discovery.
I shot this image in 2015 of one of my most favorite clients. She braved this freezing day in May wearing this maternity gown at Fountain Creek Nature Center. The image was shot with Canon 70D with my 85mm 1.8 at 1/160th of a sec, f2.5, and my ISO was at 250. I didn’t use flash, since I prefer natural light. I originally edited the image in Lightroom, I don’t believe the images was brought into Photoshop at all.
I decided to try my new skills and re-edit this image for a more rich color, which is the way I’ve been editing now for about a year. The adjustments really amplified the existing light. The light hugs her more and creates a more dramatic spot light. I also enhanced her already beautiful red hair, and lightened the shadows that were around her eyes from being in the trees. As a final touch, I now run Portraiture to smooth skin.
If you love Meg’s work, I really do suggest purchasing some of her videos. I’m learning so much!
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