Anyway, I was encouraged by a friend to shoot in RAW this week, so I accepted the challenge. There were two unforseen problems. Problem #1: Although we got up bright and early for Livia's little shoot, there wasn't one teensy patch of shade in the entire park. The result? Major squinting and nostril-flaring; Livia's M.O. if you are new to the blog. Problem #2: the fact that I've never shot in RAW before and now I don't know how to open the images. They don't open in CS4 the same way as jpeg images. My inspiration for shooting in RAW has left for a camping trip and can't hear my calls for help. SARAH!!!! I think I need to download and install a plug-in, but that sounds a bit ambitious for the old cerebral cortex this afternoon.
All that to say...what we've got here is a lighting test-shot. Sorry in advance. Tuesday kind of snuck up on me this week.
Here's the SOOC:
Here's my "clean edit" (see last week's post for my made-up definition)
Aly's Basic Boost - free
soft light blending mode, 35%
haze cutter on eyes only - free
PW's warmer action, 15% - free
vibrance +20 - his skin looked a little dull
TRA's Select-O-Pop on Drew's face only
Now for some "fun edits:"
Here I used Everyday Vintage from Isabelle Lafrances' freebie actions. See last week for the link. I am in LOVE with these vintage actions! (I also used MCP's non-destructive burn tool for a light vignette).
Here I ran an action from Totally Rad Actions called "Grandma's Tap Shoes."
My last edit is AMP's black and white action with a 10% beige overlay; also free.
Do you have a favorite? I think the Everyday Vintage is my favorite. Or maybe Grandma's Tap Shoes...
So I'm not completely in love with this shot, but I think it's a good example of the different actions you can run.
I'd like to say thank you to everyone that has participated in touch-up Tuesday so far! I think you have all linked directly to your touch-up Tuesday post and not to your blog's home page. Smart people in this blog hop!! :-) Go us! Also, I have very much enjoyed your edits. Everyone edits differently, and I have learned a number of tricks from you guys. Thanks!
Edit: I just got an email from my friend on vacation, and she walked me through how to download Camera Raw 5.4 (which is the version compatible with CS4). I cannot believe the difference in editing a RAW image and then touching up in Photoshop. There's hardly any touching up to be done! AMAZING! I can't re-write this post, but I can't wait to play around with it more.
I'm posting early tonight because I've been a single parent for the past few days. Doron and Collin are away at camp, and I'm exhausted!
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