Photo Editing: Introduction

By Jed Grant

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This article series will deal with post processing techniques to add some style and vibrance to your photography. Often a fairly poor photograph can become quite nice. However, better source material will always yield better results. I’ve included a few sample images I captured and edited yesterday. All of the images in this particular post use natural light and Photoshop. Move your cursor over the image to see the initial image. The first one involved 5 curves, 2 gradient maps and 1 color balance adjustment layer. I recommend using the quick launch menu for Post Processing 101 on the right hand side and following the posts in the order they are listed.

A couple of excellent examples are David Hill and Chromasia. I highly recommend looking at both of these sites. Chromasia actually has before and after pictures which makes it pretty awesome.

If you see before and after images somewhere and want to know how it was done shoot me a message and I’ll see if I can recreate it and share the information. Otherwise I’ll be creating articles that will help you get acquainted with the tools that make it all possible. I don’t claim to be the best at this, but I do enjoy it. Let me know if you have an recommendations.

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  1. By Kaleb August 8, 2010

    I see a lot of photos with a “creamy” look (for lack of a better description). It’s a style that would go nicely with your blog design. How’s it done? You see a lot of it in this photographer’s collection: and here’s another example of the color/contrast I’m talking about:

  2. By Jed Grant August 8, 2010

    Kaleb, first, the links you posted start with some pretty exceptional photography to begin with which really helps. Regardless of quality you can “tone” the skin pretty quickly with a gradient map adjustment layer. I’ll be writing a post specifically on gradient maps in the near future where I’ll detail how I like to do it. For now though put a gradient map on your image, set opacity to ~30% and blending mode to soft light and experiment from there.

  3. By Kaleb August 8, 2010

    Sweet. Can’t wait for the tutorial!

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