Welcome to #filterfriday, where every week I talk about Photoshop presets and editing tips I've been using lately in my professional and personal work.
Things I love about spring: the pastel colors, the soft light between the rain, and the delicate cherry blossoms all over the city! While my allergies might be insane this time of year, I still love to get out and shoot. This week and last I've been doing tons of blogger and Easter portraits trying to include the warm yellow, spring greens, and rosy cherry pinks into the images, so I'm going to share a bit of my process with you all for making gorgeous spring images.
My Three Keys to Springtime Shooting and Editing
A Warm Base
The first step I take in my spring editing workflow is to immediately add a warm base to the photo to emulate spring sunshine, even when it isn't shining on that shoot day (because Seattle is still Seattle). Usually I will bump up the temperature in Camera RAW, but will often also add a Photo Filter in Photoshop in a warming filter, either 85 or 81 depending on the amount of warmth I need, and adjust the opacity to my desired effect. The images immediately go from winter gloom to spring cheer.
Emma of Emma's Edition
Rosy Pink Hues
Everyone in Seattle has been obsessed with the cherry blossoms all over the city, including me. So I've wanted to incorporate those amazing pink tones into my images, even if there aren't cherry blossoms in them. I do so by adding a magenta Photo Filter layer, add a black mask, and paint through with a white brush at various opacities to either enhance the existing pink tones or add pink tones to light foliage areas to create the cherry blossom effect.
Megan of Diary of this Girl
TIP: Also add some of the pink tones to your model's lips or cheeks to enhance the pastel pink effect, like I did below with this headshot of Natalie.
The transition between winter and spring immediately signifies a change of light in my brain. In my spring shots, I've chosen to follow the popular bright and airy aesthetic trend, to create a cheery, bright atmosphere even on the cloudiest of days like when this Easter photoshoot was taken on. I achieved this through bringing up the dark tones in curves, dodging around on the grass, and adding a trusty warming filter as the final touch to give it a warm, golden glow.
I would love to hear how you all tweak your own workflow for spring themed shoots and shots, let me know about it in the comments!
Karya Schanilec is a Seattle based photographer specializing in fashion, portrait, and performance photography.
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