post production … [workshop wednesday]

With the Australia Day holiday and the fact that I’m still trying to clear out my post production backlog by the end of February, today’s “workshop wednesday” is going to be a quick one. Sorry.

I’m often asked how I process my photos, and this will be a topic I’ll return to in the coming weeks, but for now, I’ll give you the one-word answer:

Lightroom.

Ok, I’ll say a little more than that 😉 Lightroom is one of the products in Adobe’s Photoshop family. You can buy it without buying Photoshop, and if you’re the sort of photographer who likes to get it right in camera and make minimal changes to your photos afterwards, you might not even need Photoshop (which is much more expensive). Then again, if you own Photoshop and don’t need/want the catalog and workflow smarts of Lightroom, the exact same photo processing tools are available to you via Adobe Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw, both of which come with recent versions of Photoshop.

Aside from occasional experiments with a few Photoshop actions (none of which I love enough to use every day, although there is some fun to be had with Doug Boutwell’s Totally Rad Actions), none of my photos leave Lightroom. All of my photo processing is done in Lightroom’s Develop module. Most of my “look” comes from getting the right white balance and my particular approach to manipulating the tone sliders. The rest comes from a small collection of split toning presets I’ve built up, and obsessive attention to detail (which means I rarely “batch process”, despite trying to speed things up that way).

In coming weeks I’ll post specific examples of how I get the look I’m after out of my photos. No time to post one today, sorry!

But to pretty up the post, here’s a sneak peek of a portrait session with another of Josiah’s potential wives, Charlotte 😉

091206_0758.jpg - one fine day photography - newcastle baby photographer

27 January 2010 - 7.01pm

Denise - oooowwww I am looking forward to these! Thank You. Cute baby and photo.

27 January 2010 - 2.44pm

kerryn - That baby is a model! Too cute…

oh and great tips again Luke 🙂

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