For my UAE newborn photography business, I have established a style to my editing process, that to begin with didn’t come easy. Six years ago I was that photographer who’s photoshop was jam packed with action after action. I loved experimenting, although they were a great tool to give some pop to your image I found my editing style was chaotic, no two sessions looked the same as I was using too many different ones. As I was new to photography, my camera technique was still very inexperienced, I would struggle with exposure and color balance. This meant each gallery would take me about 7-10 hours to complete.
I decided to start taking online courses on photoshop and Lightroom. Damien Symonds levels and curves workshops were probably the biggest help to the start of my clean editing technique. For UAE newborn photography I feel strongly it is very important to get as much correct in camera as possible. Great lighting, exposure and color balance makes it so much easier to perfect the babies skin tones. Each season will now take me about 2-4 hours to finish a 50 image gallery.
My workflow begins with importing into Lightroom, where I will do minor tweaks on exposure and color balance using the adjustment brush if necessary. This is the location where I cull my images to then export into photoshop. For eighty percent of my editing I use photoshop. I will recompose the image if necessary, using the transform tool or cloning to add more background. The majority of the session is then based on correcting the babies skin, removing baby spots and flaky skin, plus using the color balance tool to achieve a more pleasing skin tone. Portraiture is a great plugin on a low opacity to smooth the skin. I use levels and curves to take away the grayness to an image and give it more pop and contrast. The editing process is completed by sharpening the image for print.
I love seeing other photographers unique style of editing, Bianca from Bumps Baby Beyond photography, Leicester, edites very clean and soft. I particularly love her tones. She takes baby pictures in Whetstone, Leicestershire, East Midlands.
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Jillian Greenhill Photography is an Dubai newborn photographer located in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Jill creates quality timeless images of your babies, newborn moments and all the days in between. Serving Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain and surrounding communities.