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Touch Up Tuesdays!

I thought it would be neat to try to capture a silhouette of my husband and friend Robbie golfing.  With it being almost mid-day it was a little tricky.  Usually shooting silhouettes are done at sunrise or sunset…that’s when the sky is the most beautiful and the colors are vibrant, so you’d rather capture the sky than your subjects!  We are taught as photographers to properly expose for our subjects, but when shooting silhouettes, you want your subjects to be dark!  So in order for this to happen you must properly expose for the sky, and I usually like to underexpose a few notches just to make sure.

In this image, you can see it’s underexposed, but with the help of Lightroom I was able to pull down the exposure more and make it b&w to capture the effect I wanted.

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Apply Haze to Your Edit…

The best thing I could have done this year was join the Clickin Moms Forum!  The growth I have made between January and now has been huge, the information you can find is insane, the community is amazing, not to mention the workshops and the e-learning they have to offer.  I do have to budget myself on the amount of workshops I can take because they can be pricey, but if you don’t have a lot of money to spend you can instead sign up for one of their Break Out Sessions!  I highly recommend!  This past week they offered An All Access Pass, 5 different Break Out Sessions for $50!  (Most of them go from $25 or $50 by themselves).  This was a fantastic deal and a FANTASTIC lineup, which included Amii Wroblemwski, Elle Walker, Courtney Keim, April Nienhuis, and Jennifer Dell!  I’m still in awe that I get to learn from these amazing women!  I initial bought the session because of Amii Wroblemwiski Developing Pricing session, I feel like it was perfectly timing, since I’m just starting to get my feet wet in the business, but was so excited to have Jennifer Dells, Editing to Enhance the Mood break out session too!  In her break out session I finally learned how to make that haze effect or look on your photos.  I’m sure it will take time for me to get it right, but to learn how easy it was and not only did I get the PDF to help me, but two videos!!!  (I highly recommend you purchase this breakout session!)

Anyway, I thought I would show you how easy it is to add a haze layer to your photos, so you can start playing around with it yourself!  My PS 30 day trial runs out today so luckily my timing was excellent.  You’re going to need Photoshop or Photoshop Elements; again I do all my clean edits in Lightroom because that’s what’s easier for me and then import them into PS.  From here you want to add a new Layer, Solid Color or Gradient (personal choice-you can do it both ways), name it, and choose the mode & color (The three she used were Soft Light, Hard Light, & Multiply).  Depending on the photo, I would normally go with a pinkish or orange color.  In this case I used a pink color and I thought the multiply layer looked the best, since it enhanced the color of the sky!  You’ll want to play around with the Opacity too, a lower percent is going to look more natural, but it’s a personal choice here!  Then I masked off my husband in the picture so his skin didn’t have that pink glow to it.  The best part is when I SAVE, it pops right up in Lightroom as a virtual copy!  (Awesome!)

It’s that simple!

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Before & After

I think it works here, the sky might be too much, but it’s evening, it’s suppose to have that pinkish glow!