July 18, 2011
Oh me oh my.... I've made a discovery: ACTIONS! Has anyone else? Am I the last one in the digital photography world to be let in on this little secret?
My photos now have new (and more interesting/colorful/tinted/creative) life breathed into them. And I've also developed a cure for too much blog reading: too much Photoshop Elements Actioning.
Actions are "pre-recoreded" and "packaged" tasks that you apply to an image. For example, you may do twenty different things to a photo in order to achieve a desired look. Instead of doing this every single time you want the same look for another photo, an action does it all in one step. It's like photo editing for dummies.
To be completely honest, I used to see beautiful photos on professional websites and wonder how the photographer got that look (tinted color, clear and bright eyes, faded with teals and yellows standing out, etc.). I figured it was a mix between having an awesome original photo, and some simple editing.
I'm sure this is true for some, but I'm finding you can do WONDERS with an average photograph, and you can truly create MAGIC with a great photograph.
The photo above is one I took of my hottie of a husband. To achieve this look, I used both pre-packaged actions as well as hand touching up. I'm finding a mix of the two look best. Click on the image in order to view it larger- you can see details better (like his eyes! :) The original photo is at the bottom.
There are tons of actions available for download. Most cost something, but many are free. Check out these links:
Happy photo editing!
PS. I've decided to start my own photography website separate from this blog. When it's up and running, I'll let you all know!