Touch-Up Tuesday - Kristin and Mike

 Tuesday, February 15, 2011

So I didn't take any new pictures this week (except for my cupcakes I shot yesterday!) so I started looking through some very old pictures.  I came across this shot that I took of my dear friends Kristin and Mike, when they first got engaged.  This is with my old DSLR before I really knew how to use it, before I knew about light, before I really knew about exposure, and definitely before I knew how to edit any picture in photoshop. But now that I at least know a LITTLE bit about photo editing, I wondered if I could save any shots from this shoot.

Here is a shot I liked, SOOC.  See how the sun was behind them? And their faces are in shadows? And how the background isn't softly blurred like I would do today? Yeah, I didn't know what I was doing.  Sorry, Kristin and Mike! I can do better now :)

Before

MCP offered a free action download on facebook today called the Mini Fusion Action. I downloaded it right away (I LOVE free actions!) and tested it out on this photo. I ran the action, cropped the photo, added a little vignetting and I got this.

After 1

Already an improvement! Then, just for fun, I ran Pioneer Woman's Seventies Action and added a little texture, to try to get that old faded beach postcard kinda look. And that gave me this:

After 2

I like it that way too. It was such a sweet moment. I love how actions can help save poorly exposed photos!


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17 comments:

love and life ♥ February 15, 2011 at 11:18 AM  

The final edit is absolutely amazing!

Kristy February 15, 2011 at 11:25 AM  

Great touch up! I love the contrast between the aqua and brown!

Erin's Mommy February 15, 2011 at 11:34 AM  

I love the final edit! Gorgeous!

Sue February 15, 2011 at 11:58 AM  

What an amazing edit. it's like a whole different photo!

=)

Ashley Sisk February 15, 2011 at 12:16 PM  

I'm so loving the mini-fusion action...but here, I might like the seventies version slightly more. Great shot either way.

Freckles & Dimples Photography February 15, 2011 at 3:01 PM  

great editing~ love how you totally captured the 70's feel!

ChantaleP February 15, 2011 at 5:43 PM  

Oh man, I LOVE freebies too. What a terrific before & after. Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog today. It was quite the downer day today so.. your comment certainly made me smile! Thanks so much! sigh.. SoCal.. how I wish I were there! Can't wait to keep reading and backtracking your blog. It's wonderful..

Tara February 15, 2011 at 5:54 PM  

Love all these edits! I really love the last one!

Marla February 15, 2011 at 6:33 PM  

Great save. :)

Marla @ www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

Lisa February 15, 2011 at 6:44 PM  

What a good shot - such a genuine moment you captured!

Michelle February 15, 2011 at 7:14 PM  

Great job on these!! Even if you didn't know what you were doing back then! lol! I got that action too (love some freebies!) but haven't messed with it yet... looks promising!

oh, and the cupcakes look divine! :)

Tiffany February 15, 2011 at 7:50 PM  

Great edit...love your cupcakes too! Thanks for visiting June Makes Six.

Tiffany

kbreints February 18, 2011 at 2:00 PM  

Such a great moment caught! I love the second edit!

Kristen February 18, 2011 at 3:54 PM  

I love both edits, but your final one is my favorite! It makes it feel like a cherished memory. I bet your friends will be very excited to see it again, in it's new glory!

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