Monday, June 18, 2012
I thought I'd take a little break from my many Peru pictures I've been posting to share a little before and after from a newborn session I did this weekend. Remember Christy, from this beach maternity session? Well she gave birth about a week and a half ago to this beautiful baby boy, Nicholas.
It was a bit of a challenging session as little Nicholas did not fall asleep even once for even one second! And if he wasn't swaddled he was squirmy and crying! So the only real option was swaddled and awake shots, but I still ended up with a few I liked.
Here's one example, SOOC: (except SOOC it was a vertical shot, and I rotated it 90 degrees to the left)
I actually thought this looked pretty good SOOC. However I thought the blanket looked a little teal/green, when in actuality it was blue, and his skin looked a little yellow to me too. So in Lightroom, I adjusted the white balance and added a teeny bit of brightness, contrast, and vibrance. I also rotated it just slightly to straighten it a bit more. Then I took the photo into Photoshop and did a slight adjustment to the levels and then I ran CoffeeShop Blog's Baby Powder Room action to sharpen his eyes and smooth his skin. I then used the patch tool to remove the scratch on his chin and a few other spots, sharpened, and was done!
Here's the final:
And here's the side by side...in hindsight, seeing them next each other, I don't really mind the color tones in the SOOC version, but I feel the colors in the "after" are more true to what I saw with my eyes!