First step: Ran 2 Lighten Actions from the Pioneer Woman set (I like my pics bright!)
Second Step: Ran an Unsharp Mask at Radius 0.9 and amount 137% (all about preference)
(I sharpen some shots much more or much less depending on how sharp they are to begin with)
Third Step: Ran Bring on the Eyes action by Pioneer Woman at 37%
Fourth Step: Ran a Boost Action by Pioneer woman at 30% zip 55% zing and Crispness off
Fifth Step: Used a brush set to black and brushed the Boost action off his skin and hair
(The boost action often creates an orange tone on skin which I don't really care for but, it brightens clothes which looks great. I just recently realized that I need to brush the action off the face to keep the soft, natural skin tones but, boost the colors around the person. Big difference!)
Sixth step: Ran a final Lighten action from Pioneer Woman set at 43% opacity 45%
I could have not added that last lighten action as you can see it is very light now but, I just liked how his beautiful blue eyes really popped against his porcelin skin.
Honestly, I edit every single picture differently. Similar but, definitely different depending on how it looks when I load it on my computer. Some I hardly edit at all if I like the SOOC (straight out of camera) feel of them and others I go crazy on just for fun. I use Photoshop CS5 but, any editing program offers plenty of tools to fiddle around with your pictures. I appreciate all of the different styles I see around the blog world. The vintage, retro, sepia, chic styles are all so beautiful and I'd love to learn to expand my style even more!
If any of you have any questions for me about photography please leave me a comment now or any time in the future. I'd love to answer them in a how to blog post!
Hope you are all having a great weekend! xo