Most foodporn is irrelevant to me these days… But this, this I can have.

This spot in the Palladium had a lot of jewel tones. I recently posted the edited version, on the right, on my main blog and it recently got an explosion of tumblr notes (at least, a lot for me) because it was designed by Art Nouveau favorite, Alfons Mucha.

Anyway, I was playing with the CS6 tilt-shift capabilities and bumped up the glow from the lanterns. I also tried sharpening something for the first time in years, and I think the edges of the chairs came out a bit crisper.

Still, nothing will ever fix the fact that I didn’t take one more step to the left to get a perfectly centered shot. Sort of unsettling how un-centered it is, right?

Okay, bear with me on this one. On this one, another of our superhero shoots, the hard light of mid-day created some pretty overbearing shadows on Kathy doing an otherwise striking pose. Kathy naturally has an orange corona around her pupils, so I got out my dodge tool and lightened up her eyes. Now they stand out like crazy! I don”t know if I’d do that on a normal portrait, but it seems a bit more normal for our superhero looks. Also, colorization.

Superhero Mandy! In this one, I played a lot with color balance settings- I began to feel the original was very magenta. Also, I added in desaturated adjustment layer, set on multiply, to add some weight to the shadows. I also added a tiny yellow radial yellow gradient, which is barely visible over Mandy’s hair. I did that to highlight the reds in her hair and give it a warm glow.

Edit: Now that I see them next to each other, I think she looks far too yellow. Back to Photoshop…

Edit 2: Added a pink spot over Mandy’s face to warm it up. How’s that look?

Edit 3: Of course, part of this is getting the photo’s subjects to like how they look in the shot, too. I asked Mandy what she thought, and she told me she felt something about her jawline looked blurry. I touched it up a bit. Does it look natural?

Time to start working on my portrait editing. The wedding I’m photographing is in a little over two months!

Prague Castle from the eastern banks of the Vltava. 

Katie P. at the Prague Castle Terrace Cafe. I don’t know if what I did made it any better, but I could play with this photo all the time.

Grandpa Peterson. His old photography is really inspiring to me. Kind of doubting darkening the shadows on him; it may be making him look older.

Zack. I daresay he looks happier in the edited version.

Joe. Looks much more natural in the edit. He’s always had a very slight green tone to his skin, so in turning that up, he suddenly looks even more real than he would if I had just turned down the over-saturated red.

Kate. My natural inclination is to over-saturate, but in toning that down, I found my sister really popped out of the picture.

Mandy. The differences are subtle here, but in the edited version, I like that Mandy’s hair looks fuller, with many highlights and lowlights.

I’ve found a system I like to use for editing portraits. Here’s the first one I did, a while back. It was satisfying to get rid of the red overtones on Zack’s face here.