It’s a cold Wednesday and I don’t have any work to do so here is my 2 cents on post processing…

A few points to preface the “recipe” for the image below…
I shoot raw, manual mode, and try to get the exposure perfect in camera first & foremost.  No auto white balance.  If you’re currently shooting in a program mode, I know that sounds intimidating to shoot all manual, but I promise you that after a few shoots you’ll be able to look outside & get your settings pretty damn close just by eyeing it.
By the time I get an image on the computer, there is only a few tweaks left to do.  A quick run through Lightroom for color & density then on to Photoshop.  Here’s the deal with that… We do run every image in Photoshop.  Not by hand.  We batch.  This means we’ll create a custom action on one image from the shoot and then use the automate option to have it run on all of the photos in the folder… The computer does the work for me.  Only the photos that are in a couples album or used in a blog post get tweaked by hand in Photoshop… and really only the closeup shots where skin needs touched up.  Going this route keeps our turn around time super fast!  Also helps to have a quality over quantity philosophy 😉
On every image, I’ll run both Kubota Magic Sharp (usually @ 100%) & TRA’s Boutwell Magic Glasses @ 30%.  From there it’s about tweaking the color to fit the feel & enhance colors already present in the photo.  For the image below I ran Jesh’s Light From a Star @ 14% then a little bit of ProRetouch the Eye Bump around 15% & the skin never goes above 30%.  Pretty simple.  🙂
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If this is something people are interested in, let me know & I’d be happy to do more posts like this one…