I’ve been capturing winter through my lens…
I love when photographers share their editing tips, so thought I would share a few of mine.
I’ve had a hard time finding an action I like to edit winter pictures. I don’t like them too bright, I don’t like the snow to have any hint of yellow, I’m picky. But I recently found an action in Shutter Pulse that brings out the loveliness of winter. It’s in their Vintage 2 package, called Cool Vintage. After you run the action, you can open it up and still make adjustments for brightness, contrast, levels, curves..etc.. (If you buy any actions from Shutter Pulse, sign up for their email newsletter first. They send you a coupon. And I LOVE their actions! Totally worth it!)
Then, I used this tutorial to add snow. I’ve used it successfully before, but for whatever reason, I don’t really like how I did the snow on these pictures. I think I went too quickly through the tutorial and maybe needed to thin out the snow. But if you look at the snow pictures, squint your eyes and tilt your head a little, they kind of look like what I am going for, so I’m posting them anyway. Because sometimes DONE IS GOOD ENOUGH.
Adventurous boys and winter play. Sweet moments forever captured. And remember, mommas, your kids watching you engage in your hobby is empowering for them. So, no guilt – enjoy your camera.
PS – I use Photoshop, but Photoshop Elements is a great way to start without the monthly fee. I started there and then upgraded. Lightroom looks amazing, though I am loyal to Photoshop and haven’t found the need to switch. (Affiliate links.)
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.