05/16/2011 § Leave a comment
I like photography…a lot. I kind of think it’s the perfect art form, for me anyways. I’m not very skilled when it comes to drawing or painting, so behind the lens I feel much more comfortable. Besides a few courses here and there, I really never focused on photography while I was in school. Now that I’ve got some more time on my hands, I’ve been working to improve my skillz.
So why am I blabbering on about photography? That’s because I just discovered the wonderful world of Photoshop Actions. Where these have been my entire life, and how I wasn’t aware of them sooner, I have NO idea but they are AMAZING.
While stumbling around on the web the other day I came across Pioneer Woman Photography and noticed she has an entire section devoted to free Photoshop Actions! I was really excited to find these and even more excited when I found out how easy they are to install and use. So here are some examples of the actions applied to a few photographs that I have taken.
Seventies Action: Before & After
Meet my friends Danielle and Jesse. They are an amazing couple. About two years ago they asked me take engagement photos for them. This was the first time I had ever done anything like that and it was a fun learning experience. As you can tell by the “before” image, the lighting was not really optimal and the image just looks flat. The “Seventies” action really makes this image come to life in ways I did not expect. From the skin tone, to the color of Jesse’s shirt and the texture of the stone, I really love the result!
Colorized: Before & After
Meet Paige. I think in a way you could say she’s my photographic muse. Every time we’re together we work some creative magic. This is a random shot from a couple of weeks ago. I LOVE what the “Colorized” action does to this photo. Even though the “before” image is still good, the action really gives it an edginess that was lacking.
So that’s just a miniscule example of the wonders of Photoshop Actions. I can’t wait to keep playing around! If you’re new to this as well, I hope you’ll give it a go! It’ll make your life so much easier.
[As a Mac user all I had to do to install was click the download. Once it popped into my download file I clicked it again and Photoshop opened automatically. From there I went to Window->Actions and there they were! It took all of 1 minute, and now I can do all kinds of amazing things with my photos until the end of time!]
*I would also like to note that in no way am I affiliated with any of the sites I mention here. It’s just the things I like :)