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Photography: Editing Tutorial – “Spring Fling” (Soft & Warm Photos)

Hey guys! So I wanted to share this editing tutorial on making the photos a nice “SPRING” color.  This varies depending on the colors of the original photo.  I decided to take a few “off color” photos to show you how to change it entirely. All I did was change the white balance on my camera so the photos came out a little blue tinted instead of bright/white. Check it out.

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Ok, so these are the “original” photos taken purposely for this tutorial (which is why they aren’t in the previous blog…) I rarely edit photos on my computer anymore. It’s more OCCASIONAL, simply because editing them on my phone is a lot easier.  The program I use it called “Afterlight” and it’s $1.99, but you could follow these steps on an computer.  The “REAL” steps don’t start until STEP FIVE.   The first few steps are just to show you how to make your photo “normal color” in the event of just learning photography.

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This is what the program looks like when you are choosing the photo you want to edit.

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After opening it, the editing tools come up.  Here are the steps I took to edit the photos.  The original photos we not blue so they start at step 3.

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The first thing is to drop down the saturation a little bit so it’s not quite so blue, but NOT too much because we are also going to change the temperature of the photo.

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After dropping the saturation, head over to “temperature” or “warmth” depending on the editor (obviously on the computer this would be a bit different).  Add temperature to make the colors more of a normal color, but do not over do it because you don’t want the photo to be orange tinted.

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Now that you have a “normal colored” photo, add some brightness.  Again we are also going to change the exposure so, judge based on your photo.  THE NEXT STEP IS WHERE YOU START ON A REGULAR PHOTO.

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THIS IS WHERE YOU START WITH A “REGULAR” photo aka one that is NOT blue tinted

After you add some brightness, you are also going to add exposure which is why you don’t want to OVER add the brightness.  The extra exposure gives it a lighter effect so we can turn the color into a “light soft spring feel”.

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Once you add exposure (just a tiny bit don’t overexpose it too much).  Add some HIGHLIGHTS to the photo to make some of the colors pop.

I ACCIDENTLY DELETED THESE NEXT TWO STEPS IN PHOTOS SO PAY ATTENTION TO THE TEXT!

NEXT YOU ARE GOING TO ADD A LOT (I added 100%) OF SHADOWS! It’s going to bring out the gray in the photo, but it’s also going to give it the effect of the “Spring” time that you want.  The next step after you add shadow, is add a TINY bit of contrast, just to make it bright.

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The last step is to “sharpen the image” I usually only do 50% so it’s not TOO sharp, but you can also leave this last step out for a softer look.

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