Tonight I made a slight error that I’m sure a lot of photographers make. After our maternity session rained out on Monday, I promised Britni I’d squeeze her outdoor maternity portraits this evening. I gave myself an hour to get home upload the photos and then run back out the door…and in that time, I hastily edited this image because I wanted to post it so badly for Britni to see right away.
At the session, I showed Britni this image immediately after I captured it. Talk about GORGEOUS!! It may not fully accentuate her cute little 38 week bump (what a lucky girl!) but I thought that this beauty shot was important to capture during her last few weeks of pregnancy as a way for her to remember how absolutely stunning she looked while carrying her little boy. So my mistake lies in the editing. The original image on the left is basically SOOC (straight out of camera) besides some skin smoothing and basic RAW file edit. This is what I posted literally seconds before I walked out the door. I just HAD to post it for her. The image on the right is what I’ve edited now that I’m home and have a minute to breathe! I realized that due to a recent workshop I took, I changed my camera settings and I forgot to warm the image up.
Do you see the difference? If you look at her skin tone, the image on the left is more “blue” and the image on the right is more “yellow/red” and her skin looks more natural. The two images below are enlarged to help you see it better. To the untrained eye, you might not notice a difference. Even to the trained eye, it is a slight difference but very important, especially when you see the image bigger and the impact the color difference makes. In the 2nd warmer image, she is glowing with pregnancy beauty and I love it! You can fix this in your images by adjusting your white balance either in camera before the image is captured or in post processing in your camera editing software. I could have gotten this right SOOC by doing another custom white balance in camera. We had moved from a backlit area to a shaded area and the light there is naturally cooler (blue-er).
This last edit is a black and white conversion. If you read my blog, it’s something I am constantly trying to work and tweak to get it where I like it. Making an image black and white…isn’t exactly black and white!! ;) There is a lot of gray area and variety when it comes to a black and white edit. Contrast is a huge one and also color undertone.
I had a great time with Britni and Kevin tonight! It was a good thing we waited because this afternoon was absolutely beautiful outside. The light was so yummy and the temperature was perfect. I can’t wait to share the rest of the session. Their two adorable dogs got in on some of the action…something that was really important to Britni since they are considered family (I’m sure most of us can relate!). I can’t wait to hear that their precious little boy has arrived in the next couple of weeks. Good luck Britni and Kevin! You’ll do great! :)