A Quick Lightroom Lesson

Okay, so this has been making me a little bit crazy, so I felt the need to write a blog post about it.

I’ve recently been inundated with ads on Facebook regarding “Actions” that you can use to warm up your images and make them look better. These actions sell for anywhere between $10 and $30. Some of them can’t even be purchased outside of a Collection of actions, which start at $75 if they’re on sale, and I’ve seen them as expensive as $199.

Don’t get me wrong, I am all about simplifying workflow and being creative and actions have their place, but they should never replace certain fundamental things that a photographer should know about post-processing, and that includes how to warm up your images.

So, I’ve taken an image from a recent family session and it can be seen below.  I did not custom white balance the image, so there is a lot of cyan in it, despite the gorgeous sunset to the right of this couple.  The image is also a stop underexposed, which I should mention that I do intentionally, especially because Mom is wearing a white blouse.

Portland Family Photography Veronica Gillas

The fix for this takes all of 15 seconds.  In Lightroom when you pull an image in under the “Develop” tab, there are a bunch of sliders to your right.  The very first one says “temperature”.  I pulled temperature up to 7000 to pull out blues and pull in some warmer tones.  Then I slide the “exposure” slider over to brighten the image up.

That’s it.  That’s all I did to this image in Lightroom.  Now, to me this image isn’t done, I have to fix Mom’s bra strap and make a few other small adjustments, but warming up the image took me 15 seconds.

There you go.  I’m glad that’s off my chest and hopefully I’ve saved you a few dollars for something that is super easy that you can handle yourself! Learning LR and Photoshop inside and out was probably one of the biggest game changers for me, because it simplified my workflow and gave me more creative control over my images!

 

Little Love Bug

Folks, I think I’ve found my new best friend.

I approached this family when we met for their photography session and this little love bug just about jumped out of Daddy’s arms and straight into mine. We were practically inseparable for the rest of the evening.  She has the most amazing personality for such a little person and a smile that is positively infectious. This family was so much fun to photograph, and I am so looking forward to seeing them again!

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The B Family in Mt. Tabor Park

There are not enough words to describe just how much I love this photograph.  As a family photographer, I have never been a fan of the standard posed approach to capturing images. While my newborn sessions are obviously very posed, I prefer a more photojournalistic approach to families.

This image epitomizes my approach and gives me so, so much joy. Mom and Dad were sharing a joke while sweet Scarlett was staring right at me as if to say “Aren’t they silly?  I love that they love each other so much”.  *tear*

Portland Family Photography Veronica Gillas

Mel Turns One!

I photographed this sweet little family when Mel was still a sweet sleepy newborn at just six weeks old.  More than a year later at their family photography session, and I have watched Mel blossom right before my very eyes.  She can walk all by herself and loves to explore. I am so looking forward to seeing this family grow!

Portland Family Photography Veronica Gillas

Lillybelle {19 Days New}

This happy little newborn baby girl came into this beautiful world three weeks ago today, and I felt so blessed that their family chose me to capture this little angel’s first few days of life. At just shy of three weeks old, Lillybelle slept through her entire session and was perfectly content to have me hold and snuggle her for hours.

I was thinking over the weekend about how my family and maternity photography sessions are usually very energetic and upbeat in stark contrast to how calm I feel getting to hang out with one of my new little babies. It is absolutely the best of both worlds.  Happy Monday everyone!

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