Behind The Scenes: The Aloha Series

So if you haven't seen the The Aloha Series (and I have no idea how you missed it, I haven't shut up about it in weeks) then you can check them out here! After I posted them, I had a ton of you send me email and messages filling my inbox with love. I'll never be able to tell you how much each one of your comments and messages mean to me, so thank you.

I have posted before about how I edit but that was way back in January and even since, my post-processing steps have changed. I thought it would be cool to give you all a behind the scenes. Some photographers may come out and tell you every single step they do, but I believe in the whole "magicians don't reveal their secrets" rule so I won't tell ya EVERYYTHINGGG ;) Gotta leave something up to the imagination right? 

  

Before

So here is an image SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera) and man does it look boring. This does not match my typical bright, colorful, and bold style so it needs a little work. The white balance seems okay but let's warm it up just a hair, bump up the exposure a few stops, tweak the contrast and then increase the shadows a little bit. Once that's done, I work on the curves of the photos... if you're just editing the contrast, highlights, and shadows of your images, you're missing out on some magic with the curves! This is best done in Photoshop because you get a little more control over which colors and which levels you pick up. If you have no idea what I'm talking about just look at the before and afters :) 

After

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Ahhh, much better. It feels warmer and much more colorful! 

Before

This is one of my favorite images from the night, it was magical right out of the camera but it still lacked a little... something. For this image,  I brought up the exposure and contrast just a little bit, moved the white balance to get a 'warmer' image and then went to town in PS to bring out the colors of the sunset and the water. Sometimes photos need a little post-processing to achieve their best look. I'm by no means Three Nails Photography but I like to keep my photoshop use to a minimum! My philosophy is natural is better and I don't really want to give away the impression that I use photoshop with my photos. 

After

The colors are much more rich and punchy so you can really feel the sunset. I wanted to keep the photo really warm because that's what summer is all about! 

Before

This is one of my favorites too but thanks to an ugly sign, it also needs work. A little cloning never hurt anyone, and poof, its gone! I also turned up the exposure a little along with the contrast. I also played with my shadows but I wish I had brought her out from the bus a little more so she didn't blend in as much. Still, a little tweaking of the curves in PS and boom! 

After

I'm not sure how helpful that was but my editing style is very simple... I don't use any actions or anything crazy because life is beautiful just as it is (plus or minus a brown sign or two) ;) 

Posted by Ashley Lester.