How to Edit Natural Portrait Look

Oh you … yes you, my dear friends. Today is your lucky day. So many of you have wished this moment to come: I will teach one side of my superpower…  edition on photoshop. Many of you liked my recent picture and you’ve wondered how I did. This is how!

 

Final result

Final result

STEP 1: OPEN YOUR JPEG OR RAW IMAGE

This is how the image was captured from my Nikon D5100 with the 50mm lens f/1.4

This is how the image was captured from my Nikon D5100 with the 50mm lens f/1.4

STEP 2: DODGE AND BURNING

dodge and burning

This means that you light up the brightness of the image and you “burn” up the dark areas. It will dramatically change , in a good way, the perspective of the image. You can use curves. Add a layer mask on them and use a brush!

STEP 3: GRADIANT

step 3 - gradiantFor a glowy effect, add up a gradiant fill with a radiant style at and angle of -132,88. Scale it up to 150. Be sure the box “Reverse” and “Align with layer” are checked.

STEP 4: SELECTIVE COLOR

step 4 - selective color

Cyan: 56 Yellow: 100 Relative

step 4 - selective color 2

Cyan:80 Magenta:50 Yellow:11 Relative

step 4 - selective color 3

Cyan:1 Magenta:-1 Yellow:-1 Relative

STEP 5: CURVEstep 5 - curve

 

STEP 6: SELECTIVE COLOR

step 6 - selective color

Cyan: 7 Magenta: 17 Yellow: 11 Relative

step 6 - selective color 2

Cyan: 5 Magenta: 19 Yellow: -9 Relative

STEP 7: SELECTIVE COLOR… AGAIN

step 7 - selective color

Magenta: 1 Yellow: 7 Relative

step 7 - selective color 2

Magenta:8 Yellow:10 Relative

step 7 - selective color 3

Cyan: 60 Relative

STEP 8: GRADIANT MAP ON HUE

step 8 - gradiant hue

 

Be sure to check to select hue on the type of processing.

STEP 9: COLOR BALANCE

step 9 - color balance

MIDTONES| Cyan to Red: 4 Magenta to Green:3 Yellow to Blue:-6 Box checked: Preserve Luminosity

step 9 - color balance 2

SHADOW TONES| Cyan to Red: -4 Magenta to Green:2 Yellow to Blue:-4 Box checked: Preserve Luminosity

STEP 10: HUE SATURATION

step 10 - hue saturation

Saturation +4

STEP 11: COLOR BALANCE

step 11 - color balance

MIDTONES |Magenta to Green:-5 Yellow to Blue:-10 Box checked: Preserve Luminosity

step 11 - color balance 2

SHADOWS| Yellow to Blue:+3 Box checked: Preserve Luminosity

I know… it’s kind of orange but don’t worry. We will fix this in the next step! 🙂

STEP 12: COLOR BALANCE… AGAIN

 

step 12 - color balance

MIDTONES|Cyan to Red: -43 Magenta to Green:+24 Yellow to Blue:-7 Preserve Luminosity

STEP 13: CURVE

step 13 - curve

Input:241 Output:255

step 13 - curve 2

Input:227 Output:255

step 13 - curve 3

Input:193 Output: 255

STEP 14: LAST RETOUCH! Play with selective color to pop out colors of the image

step 14 - final with selective color for vibrant pink and vibrant blue

On this image I applied two selective color : one to intensify pink and the other to intensify the blue. By adding a layer mask on each of them and by inverting the color to black, I took the brush tool and painted at the places I wanted on the image.

STEP 15: FINAL

Final result

Final result

 

Normally I do skin retouching too, but on this image I thought I didn’t need to. I hope you liked this tutorial! If you loved it and you wish me to do more, please let me know on the comments below.

Have an awesome day my beautiful friends and go try this trick now,

Cindy xx

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modern charm

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i didn’t shoot since last january ( 5 months from now!). i was so excited about  doing this shoot that i knew i had to do something really cool. chloé (this beautiful model) and i always wanted to shoot together, so i contacted her and we were more than happy to start brandstorming for ideas! it was the first time i shooted on a rainy day outside. even thought, i know it isn’t good for my camera since it’s not waterproof, but i knew i had to do it.

since i wanted to experience something new, i said why not. after choosing the outfits and doing the makeup: we went outside and started to shoot! i can’t tell you how much fun it was, we laughed and really had a great time.

model: chloé manseau-lafond

love, cindy

be a children everyday

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No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile. Pursuit to be happy only laughing like a child. I never thought life would be this sweet. It got me cheesing from cheek to cheek.

-Mac Miller

Between romantic TV shows and  watching my little brother playing with his car around me, I understood something we tend so much to forget. I found something that was common between these two activities: the way to laugh and enjoy life. In my yesterday post, where you can clic here if you haven’t read it yet, I briefly explained how little things do matter and do change us in a positive way. Be childish on your everyday life by the way you act, you breath,  you eat and you anything!

Here are 10 tips to embrace your inner child;

  1. Retry the things you loved doing as a kid. Such things include going to the playground, the toy aisle or a cartoon movie session.
  2. Stop obsessing over the small things. Kids are carefree! Let go of worries and see if the world around you tumbles. You’ll be surprised that it doesn’t. And maybe you’ll regain some clarity and perspective.
  3. Kids are able to feel something intensely and then move on quickly from it. Try it. Feel what you feel without judging the feeling (“I shouldn’t feel this way”) so that you can move on from that feeling without holding onto it. It works!
  4. If you have kids (or have little sisters or brothers like I do!), do the stuff they like to do. Swing with them or trick-or-treat with them. Look at the world through their eyes. Build castles and mud highways with them. Get dirty, blow bubbles, toss balls over the neighbor’s fence and fetch them back sheepishly. Jump rope and eat snack-sized puddings.
  5. Stop obsessing over calories. Have a lollipop. Have a chocolate fudge coated something that looks so fattening it just screams “eat me”. Run around madly afterwards as a kid would do and you’ll soon burn off those calories!
  6. Never say the phrase “I’m too old”. Try “I’m in my middle youth” instead.
  7. Turn everyday chores into something fun;
    • Cleaning your room? Dance to some music.
    • Doing the laundry? Lie in the basket of warm laundry; well, your head at least!!
    • Decorating? Paint rude words on the wall before you hang the wallpaper over it.
    • Doing the garden? Get yourself dirty. This is what you can do to bring out the inner kid in yourself.
    • Cooking for supper? Gather some creativity, imagination, and inspiration. Mix weird tastes for a different culinary delight.
  8. Be easy-going! When you talk to someone about a subject, don’t be scared to talk about something completely different! You will feel less worried and you will feel joy throught your feet!
  9. Meet new people each day! You don’t need to feel pressure on because you do it for fun. When you go buy your meal, don’t be scared to talk to the workers behind the counter! Enjoy talking with them and talk about anything. Talk to someone you would never thought of! Create a bigger social network!
  10. Come back to Earth gently. Sure, you will eventually have to return to responsible adulthood. But learn from the fun that childhood teaches. Learn to always cast back your memory to fun childhood times and the things that made you feel safe, fulfilled and happy. Build on those memories in a way that allows you to be the responsible adult influenced for the better by the carefree child inside.

Being a child means being fun, being spontaneous and being creative. You don’t stop having fun when you get old, you get old when you stop having fun. Just remember, you can embrace your inner as long as you want. Don’t let the adult world make you grow out of loving the happiness and freedom of a child. What do YOU do to find your inner child? Share your favorite childish and enjoyable moments!

Model:  Camille Brochu-Lafrance

Photographer:  Myself (follow me HERE)