Basic edits

Basic edits

Moments That Matter: things I always do…

A couple of playground shots from the weekend. I did the same process for each of them – a bit of skin correction, brighten the eyes, fix tone and contrast (I usually shoot a bit cooler then warm them up a bit in photoshop), adjust the mid tones for skin colour, sharpen slightly, crop, vignette. I usually use an action to boost the colour, tone, contrast etc but adjust each of the layers within this to what I think looks best.
Photo 1 of Heather on the carousel (ISO 1600 f/3.2 1/500 62mm, spot metering) was getting late, sunset behind her and not a heap of light left hence the high ISO. Not as sharp on the face as I would like but not too noticeable unless you zoom in. Photo 2 on the swing (ISO 800 f/4 1/200 50mm, matrix metering) was in the middle of the afternoon but on a very overcast day.
What I would like to know is how to fill in the bright vacant sky bit in the top left of the horsey photo. I’d like to continue the nice tree line all the way across.

Horsey SEF_5403 SEF_5090-2 SEF_5090

I live in the beautiful hills of Perth with my husband and three year old daughter. I have degrees in history and law but am staying home for a few years to raise my gorgeous little girl. I love creative pursuits, be it creative play with my three year old, sewing, or my new passion - photography. I've owned a DSLR for about 6 years but have only just started to really explore it's capabilities (and mine!).


  1. Oh, and I didn’t adjust the exposure in either of them but I did use the clarity slider in camera raw on the first one to bring back some of the detail in the trees behind her and I darkened the highlights a bit in camera raw as well.

  2. You have enhanced the colours beautifully in both these pictures. Robyn might have another suggestion for ‘adding’ trees, but I personally would use the marquee tool and draw a rectangle across the top of the image, Ctrl C, Ctrl V and then grab the right hand side of the box and drag it right back across itself, so that you are creating a mirror image of the treeline. You might have to move it around a bit and blend in the edges to make it look natural.

  3. These are lovely Siobhan and I love the enhancements you have done. You’ve made some nice photos really pop.
    Give me a couple of days and I’ll do a quick tutorial video on how to fix the sky using the trees. There are a couple of ways to do it and I’m not sure which is going to work best. Can you email me a higher resolution file to work with. Or even better if you have Dropbox pop it in there and share the folder with me.

  4. You can see the video tutorial here:

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