Monday November 21, 2011

Photoshop Actions for Photographers | Twirling Girls and the Rosy Beach Sunset

Photoshop Actions Elements Dancing Beach Vintage Sun Flare Photos Enhance

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Photoshop Actions Elements Dancing Beach Vintage Sun Flare Photos Enhance

Photoshop Actions Elements Dancing Beach Vintage Sun Flare Photos Enhance

Photoshop Actions Elements Dancing Beach Vintage Sun Flare Photos Enhance

Photoshop Actions Elements Dancing Beach Vintage Sun Flare Photos Enhance

Photoshop Actions Elements Dancing Beach Vintage Sun Flare Photos Enhance

Photoshop Actions Elements Dancing Beach Vintage Sun Flare Photos Enhance

Photoshop Actions Elements Dancing Beach Vintage Sun Flare Photos Enhance

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For those interested in the technical aspects of the images, here’s a little more information. I know these are far from technically perfect … she was spinning, dancing and running so darn fast (the beach and sunshine can create that kind of giddiness in my girls in an instant), and so combining that with the fact that much of the time I was crouching down with my baby girl in one arm and balancing the camera in the other hand – I ended up chopping feet off and not nailing the focus every time. The color cast was all natural as the sky was absolutely glowing with a kaleidoscope of colors in pink, orange and yellow. I decided to just enhance that in post processing with some actions from Picture Perfect (Paint on Color Pops Richer), Wonderland (for PSE users it would be in Fresh Wonderland) and some new actions I’m working hard on.

But I don’t care about any of that because these photos capture the pure essence of my little girl’s spirit … she is wild, free and happy to no end. And I even captured a few of the more serious moments as well (you can see she can almost snarl in her seriousness when she’s so inclined). Little baby Eliza was freezing her little bum off, and therefore, was in my arms for most of the photos I took. I just sat down in the sand with her and snapped Adeline as she twirled. Shot with the Nikon 85mm 1.4G. The settings ranged from ISO 200, f1.4, 1/500 to 1/2000 second, depending on which direction my camera was pointing in (the sun was very bright even as it was setting). I use spot metering (on their faces) and Single Point AF where I choose my own focus point. :)

I hope you enjoy these and are able to go capture a little of that childhood happiness for yourself today – no matter how old you are! :)

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15 thoughts on “Photoshop Actions for Photographers | Twirling Girls and the Rosy Beach Sunset

  1. Anne (St. Louie Blues) says:

    OHMYGOODNESS!!! Annie, these photos are beyond fabulous! They are just perfect…. perfectly capturing your girls on the beach in that glorious sun. I love each and every one of them. The processing is just to die for…. you are so incredibly talented and your girls are so incredibly delightful. Thank you for sharing these gorgeous photos.

  2. Totally beautiful! She looks like she couldn’t be happier. I love the timid steps your little one takes!

  3. You have such a beautiful gift for capturing the magic in those little everyday moments. Your photos are like something straight out of a fairy tale. Beautiful work!

  4. Lovely pictures. Thanks for the technical info, as it is interesting. I have a wee girl about that age who is a twirler too. It’s such a great age.

  5. You make pretty babies and pretty pictures!!

  6. Trisha Goldberg says:

    I always adore your work!!!!!! Your girls are adorable and make the best models! Do you play around with your metering? I need to learn more about mtereing and what it actually does.

  7. Did you use the AF or the AF-S for these? Either way, great pix… makes me miss the California coast like never before.

  8. OMGosh! Absolutely beautiful photos of the girls at the beach … being a beach bum myself … I ADORE these! Thanks for sharing Annie! <3

  9. I love these, Annie! You really captured the magic of childhood. Such beautiful girls too. :) Hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  10. Just beautiful as always…….. OMG I can not believe how much the girls have grown….

  11. I adore your photos and I am in love with your actions – just bought the Fresh/Wonderland bundle on your sale ( I think I have 6 of your sets now!!) and looking at your photos and using your actions just makes me smile. You make me love photography even more!

  12. michelle strachan says:

    these pictures gave me goosebumps…big believer in not the camera, its who is behind it and the subject.

  13. Hi Annie, I just discovered you (and your awesome Actions) and wanted to let you know what an inspiration you are! I’ve been wondering how many photographers out there pick their own focus point (as opposed to focus-recomposing from the center), and if you’re doing that all the time, it would explain the razor-sharp quality of your images. Here’s wishing you all the best, and I remain a big fan~
    Sincerely,
    Cy

  14. i love these! and the font for “dancing” may i ask what font it is??

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