A before and after post is due! I haven't done one in a while. .
I like to show the difference between an edited and non-edited image. I pride myself in not doing any crazy editing but more of just enhancing the photo.
So these next two shots, for instance. The first shot looks great, but I wanted to lighten it up a little bit. I just used the curves setting in photoshop to lighten it up a bit, smoothed out her skin just a tiny bit using a Photoshop mask action I purchased from MCP Actions. You can create your own action to smooth out skin but I thought it was cheaper and easier to purchase my own.
The next shot was exposed the way I liked, but was too "cool" for my taste. I may have BARELY adjusted the curves but almost unnoticeably so. I wanted to make it look much warmer. I attempted to fix it during the shoot by changing my white balance but because it was during sunset in the middle of January I didn't have much of an option. So that is where photoshop comes in handy. To neutralize the magenta I used the color balance tool in photoshop and slid it over to the green side. That will help fade out some of the magenta look. Then, I used TRA's Warm it Up Chris at 50% opacity to really make the yellow/orange pop. Afterwards I used the same skin smoothing action I mentioned above to smooth out a few blemishes. And that's it!
Feel free to send me any questions!