Fading Color Balance

When I am shooting babes – I notice how pink/red/purple their skin can be.

I just wanted to show a quick post of how I change the color balance for a newborn photo.

Here is the original file – shot raw with settings:

ISO 400, SS 1/640s, and f/2.8

I open in Adobe Camera Raw (or LIGHT ROOM) and tweak the luminance of red/pink/orange (increase a bit).

Also decreasing the saturation of red/orange.

This is where I also adjust fill light, exposure and contrast.
Here it is open in PS – CS4.

I use the CLONE STAMP to clone out all of the unwanted marks, dry skin, blemishes and black metal plate with screw.

(compare the above and below image)I then open the color balance (ctrl+B on mac).

Move the slider away from RED – I will sometimes add some yellow, so it’s not so greenish blue.
Because it is so heavy on the cyan side, I want to fade the color balance (you can always fade your LAST STEP if you immediately go into the EDIT tab).

I slide the bar until I find the right color – so this time I chose 49% of the color balance edit.

You can compare this below image – it’s a bit warmer than the image above.Then I run my SUPER ACTION.

This includes imagenomic noiseware, Totally Rad Actions, and some level tweaking, sharpening and a soft light layer.

Final Fine Art Edit:BW Final Fine Art Edit:
The process from original to finals:

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annie You’re just amazing for sharing all these tips with other photographers! Thank you for the time you spend to share that incredible knowledge!
You’re very creative.
p.s. love the headband… notice you were wearing it in another post–I’m gonna try to get my daughter to wear mine too! 😉September 23, 2011 – 8:48 pm

Anina This is SO very helpful:-) Thanks a lot!!September 13, 2011 – 9:49 am

Heidi Williams I appreciate your candid sharing so much! I’m just an amateur but I am continually inspired by your work. You are amazingly talented, but you also have a gift for teaching. Posts like this, your posing post, your camera bag post and of course your amazing birth story post keep me coming back for more. Thank you for sharing MORE than just your final product with us!September 11, 2011 – 1:42 pm

Lisa Laposata Arden, I follow your photography through fb, as I have always had an interest in the art. I’m a “dabbler”, though, as cake design has always been the primary channel for my artistic expression. So I find it incredibly generous, that you share your photo tutorials, as it removes the guessing work for those of us who appreciate producing a more refined photo, without being a pro. Tips and techniques are merely ingredients, but the true “secret” in the recipe of your success is your vision. Thanks for realizing your talent and style remain yours, even in sharing your knowledge!September 11, 2011 – 11:48 am

mel arden you are amazing…i have been in ‘lurkdom’ !! for quite some time now…admiring and loving everything you do…but this time i can’t go by without commenting…thankyou for these sorts of posts…thankyou for being so generous and giving…i just eat up and crave the information you share :) …God has blessed you with amazing talents….please never stop being you…
from your biggest fan down under…australia, mel xxxSeptember 11, 2011 – 10:22 am

annie This is such a wonderful post!! Thank you for all your suggestions and tutorials! You’re incredible!September 11, 2011 – 10:22 am

Kyla So nice! Nice of you to share, nice photo, nice edit, NICE baby! :-)September 11, 2011 – 10:09 am

Meghan Love your fine art edit – it’s gorgeous. This is so super helpful – I just hope I can end up with awesome results like yours. :) I will be shooting my first newborn session this week and find all of your posts so helpful! Thanks for sharing so much.September 11, 2011 – 9:46 am

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