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How to get pictures bright and vibrant? 4 Years, 2 Months ago  
I am doing a bunch of senior sessions this weekend in my small little community. I am really excited because I dont have a lot of experience shooting teens.

I have been researching today some of photographers (in my area)for their style, for posing etc. I want to be different from them but want to use my own style too. Their photos are soo bright and beautiful. Is that done in camera or is that an action they are running on them?

Here are two of the sites I am talking about.

www.lindsayjanestudios.com/utblog/?p=1181
*And all the pics looked soft and re-touched or something. I know its a preference but I actually personally really like these photos. Any ideas?

emilysexpressionsphotography.blogspot.com/search/label/Seniors
*This is the only photographer in my small little community. She went to school with me actually and has only been doing pictures for like 3 years or so. Her pictures also look soft and finished. I am not sure... any ideas?
 
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Re:How to get pictures bright and vibrant? 4 Years, 2 Months ago  
The photos on the LindsayJane site have had actions run on them. You don't get that look in camera I like her photography, thanks for the link. Hope your seniors sessions go well.
 
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Re:How to get pictures bright and vibrant? 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
Just be careful when doing the skin. Lindsay Jane has most like run Portraiture or something similar on the images so that the skin looks plastic.
 
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Re:How to get pictures bright and vibrant? 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
I can't see the first website, but on the second one that's an action that's making the photos have that soft glowy look to them. Try Pioneer Woman's "Lovely and Ethereral" action.
 
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Re:How to get pictures bright and vibrant? 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
mbkbmom wrote:
Just be careful when doing the skin. Lindsay Jane has most like run Portraiture or something similar on the images so that the skin looks plastic.
I agree, Portraiture is a great program, BUT you MUST reduce the opacity of that layer to make it look normal... I also erase the eyes, lips, edges of the nose and the hair/hairline... You just want it to look like a nice soft foundation-like (make-up) image, with texture still seen in the skin....
I'm not into 'plastic people' either.
 
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Re:How to get pictures bright and vibrant? 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
What is portraiture?
 
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Re:How to get pictures bright and vibrant? 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
Here's a link explaining it. It's not inexpensive, BUT if you are pro or semi pro it's SO worth it. Saves me a lot of time post processing.
www.imagenomic.com/pt.aspx
 
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I had a whole nuther picture in my head 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
when I read your post, I thought you were doing photos of senior citizens until I looked at the links.
 
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Re:I had a whole nuther picture in my head 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
BabyNurse wrote:
when I read your post, I thought you were doing photos of senior citizens until I looked at the links.

Vivian...me too!
I always think Senior means Senior citizen.
Rosi
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Re:I had a whole nuther picture in my head 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
Ha Ha you guys are funny! Nope not Senior Citizens. lol

Thanks for the portraiture info, I had never heard of that before. I have Lightroom 2 and CSE3 and can do a lot with them already.

Thanks for the info!
 
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Re:How to get pictures bright and vibrant? 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
Your welcome Enjoy shooting.
 
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Re:How to get pictures bright and vibrant? 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
You've got LR so it's easy to and some 'uumph' to your images. I love the contrast slider. Play with it cautiously though, it's default setting is 25, and I find that somewhere around 30 gives it a better look. It will depend on your photos. Photoshop's blending layers also work nicely - I tend to duplicate a layer and change it to the Soft Light blending mode (at a very low opacity). You quickly see it takes out much of the muddy-greyish tones.
 
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