The first, and most important step in editing kids photos is to get exposure and white balance right in Lightroom. Once you’ve got those two factors down, the rest becomes easy, Erika Thornes teaches.
- [Instructor] The very first step in a clean edit…is adjusting exposure and white balance.…Let's take a look at a few examples.…It's much easier to get a good white balance…if we have proper exposure first,…so let's up the exposure here.…Alright, so now since she's surrounded by green…my eyes could deceive me when I'm…trying to adjust for white balance,…so I'm going to zoom in directly on her cheek,…and so that way I can look at this…to make sure that my white balance is set pretty well.…Now this isn't bad but I'm going to…fiddle around with it just to see what else we can get.…See, if I go this way I know there's…way too much green it, so let's go this way.…
That's looking pretty good.…Alright, I like that.…Let's do a before and after to double check it.…Yes, look how much better that is.…Let's move on to the next image.…Now this image I'm worried about…the blue and purple undertones in his face,…but let's come up close and grab a white balance.…Eh, that didn't work so well, it looks a little green.…Sometimes grabbing the white shirt…
In this course, photographer Erika Thornes shows how to review a kid photo shoot to find the best shot of the bunch. Then, she dives into Lightroom and Photoshop and details a variety of retouching challenges and solutions—including cleaning up that messy nose.
- Selecting and editing the hero shot
- Making a clean edit in Lightroom
- Adjusting exposure and white balance
- Cropping images
- Working with layers and masks
- Using Photoshop to remove stray hairs, brighten eyes, and remove scabs
- Swapping faces in Photoshop