Erika Thornes describes what she looks for in picking kids photos to edit. She looks for genuine emotion, environment that tells a story, and a bit of humor. It doesn’t have to be a traditional hero shot, but it should tell the story of the child.
- [Instructor] What makes a great kid's photo is often a bit different than photos of adults, and it's that very difference that makes them so much fun. With kids, I like to take hero shots. By that I don't mean that they are wearing capes and wielding swords, although they could, and I've done it. I mean photos that have emotion, engagement, and show personality. They don't have to be in a power pose or wear a mask or goggles, but they beam personality. Favorite clothes help, or interacting with their environment. They can have tons of quirk, but what would be mortifying to an adult can often be a huge source of pride to a child.
They can totally be covered in sand, be soaking wet and full of joy. You can even have atypical posing, because that's what's natural to the child. No need for formality. A foam crown can totally tell a great story. Sometimes, just the discovery that they're getting a bit bigger is really fun to capture. While the interaction between a pet is always sweet, or the clinging to mom for dear life, or running away, not wanting any of it, not one of these images would work well for an adult portrait, but they are fantastic examples of kids being kids, which in most cases, means the pics will require just a little bit of cleaning up.
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