I’ve been experimenting a little bit lately with Photography and editing my photos. I used to be in love with Photography right around the time I started college, but fell away from it as I got older. Then when I started White Cottage Boutique, and my business restoring furniture, I got back out my (by then “old”) camera and started taking photos of my work. Photos are such a huge part of being a blogger, that you are constantly trying to improve your work. I don’t mind taking the photos, but I can’t tell you how much I love editing photos. I could edit photos all day, everyday and be completely happy! Especially with Florabella Action Sets.
Florabella Action Sets have changed the way I take and edit photos for my daily life and for my blog! I never took the time to get really skilled with Photoshop, but these sets make it so I really don’t need to know much about it to create stunning pictures.
If you’re not familiar with what Photoshop actions are, they are basically a recorded set of steps in Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements) that can be saved and used over and over again. (At least that’s the simplest way I can explain it). They’re basically presets in Photoshop.
Today I’m going to show you how I edited this photo of a Rose my husband gave me for Valentines Day that is actually being used as a decoration for my photoshoot of the Stephanie Set. I edited all the photos of this set with Florabella Actions, but I fell in love with the way this rose looked and snapped a few quick pictures just to play with. I love using Florabella, and my favorite action set that I have is Colorplay. I use this on almost all of my editing for my work photos. It helps me bring out the beauty in a piece and correct the colors so they are more accurate.
(As a side note: All the images on my site are only edited to adjust brightness and to correct colors to make it more accurate. We do not remove texture or imperfections from our photos. This is an example of some of the more artistic effects that can be achieved with the Colorplay set).
Honestly, I didn’t even realize how dull this photo was until I started using these sets. Everything looks like it’s been grey washed, and the color isn’t very close to what it looks like in real life. I set up my actions on the left hand side of the screen, and my layers on the right (which is how you can tweak the effect).
The first thing I did with this photo is run an action called Clean Base from the set. It gives you all the basics that you need to adjust a photo, and is ideal for setting up a photo for the artistic effects. Most of the time when I’m editing photos for White Cottage Boutique, I use an “all-in-one” action called Perfect Color and nothing else. It’s a little bit more robust than Clean Base, and perfect for when I know I’m not going to get all artsy on the photo.
Every time I run the Clean Base or Perfect Color Actions my mind is bn. I just clicked a button and my photo instantly looks more alive! You can adjust sub settings in each action to make small tweaks to the effect. I lightened up the photo a bit more and increased the color pop.
I could have stopped here, but I wanted to demonstrate some of the fun add on effects you can play with inside the Colorplay set. So the next thing I did is play an add-on action called Buttercream. I love this action when I edit pictures of little kids. It ads a sunny haze that makes their skin just g.
Next I added a second add-on just for fun called Earth, but I removed a lot of the effect and toned it down so it was more subtle.
Earth adds a really peachy haze to the entire photo along with a strong vignette. You can see that I removed a lot of the layers in the action to tone it down.
To top off the effect, I added a matte finish, and tweaked a few more settings inside the clean base action to balance out the effects.
I love using these sets. They are, in my opinion, the best kept secret in the photography world. Plus, the photographer behind Florabella is AMAZING! She really is inspirational. There are tones of tutorials on the Florabella site on how you can use their actions and textures to make your photos stand out.