I constantly keep getting asked by people of my workflow and how I edit my photos. My editing is usually very simple and I use few photoshop actions which are free to use.
In this post I have briefly explained set of my favorite actions which I use and demonstrated on a pic I clicked for day 66. Hope this gives some insight on how processing can be very simple and easy, though it is time consuming over time you will automatically know the set of actions you like and can quickly edit the pictures.
I don’t use lightroom but use only software freely available. My workflow includes editing RAW files in Nikon ViewNX and further editing in Photoshop CS2. In ViewNX I do basic editing on Raw files like exposure compensation and white balance correction.
Actions are very easy to use and I have a palette of actions. I have starred the ones which I frequently use in photoshop.
To use actions in Photoshop, just follow below simple steps. These have been edited in Photoshop CS2, they may vary in other versions.
1. Ensure that Action Window is visible – by clicking Windows-> Actions (Use Alt+F9)
2. Click on the arrow sign on Actions window on right hand corner and select Load Action
The final image after being processed
Check out for yourself below how these actions makes a huge difference in processing and final tones of the image.
The original Picture
vintage by Scott Metts bright cream tone, check this action here .
Bleached brown action from Nightfate, I extensively use this action, most of my street shots from previous posts were processed using this action. Thanks Nightfate!
Cheerful action by lieveheersbeestje, check this action here.
Yellow Breeze by Bokehlie, check this action here.
Cinnamon Action by Jules1983, check this action here.
Free Primrose action by Florabella collection, for downloading this action, like her
Alexskylar soft beach vintage action
I am not much of a fan of black and white processing, but they are essential at times. I couldn’t locate the exact action on web, but check out black and white action sets available on tripwiremagzine.