I live in an area of the country that is gloomy several months out of the year, and it really stinks for outdoor portraits! I wanted to show you what a little time spent in Photoshop editing can do to transform the weather in your portraits!
Here is my before image – such a cute little expression! However, you can see the dull surroundings I was working with:
Here is a list of things I did to edit this photo:
- Brightened the skin with Curves by pulling the midtones up and anchoring the shadows a bit
- Used the Patch tool to soften the undereye shadows
- Brightened and sharpened the eyes
- Ran Portraiture on its own layer at a low opacity (around 20%)
- Used Curves to add some color to the field – I selected the Red channel and pulled the Red curve upward, adding red to the image. Then I put that layer on Multiply blending mode. I used a soft brush and masked the red off the girl and some of the chair.
- For the sky – I had an image of the sky I had taken previously (on a nice day!) I pasted it on top of my image and used masking so it only appeared over the overcast sky. I also blurred it using the Gaussian Blur filter so it wasn’t in focus.
- Added a little light on the right side by creating a white solid color layer, setting it to Screen blending mode, and using the Gradient tool on the mask so the ‘light’ was only coming from one side
Here is the ‘After’:
There. We added a little color to the dreary surroundings. :)
Do you have any good tips on shooting in gloomy weather? Thanks for stopping by!