Polishing Photography With Photoshop

It’s been years since I used Photoshop. I think I may have taken one of the first Photoshop courses offered at Peninsula College back in 2001. Back then, it was used to enhance photography into more of a graphic design element for advertising layouts. I had a lot of fun with those classes, but since then have struggled with the idea of using it in my portraiture since I’m a fan of photojournalism.

As I shared last week, I’ve updated my business and skills to include processing with Photoshop instead of simple cropping or adjusting exposure. And, I’m super excited at the results. It’s been a struggle to add this as I’m kind of a purist, and don’t want to over-use Photoshop or be lumped into the camp of photographers who abuse it. So, today I want to show you an example of how I’m using photoshop to enhance a portrait:


Basically, I corrected skin tone for something like this photo shoot when we were photographing in the shade. While doing this, I realized how some photographer’s photos look so vibrant – like with more intense color than I know we can see with the eye on a bright sunny day – magic of photoshop! And, I’m really happy to “level-up” my people photography and make them look their best.