Last night I had a sunset shoot with a really fun group of kids ages 4, 6, and 8. We had a good time running around the park, and we couldn't have asked for better conditions. On of my favorite pictures was a picture of all three kids near the edge of a pond. Originally I had hoped to get all three kids looking out over the pond but the youngest was kinda all over the place. As it turns out I ended up loving this picture because she is not looking out like the other two because she is definitely different from them.
So, here's the picture straight out of the camer with power lines and all. Shot in RAW I did tweak the conversion settings a bit. ISO 100, SS 200, F-stop: 3.5, 50mm, no flash.
So, the first thing I did was get rid of those darn power lines.
Next, I ran the Boutwell Studio Totally Rad Action: Oh Snap! which gives the picture a contrast and saturation boost while defogging it. I dropped to opacity of the action group down to 30% though because I really just wanted a little bit of a boost.
Next, I ran the Boutwell Studio Totally Rad Action: Warm It up Kris. I dropped the opacity of this layer to 67% (really, I just eye ball these things). I also applied a layer mask to take some of the warm back out of the grass so it wouldn't end up orange looking.
Next, I created a curves adjustment layer to bring up the midtones a little bit to lighten up the faces mostly.
Finally, I ran Nik Color Effect filter for Brilliance and Warmth on the picture. This intensified the warmth of the picture to highlight the sunset and gave the color a pop too. I used a layer mask to back some of the color off the children's faces where I felt the effect was too strong.
Finally, I felt that the picture was a little too centered so I cropped out a bunch of the left side. The "finished" product which was used for the client sneak peek: