Edits: Simple image adjustments that go a long way.

When I first started shooting, I went to town using actions.  I hadn't the slightest clue what a proper exposure was, and just thought to myself "oh, this will look awesome with Cinnamon's Very Berry action!".  Leaning on photoshop and the use of full blown 100% opacity actions:  total rookie move that all of us probably go through!  And as actions are awesome, and heck, actually helped me figure out the look that I wanted to define my brand (I was always using the action that would brighten the most), they built a wall between me and honing my technical skills.  That being said, don't go hating on me pulling up every single photo from 2010 I took with an action on it!  I STAND BY THOSE CAPPUCCINO COLORED SHOTS!  It's a learning process I wouldn't give up, just like the time I asked "Who's POW MIA?".   I would spend hours upon hours wide-eyed going blind behind my computer screen, trying just the right look to get the feel that I wanted.  And one day, things just clicked.  Seeing that no matter how many photographers I admired and how many of their $99 action packages I bought from links via their flickr profiles , my photos would never quite come to life how I had visualized because I lacked technical skill.  Boom.  I said it.  I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT I WAS DOING.    As I am always learning to shoot in new scenarios, I had to take my camera off of auto mode as well as my brain and learn to shoot the way I wanted to. This video is one of those scenarios where I let everything I have learned fly out the window and shot a series of shots that I love at the wrong exposure...and have to fix it in lightroom.


No, but really, after countless hours years ago spent fawning over photoshop editing until it actually looked worse than the original, I wised up and started shooting with my style in mind, taking "I can fix this in photoshop" out of my mind for good.

BUT AGAIN, when that happens, which, lesbihonest, it does (you like what I did there, huh?), I try to edit as least as possible so that the images correlate seamlessly with the rest of my shots.  Then I check my settings on an over/underexposed/blurry photo to see what I did wrong and analyze the scenario so that I can correct it in the future.

Here's a quick and easy edit to how I took my underexposed ring shot on a concrete balcony to a bright and airy image in, like, less than 5 minutes.  And only that long because I was yakin'.




I can't lie, there are a few old school action images that I still love, so Lord knows I won't hate on some solid actions, ya'll!

And correction:  My underexposed shot's shutterspeed was 1/200th, and I MEANT to say the correct shutter speed was 1/125th, NOT 1/25th.  Sta-sta-studdah.