I took my daughters’ photos for our family Christmas card. My poor DSLR has been shelved for the last several months. I use my iPhone5′s camera almost everywhere we go– photos of food, family, friends, and fun.
But I have this really nice camera with lots of lenses. Just sitting there.
So I pulled it out and used it again. I used to be a photography teacher at one point! I owe it to myself to at least use it once a month!
I ended up begging my friend Charla (a local friend and fellow homeschooling mom) at CharmBox Studios for help. All of my backlit photos had grey skintones. My girls are pale, but not grey!
This is the original photo, straight out of the camera (SOOC).
I had edited it (levels, curves, unsharp mask, and hue/sat) and was really unhappy with the results. Charla recommended I try her Sunshine actions. I used Evening Sun.
If you’ve never used an action before, it is SUPER simple! Just unzip the action and load it up in your Photoshop Actions palette. (there are LOADS of tutorials on YouTube if you need help with that!)
Click a button. Adjust the layers if desired or leave it as-is. PERFECTION.
If you are looking for a great action, I am now in love with these Sunshine actions!
I used Kissed by the Sun on this photo of my younger daughter:
I actually think this one is my favorite of the actions! It adds a great Florida glow to that photo!
And Evening Sun again on this pic of my girls together:
If you’d like to try an action of Charla’s for free, she has one you can try here–> Our Life Action.
Note: I’m just a happy fan of Charla’s and a proud mom who loves to show off her babies. I wasn’t paid to share Charla’s work. I just like it a lot!