If you read the comments two posts down from this one I was asked this question:
So I have a question for you. You said that you use things in Photoshop to get your pictures the way you want them to look. Do you use actions? What set do you use? Okay I can take the pictures, but editing them is a totally different thing. Photoshop was not around when I took photography. It is so different now.
I have also received several emails asking similar questions. So here is my attempt at answering the questions.
Photo editing also called post processing IS a lot different than knowing how to correctly operate your camera, in fact it is a world of its own. The options for photo editing today are endless and I think this is super cool, because it gives the photographer/artist more of a chance to express themselves and make their work unique. I admit I am still learning about post processing and I am still experimenting with different techniques and finding new and better ways to make my pictures unique. A really good way to start learning about how to edit your pictures is to experiment. I do use actions and my favorites are Totally Rad and Kevin Kobota’s Actions. I know they are pricey, so if your not ready to spend the money, Totally Rad has a free set you can download and pioneer women have several free actions on their blog that you can download here. After I have done some basic editing in Adobe’s camera RAW I open the file in photo shop and the fun begins. So if you have photoshop get some actions and start playing around with them. One last thing. Be careful not to over process your photos. Sometimes a pretty decent photo is best with minor editing and I am a strong beliver in NOT photo shoping the poo out of your picture. It can ruin something really great. (of coarse this last part is just my opinion)There are many PP recipes but here is one of my favorites that has kind of a vintage feel