B&A Tutorial, Newborn | Honolulu Newborn Photography

Happy Monday! For this week, I am going to show you how I processed this newborn image. If you didn’t know, I shoot newborn sessions in the comfort of my client’s home, so I am always trying to find the best light throughout the house. Here, I used their sliding glass door (that’s what I usually go for) and it provided the perfect amount of light.

For newborn images, I try my best to get the best possible image straight out of the camera since I usually have to do more “work” with editing these types of sessions. I like to aim for a 45-degree angle (baby to light) because I prefer softer shadows. The adorable little Miss here already had great skin to begin with, so that made processing a breeze! I will be using a combination of Lightroom and Photoshop, let’s get started.

SOOC: ISO500 f/2.5 1/250 with the Sigma 35 ART

Step 1: I tend to edit warm, so I warmed up the image and did the usual edit I apply to all my images. I made very little adjustments in the HSL panel, just to remove a bit of the yellows and brighten up her skin.
Newborn Image Tutorial for Honolulu Newborn PhotographyNewborn Image Tutorial for Honolulu Newborn PhotographyStep 2: Brought down exposure + highlights from the direction of the light.
Newborn Image Tutorial for Honolulu Newborn PhotographyNewborn Image Tutorial for Honolulu Newborn PhotographyStep 4: Brought the image into Photoshop and cleaned up baby’s scratches with the Patch tool. Remember, always on a new layer ;).
Newborn Image Tutorial for Honolulu Newborn PhotographyStep 5: Time to blend in the blanket a bit! I created a new layer, selected my paint brush tool and held down ALT to select a shade from the image. I brushed onto the layer with a low-flow brush and added a layer mask to brush off any mistakes. I then lowered the opacity of the entire layer.
Image-Tutorial-Newborn-Photographer-Hawaii-06Image-Tutorial-Newborn-Photographer-Hawaii-07Step 6: I added a beige Color Fill layer and set it to Soft Light to add some airiness/softness to the image.
Image-Tutorial-Newborn-Photographer-Hawaii-08Step 7: I reduced the redness where it was needed on baby with a Hue/Sat layer. I then flattened the layers, saved, and it transferred back into Lightroom.
Image-Tutorial-Newborn-Photographer-Hawaii-09Step 8: Sharpen, and you’re ready for export!
Image-Tutorial-Newborn-Photographer-Hawaii-10Final Image:
Newborn Image Tutorial for Honolulu Newborn PhotographyThanks for reading!

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