Before & After, Rainy Days | Child Photographer in Honolulu

Well, since those of us here in Hawaii are getting rained (more like a downpour) on due to a tropical depression in the pacific, I thought, “Hey, wouldn’t it be great to re-edit an image taken in the rain?” I am loving the rain so far, because it’s usually drier here in Honolulu and it’s a great change of scenery (plus, I don’t have to water my grass haha).

To me, this image started off pretty “dull” due to the overcast and rainy skies, so I just wanted to liven things up. I specifically chose a longer focal length because I wanted to let them explore along with compressing the background to isolate the raindrops. Let’s start!

SOOC: ISO100 f/2.0 1/500 on the 135L

Step 1: The first thing I noticed was how bright the umbrellas were, so I opened up an adjustment brush and lowered the exposure/highlights on that.
Image Tutorial, Child Photography in Honolulu, HawaiiStep 2: I applied some adjustments in the Basic panel to bring out the colors. I added a midtones bump in the Tone Curve panel to brighten the image overall.
Image Tutorial, Child Photography in Honolulu, HawaiiStep 2a: Continued down to the HSL panel where I livened up the background by removing most of the yellows.
Image Tutorial, Child Photography in Honolulu, HawaiiStep 3: I thought the image could use a little more brightening (check the Histogram) so I upped exposure by +0.30. Then I added a vignette and there’s a little trick to see what you’re doing by holding down the ALT key while adjusting the Feather slider.
Image Tutorial, Child Photography in Honolulu, HawaiiStep 3b: See how the vignette gives the image a little more depth?
Image Tutorial, Child Photography in Honolulu, HawaiiStep 3c: I lowered the exposure on the area to the right of the girl to keep the eyes drawn to the children. After that, sharpen!
Image Tutorial, Child Photography in Honolulu, HawaiiImage Tutorial, Child Photography in Honolulu, HawaiiFinal image:
Image Tutorial, Child Photography in Honolulu, HawaiiI hope you enjoyed that. Feel free to leave any remarks or questions in the comments area.

Sharleen is natural light portrait & lifestyle photographer located in Honolulu, Hawaii. She provides professional photography sessions for families, children, expecting mothers, newborns in the hospital and at home, and couples as well as engagements. If you would like to learn more about your own custom portrait session, please email Sharleen at hello@sharleenmeyphotography.com.

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