You've heard me talk about photoshop actions before.....
If you haven't, they are like little autopilot bits of goodness that take your images from drab to fab in seconds with very little effort from you! (well, as long as you have a GOOD action! there are lots of options out there)
Actions are a nice way to create consistency when editing your photos (if you don't yet have your own editing style). I know most of you who read this blog aren't pros (although some of you are!), your moms who love to take pictures! Some of you are even serious amateurs. If you are a photoshop CS user, your going to LOVE Alex Beadon. She's so my style!
She has some gorgeous before and afters on her site, but I wanted to show you a couple of my own using nothing more than the actions. The images have not been touch by any other tool than the Alex Beadon actions. I also made sure to use snapshots that I took on auto to further prove that you don't need a fancy image to get stunning results when you use these! It was a chilly day out, so although Alex's actions are stunning on warm, cozy images, they look great on cooler weather images as well!
This first image (below the video) was done exactly as her "how to" video shows you. It's a must watch (even if you don't have the actions, but warning, it will make you want them......BAD!).
Edited as video (without Maracas as this is a cool weather image) using actions from the October collection (which is what we are giving away today!). No other editing was done to this images (notice the cookie on his face! LOL).
Below, edited with Sweet and Dreamy (from the November collection) as well as an edge darkening using the Contours action from October collection.
Clearly these are a distinct style. You may not care for the vintage effect, I love it! All actions are completely adjustable so you can play up (or down) any aspect you choose. Below again is the Sweet and Dreamy.
So many times I end up dumping my snapshots into my computer and not doing any more with them because it takes such a n effort to "edit". But that's because I'm looking at them as I look at my paid sessions, I've come to realize that snapshots can be quickly brought to life with actions I love and I don't need to do a full edit on them, actions have it all worked in there and make my snapshots enjoyable to me!
Want to see another one of Alex's amazing edits? Check out this video!
So much fun! She inspires me to want to play more with color!
Alright, now that your all drooling, let's have a GIVEAWAY! One lucky reader will receive the entire October collection of actions from Alex Beadon Photography!
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