Recently I have been thinking about doing more portraits, though not so much the fine art ones, but more just normal portraits. I still love the idea of doing portraits of teenagers as they are finishing school and moving onto the next part of their lives. I have discussed this before, the idea of doing them here, and how the whole concept of Senior Portraits wouldn’t work in Australia. I am still thinking of names, but I did get to take some lovely photos of a friends daughter last weekend.
She is a gorgeous girl, but has issues about her body (what teenage girl doesn’t?), so we did more head shots, which I think she was more comfortable about.
I have been looking at lots of portraits lately, and looking at what the photographers do to them. I have also been hearing a lot about actions. Actions are like recordings of processes in Photoshop that you can then play over and over again. You just click a button and then things happen before your eyes. They are quite amazing.
I seem to see actions everywhere at the moment. You know how when you suddenly become aware of something, how it seems to be all around you, well, that’s what’s happening with actions.
You can find free ones on the internet, and you can also buy them. I was given some actions by Lara Jade when I did an online course that she was teaching.
After a couple of clicks, this is what I got. You can change some things, but it can give you a great overall effect.
Then during the week I was sent a discount coupon for Greater than Gatsby. They sell actions, and you can end up with some great ones, the following image was done with one of theirs.
Of course you have to learn how to use them, and I am sure eventually I will get the hang of it, but it is interesting to see what results you can get with them.
I purchased The Radiance Collection from Greater than Gatsby and it came with 110 actions. I have only played with a few of them so far, but I was really impressed with what you got.
This image I did myself. I tried some things I had learned from Lara’s workshop. I don’t mind this at all. My next step is recording my own actions. I have tried it a couple of times, and some things have worked and some haven’t, but I think I just need to practice more.
I think I am going to like actions, though I think it could be something that I need to work out how to do myself. I hope my friends daughter likes what I have done to her images.
Here is a gallery for you. The first image of each pose is the original with hardly any editing, and then the actions applied to them.