FAQ : Post-Processing


It seems I picked up a bit of a cold while in San Francisco this past weekend. Okay, it’s more than a bit, but I’m trying to stay optimistic here. It’s gotten to a point where if I can remain cough-free for more than 30 seconds, I’m patting myself on the back. You see…that’s what happens when an Orange County girl tries to befriend a new city…she gets sick! Ooooh, I raise an angry fist at you health gods!

Because it hurts to lie down, sit, stand, crouch, crawl, and/or do a jig, I decided to focus my attention on blogging the most popular FAQ as of late:

How Do You Process Your Images? Are there specific actions you use?

This is a multi-layered question, but the short answer is that I try to keep things as simple as possible when processing my images. As I referenced before on my blog, all the bulk images from a wedding are raw-processed, but any image that is blogable or in a slideshow has been pulled into Photoshop for a little extra lovin’.

Keeping things simple is key, so I basically use only two action sets: Kubota Image Tools and Totally Rad Actions. I’ve learned the hard way that creating a style is imperative, so these action sets have made my life—and photography—so much more enjoyable! It took a while for me to understand fully how each action set would work for me, but once I developed a rhythm and flow, I found what worked best.

I also get asked how my images look “crispy” or have a little “pop” to them…I wish I could say it was some secret I possessed—or that I was better than I really am—but Kevin Kubota’s MAGIC SHARP is the most amazing tool. Ever. Every image on my blog has Magic Sharp run on it…I love it and it’s amazing.

To get a more in depth review on my post-processing, be sure to check out the November issue of Pro Photo Resource. In the article, I discuss the importance of creating a style what specifically I use in Photoshop to achieve certain looks.

The best part of it all is the cool peeps at Totally Rad Actions are offering a $25 discount when you type in STAR as the promo code. Rock on! I’m sure you’ll love working with these actions…Doug Boutwell worked so hard at making them perfect and I’m sure you’ll agree!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to take a shot of DayQuil, have a cup of homeopathic flu tea, and nibble on Saltine crackers…oh the joys of being sick.

**EDIT: For those of you who’ve emailed me and/or Doug about the discount, the promo is expired…sorry!! If it’s renewed again, I’ll be sure to create a new post with updated information! Thanks!**

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  1. Chris L

    November 20th, 2007 at 7:13 pm


  2. Kat Willcox

    November 20th, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    Jasmine, I hope you get better soon. I am sad to here that you are down and out. Thanks for taking the time from your sick bed to answer questions. I hope you have a happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!

  3. cassandra m

    November 20th, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    vitamin c…orange juice…and more vitamin c…some rest might help too…ha.ha. Get better so your taste buds will be 100% by Thur…if your Mom cooks like mine, you don’t won’t to miss out on the good food. 🙂

  4. Monica

    November 20th, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    Hey Jasmine,
    Where do you get the KK Magic Sharp? I can’t find it in sets 1-3, am I missing it? 🙂

  5. erikalais photoblog

    November 20th, 2007 at 8:07 pm

    Hi J* I hope you feel better soon to share with us yours wonderful pics, and thanks for your tips …

  6. photoTristan

    November 20th, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    Jasmine, feel better soon! Funny, I got sick last time I was in SoCal, so it goes both ways 😉

    Monica, I believe Magic Sharp is part of the Kubota Production Tools Volume 1

  7. Sarah

    November 20th, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    In response to Monica’s question – I believe the Magic Sharp is in this production set:

  8. cassandra m

    November 20th, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    P.S…The Pro Photo article you wrote was indeed very helpful. Thanks for sharing the love!

  9. Angela

    November 20th, 2007 at 8:18 pm

    Sorry to hear you’re not well. Airbourne works great! Which filters are your favorites, besides the sharpen? Thanks for the tips:)

  10. Leah Mullett

    November 20th, 2007 at 8:19 pm

    Hi Jasmine! Love your images! Just curious which set of actions has that Magic Sharp in it? I can’t seem to find it. Thanks!

  11. Leah Mullett

    November 20th, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    Nevermind! I read it below after I posted the question! Thanks for all the tips Jasmine and everyone!

  12. Jasmine*

    November 20th, 2007 at 8:27 pm

    Thank you everyone for passing this information back and forth…you people are awesome! 🙂

  13. Monica

    November 20th, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    Hey all!
    Thanks! I have action set 1 and can’t find it. Could it be under a different name? I wonder if there are different versions of set 1?

  14. Monica

    November 20th, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    Doh! Nevermind…
    PRODUCTION SET not action set haha, thanks! 🙂

  15. Jessica

    November 20th, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    It’s in the Production Tools as Sarah mentioned below.

    Thanks Jasmine!

  16. Tanya Perez

    November 20th, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    Hope you feel better soon! 🙂

  17. Christie

    November 20th, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    Hiya, so sorry to hear about the cold, I have a nasty thing right now too and my cousin told me about this really weird but totally effective home remedy, which has helped me keep from coughing constantly. Okay, remember I said weird, you rub Vicks Vapor rum on the bottoms of your feet, then put warm socks on, sounds crazy right, I tried it and it totally works, something about that being a super absorbant part of your skin, who knew. I hope you feel better and thanks for the great tips!!

  18. NATALY

    November 20th, 2007 at 11:16 pm

    I hope you feel better!

  19. Tearsa

    November 20th, 2007 at 11:40 pm

    I’ve always wondered why your pictures looked so crisp…thanks for sharing! Get well soon!

  20. Jodie

    November 21st, 2007 at 12:28 am

    Hi Jasmine, Do you use magic sharp for online images only or for print too. Or do you use another sharpening action for print.

  21. stephanie

    November 21st, 2007 at 1:30 am

    The BEST cough suppressant Vicks Vapo Rub rub on your chest and feet and hold pillow against your chest tight while you sleep to keep the vicks warm… its the best!!!!

  22. david & kimi baxter

    November 21st, 2007 at 1:35 am

    hope you feel better soon! i think you’re workin too hard 🙂

  23. Amanda Key

    November 21st, 2007 at 1:49 am

    Thanks for sharing. Get well soon and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  24. frank manning

    November 21st, 2007 at 3:22 am

    Hey jasmine…thats funny I asked Jessica Claire the same ? about how she gets her images so crisp and sharp, no response(trade secret)..oh well…love ur work just as much and would’nt u know, someone asked u the same ?…thanks for the response, I cant seem to get my images to look as good on my website. I hope u feel better soon…alot of rest and lots of water.

  25. Jeanine

    November 21st, 2007 at 6:15 am

    Hope you get well soon! – @Frank, Jessica posted several times that she uses Magic Sharpen too and this informations can also be found on her FAQ

  26. Yun Na

    November 21st, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    yay! thanks for the reply. You are awesome!

  27. Yun Na

    November 21st, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    Hey does anyone know the exact title of that action? I have the production set…
    thanks 🙂
    Jasmine sorry didn’t get to mention but I hope you get alot of rest with the long weekend. Love your pictures and always look forward to visiting your site. 🙂

  28. Jasmine*

    November 21st, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    Christie and Stephanie…THANK YOU for the Vapor Rub tip! It totally works!! 🙂 Y’all are the BEST!!

  29. Korey

    November 21st, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    My mom’s trick, similar to your other Vapo Rub tricks, is to put it all over her neck and then put a big ski sock around her neck and safety pin it. It keeps your neck warm and vapo-y and feels really good. But you look like a total freak. 😉

  30. Jennifer

    November 21st, 2007 at 10:25 pm

    MAGIC SHARP … is that in Pak one?

  31. Mary

    November 27th, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    hope you’re feelin’ better! let me know if you want me to fed ex you some chicken soup! 🙂 M