Photoshop Actions + Post Processing


Happy Monday and I hope life is sweet…as sweet as a warm s’more. Mmmmm, sugar. Is it too early in the morning to be craving such terrible goodies? No, didn’t think so either. It’s Monday and last I heard calories don’t count at the beginning of the week. Speaking of this week, I’m working on a new Shooting Star which will be posted in a couple days where I address photographing preparation details. As the lead photographer, I’m with the bride as she prepares…and JD is with the groom. Our approaches are entirely different, but I’ll get into the details later. For now, I just wanted to post a few of his pictures to give a few samples of his work as they’ll be used as examples at a later point.

All of these photos were outsourced to Photographer’s Edit and processed with Adobe Lightroom. I’ve edited them with Kubota Photoshop Actions and used BlogStomp for sharpening and the application of the photo border.

JD takes a fully photojournalistic approach to preparation photos. Jeff and his groomsmen arrived in the morning and decided to play croquet…sorta…
Saturation: -100
Bronzed God: 17%
Contrast: +2

Most of the time, a groom just wants to hang out with his friends and have a great time…
Fassion Passion: 9%
B/W Enrichment: 13%

Pieter was one of the sweetest and tender-hearted grooms…ever. His future wife wrote him a love note that brought him to tears and JD captured the precious moment.
Saturation: -100
Black Satin B&W 4: 36%

Often a bride gives her groom a wedding gift…Jody’s reaction to his new iPad is priceless…
Saturation: -100
Contrast: +2
BW 70/20/10
Bronzed God: 6%

…but Jody’s reaction to realizing Shannon loaded it with personal photos is even better…
KPD X-Process Combo: 7%
B&W Enrichment: 10%

Vince was one cool and laid back groom. He prepared by himself and enjoyed a brief moment of respite before the craziness of the day…
Kiyoko Punch: 15%
Creme Bruleee: 5%

Making sure the guys are enjoying their time and each other’s company is JD’s top priority…
Saturation: -100
Black Satin B&W 4: 36%

There’s always one groomsmen who makes the day extra fun…
Kiyoko Punch: 14%

This was posted for a few reasons, but the main one was to express how thankful I am to have such a solid partner. In business…and life. JD’s contributions to the wedding portfolio are immeasurable and I hope these Photoshop tips also helped a bit. To see more blog entries related to post processing, feel free to CLICK HERE (also, this post refers to the first action set I purchased and how helpful it was).

Happy Monday!

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  1. Sue Gauthier

    August 1st, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    You’re very lucky to have JD as a photographer working with you.
    Kudos to you, both. Great "eye" JD!!

  2. Trish

    August 1st, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    great post – everyone processes differently & it can make or break all your hard work πŸ™‚

  3. Jamie

    August 1st, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    LOVE these posts! I print ’em out and keep them to refer to or when I need a boost. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Rachel Tatem

    August 1st, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I like how you and your husband’s takes on photography are so different and yet work together so well!

  5. Abby Grace Photography

    August 1st, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I love how and JD are not only husband and wife as well as business partners- you’re partners in life. You do life together, and I love the humility with which you approach one another. It makes me wish my husband is a photographer πŸ™‚

  6. Shauna

    August 1st, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Love the subtlety of your post processing… and of course, JD’s work. πŸ˜‰

  7. Sean

    August 1st, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Thanks as always, Jasmine! Great information. What should really be noted about your images is that they are not OVERLY processed. The integrity of your images has not been destroyed by your intelligent use of actions. Too many photographers think that actions used at 100% is the way to go. It’s not!

  8. Keri

    August 1st, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Can you mention what action set that it is that you purchased?

    I think I need to employ a fun loving male to help with those groomsman shots…. They don’t seem to open up to me like they do JD. Hmmm

  9. Kristin Nicole

    August 1st, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Totally agree that having a great partner makes all the difference, can’t imagine what I would do without my husband at every wedding!

  10. Christina

    August 1st, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you for the post! Which Kubota Action set did you purchase?

  11. Gabby / En Route Photography

    August 1st, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I must admit I’m a little bit jealous of your JD! πŸ˜‰ I need to find a photographic partner in crime… and it definitely won’t be my boyfriend! (unfortunately)

  12. Jason Silver

    August 1st, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Hi Jasmine – You send these all to photographers edit and then work on them again after P/E have ? and add sharpening again after PE – Thanks Jason

  13. Lydia

    August 1st, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    JD is amazing! I wouldn’t be able to do my job without a good partner, so I’m thankful my sister steps in time and time again to help out!

  14. Tim King

    August 1st, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Do you want a smore?

    S’more of what?

    A smore!

    Hahaha, love that movie, but I love your posts even more. If I remember correctly, today is your "friday"?

    In that case – throw on some Rebecca black, kick back, and have some fun! Missed you this week in Denver – hope you guys are doing well!

  15. Danielle/Almondphotography

    August 1st, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I was thinking last night about how I wished I would have asked you to speak to taking prep pictures and before-the-wedding pics with groomsmen. Glad to see where you’re head is at πŸ˜€ Can’t wait to learn more.

  16. Sandra Fazzino

    August 1st, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    JD is my idol. Or maybe I should say I want JD to be MY husband’s idol. From your descriptions he seems patient, supportive, organized, sans-ego, and as loving as they come. Not to mention, he can shoot a great photo.

  17. Heather

    August 1st, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I have the same question as Jason Silver. You send your photos to Photographer’s Edit and then you re-process them when they come back? Why?
    Thanks so much for all your help Jasmine!!

  18. Rachel Marie Photography

    August 1st, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    These behind the scenes posts are my fave! keep em comin’

  19. Falcon

    August 2nd, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Words cannot express how excited and inspired your posts make me! And it’s not only your photos but your words, you’re such a wonderful storyteller. When I move back to the states I’m totally doing the Workshop no matter which state it’ll be in!

  20. Jasmine*

    August 2nd, 2011 at 12:33 am

    @Heather + @JasonSilver: No, I don’t normally edit photos when they come back from Photographer’s Edit. I did, however, for this post because they were the photos I had archived on my computer. In full disclosure, I wanted to let readers know they had already been cleaned up in Lightroom. @Christina: I have a few Kubota Action sets, but starting with Artistic Tools V1 is a great place to get a solid idea of actions and help discover your style. I also use Production Tools because Magic Sharp is a lovely sharpening action…lurve it! If you’re looking to add to your actions, Artistic Tools V3 is great as I’m a huge fan of Fashion Passion…it gives a nice editorial feel when run at a low opacity. Hope this helps! πŸ™‚

  21. Alex R

    August 2nd, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Awesome! Looking forward to the next shooting star! Thanks Jasmine πŸ™‚

  22. Papi

    August 2nd, 2011 at 2:13 am

    Don’t know much about history, don’t know much biology; Don’t know much about geography,
    And don’t know much trigonometry nor photography…But I do know that I love you,
    and I know that if you love me, too, what a wonderful world this would be. Dad

  23. Jess Robertson

    August 2nd, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Thank you, Jasmine! I’m so excited to look into BlogStomp. I’ve been looking for a way to make that process quicker πŸ™‚

  24. Heather

    August 2nd, 2011 at 5:10 am

    Thanks for the reply, Jasmine! It totally lowered my stress level. I get what you’re saying now. Thanks so much for all the amazing information you share – I appreciate it soo much!

  25. aubry {phoenix wedding photographer}

    August 2nd, 2011 at 6:33 am

    you know you are good when you don’t even think twice about giving up your editing secrets. that’s one of many reasons why i love you so much. thanks for the tips and now i just need to find me a good assistant.

  26. Sara

    August 2nd, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I just realized I recognize a groom in one of these pictures… HI MIKE! πŸ™‚

    …and I love seeing JD’s perspective with the guys.

    …and the groom crying with his love note – so sweet.

  27. Molly

    August 2nd, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    These pictures are wonderful. I love how even though you use different actions all the coloring of your images still flow.

  28. Sandy

    August 3rd, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Hi Jasmine! You said you use Kubota Photoshop Actions, but do you ever use Kubota Actions in Lightroom? If no, why don’t you use Kubota Actions in Lightroom? Wouldn’t it be faster to use the Kubota Actions in Lightroom? Thank you πŸ™‚

  29. seabass

    August 3rd, 2011 at 11:22 am

    i really like the second to last one! go chu!(:

  30. Danielle Bryan

    August 3rd, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Jasmine, i was just curious about you outsourcing your photos, when you edit them as well… Or do you do it only on blog photos??
    LOVE LOVE you & JD’s work!!! Thank you for all your tips!!!

  31. kelsey {las vegas wedding photographer}

    August 7th, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Love the black and whites!

  32. Kathleen Clipper

    August 9th, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Love the idea of an iPad with loaded images for a wedding gift. Anything with photographs involved is a great gift in my opinion!

  33. Bobbie Brown

    August 17th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Okay, I am totally craving a S’more now!!! I haven’t been able to keep up with your blog lately, and am playing a little bit of catch up now…just wanted to say love all your stuff, your images are amazing! And thanks for always sharing πŸ™‚