I have grown so much in my understanding of photography & the right lighting in my past 2 years of blogging. Honestly, I look back at old my old photos and cringe.
Together with my Canon t3i (found HERE) & 50 mm 1.8 lens (I bought mine HERE), I think I have finally learned how to take a decent photo. I have recently fallen in love with the soft "peachy" vintage look. Not everyone loves this effect, but I think it looks so romantic! Here is a quick tutorial on how I add "soft light" to my photography in Photoshop.
First you need a nice picture. Try to take it in natural lighting.
To add a extra lighting to your image, use curves.
Drag the line up or down until you get the amount of brightness you want.
To add a vintage "tint" add a solid color in the layer above your curves and original photo.
I like to use the peach color. It especially helps to choose a color tone that already exists in your photo.
Lower the opacity until you can only see a slight hint of color. You can always hide and un-hide the layer (using the eye next to each layer) to see the difference.
If you have hundreds of photos to edit (like I do!) and you want to use the same effect, you can always mass edit the same effect onto the other photos by dragging the effect layers onto the un-edited image. This method works best when the photos were taken with the same subject and/or were taken under the same lighting condition.
You can always quickly adjust the "effect" by double clicking on the layer you want to edit.
So there you have it!
Quite a before and after, right?