One of my favorite things to photograph is flowers in vases.
I don’t know why. I guess because the result of said photo is such a bright and fresh look.
I shot both of these photographs in some amazing natural light. Which definitely helps when you’re trying to achieve a look like this.
But I also have another way of getting shots like this when it comes to editing! I always love a good Photoshop Action but sometimes I just want to completely customize my own edits. So I taught myself a little something. And I figured I’d share it with ya!
Oh, and I do not claim to be any sort of pro at this photography or editing stuff. I’m just sharing with you a method I learned by myself that I have come to really love!
*Note: these are tips based off of using Photoshop Elements
TIP #1 – shoot in RAW. Because when you shoot in RAW and open your images in Photoshop, you get a chance to change some basic, yet detailed things about your photo like contrast, brightness, temperature, white balance, clarity, and MUCHO more.
To open your RAW image in Elements, click “open image(s)” in the bottom right hand corner.
TIP #2 – Use an Adjustment Layer. To do this you need to select the “Layer” tab at the top of your Photoshop Elements toolbar and hover over the “New Adjustement Layer”.
This gives you multiple options here but the two I normally choose are “Levels” or “Brightness/Contrast”.
Once you click those, it brings up a “New Layer” box.
You can name your layer, if you like. It helps keep things organized.
Before you hit “Ok”, you want to choose a “mode”.
And this, my friends, is the trick of how I achieve photos like this:
The mode I choose is “screen”.
Once you do that, you will see a “brightness” & “contrast” adjustment option in the right hand corner of Elements.
This is where you can adjust the screen to look hazy, or bright, or more contrasted.
And there you have it! A quick and simple way to give your photo a fresh, but not too harsh, edit!