Newborn Safety and Posing | Frisco Baby Photographer | Frisco Newborn Photographer

There has been a lot of hype recently over the safety of some newborn poses on images that have been seen floating around on Facebook and Pinterest. As a photographer and a mom, I would like everyone to know that every precaution possible should be taken when taking your child’s photos! No photo should ever put your child at risk or in any potential for danger. What most clients do not know is that most shots that look “unsafe” on Pinterest or Facebook are typically composite shots or the spotter hand has been edited out through Photoshop.

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Sadly, a lot of new photographers or parents wanting to take photos at home may not understand this and then try to replicate a professionals work in an unsafe way. Please, please, please, never put your baby in a glass jar, have your fragile baby’s head or neck be unsupported, have baby hanging from a tree branch (or anything for that matter) from a sling, without being properly trained in how to achieve this look safely!

With that being said, it’s still possible to achieve some of the poses you may be looking for, you just need to make sure that baby’s head be supported at all times, you are doing it in the correct way, and you always have a spotter on hand.

When I do newborn portraits, there are two ways I typically create my poses. Like I stated earlier, I will either work with composites, which means I create an image from overlaying multiple images in Photoshop, or I simply edit out the spotters hand that is supporting the baby using the clone tool.

Below are some examples:

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An example of cloning out the hand supporting baby through Photoshop. Image taken by Lovely Fitzgerald Photography at a Precious Beginnings Newborn Workshop.

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An example of a composite image created by overlaying two different images in Photoshop. Image taken by Lovely Fitzgerald Photography at a Precious Beginnings Newborn Workshop.

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An example of a composite image created by overlaying two different images in Photoshop. Image taken by Lovely Fitzgerald Photography at a Precious Beginnings Newborn Workshop.

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An example of cloning out the hand supporting baby through Photoshop. Image taken by Lovely Fitzgerald Photography at a Precious Beginnings Newborn Workshop.

There is a lot of good information out there on newborn safety, so please do your research and before you hire a photographer or attempt a pose, make sure you are not putting your precious newborn in harms way! No photo is worth injuring your new bundle of joy!

If you are a photographer looking for more information, I highly recommend attending a workshop! All of the images posted here are from a workshop held by Cherise Kiel Photography called Precious Beginnings Newborn Workshop. If you can’t find a workshop in your area, or if it is isn’t possible for you to attend one in person, there are plenty of sites to check out to get more information. Check out You Tube videos for help with Photoshop and how to create composites or watch videos on how to pose. Also, a good site to check out is Shoot Baby!

Whether you are a parent or a photographer, please feel free to ask me any questions you have regarding newborn safety and how to achieve a certain pose safely!! I am more than happy to help!

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How To Create Your Own Photoshop Action | Dallas Photographer

Do you find yourself repeating certain steps for every photo you edit? If so, you can save yourself time and tedious steps by creating your own Photoshop Action. As a portrait photographer, I use actions constantly while editing!

Don’t know what an action is? Basically, an action is a recording of a series of specific Photoshop steps. So, if you are editing a group of photos from one photo shoot, you can save yourself tons of times by simply creating an action. Therefore, instead of having to manually go through all of the steps, you can just click the action you created and it will follow all of the steps for you in just a second or two. This can shave so much time off of your editing!

You may have certain actions that you use on every single photo, such as resizing an image or flattening an image, or you may have actions that you use only on certain images, such as brightening or a special haze effect. You can create endless amounts of actions and pick and choose which you want for a specific image.

Typically, a series of images from one photo shoot will have the same lighting and need similar editing. When this is the case, I like to create a “recipe” of Photoshop Actions, or a series of actions I use to get a desired look.

So, now that you know what a Photoshop action is and how useful it can be for editing your photos you want to know how to create one, right? Well, let’s get started!

First, open up your image and under the Menu Tab select Window>Actions to make sure your actions box pops up.

Once your Actions window is open, you will want to go to the very bottom of the box and click on the Create New Action button, shown below:

When you click this button, another window should pop up looking like this:

From this window you can select different options for your new action.

Name: Select a name for your action. If the action will be used to resize images, you may want to name it “Resize Image,” this way you can easily identify it. This is especially helpful when you have many actions. I have tons and tons of actions so the more specific the name, the better.

Set: You can specify where you want the action to be located within your actions. If you do not have a folder created, I would just recommend leaving it in the Default category.

Function Key: This allows you to set a shortcut for the action. (Another time saver!)

Color: If you want your action to show up as a specific color go ahead and select which one you want. This is helpful when you want to identify this specific action quickly when you have several actions. I only have my most used actions in color to help save me time.

Once you have specified all of the details for your new action, hit the Record button. When you click on the Record button, the red record button on the bottom of your Action window will become red, like this:

When this button is red, anything you do in Photoshop is recorded. So, only do what you want recorded for this specific action. You can record one simple step or you can record several steps at once. I find it easier to keep actions short so that they just cover specific tasks, such as brightening an image, resizing, etc. The more complex your action, the less it may apply to a multitude of images.

When you are ready to stop recording, simply click the stop button (square), directly to the left of the red record button (red circle).

Your actions should look similar to this:

Congratulations! You have now completed the steps to creating your own Photoshop Action. Now, to test your action, open up a new image and try using the action by selecting it and either hitting the shortcut you created for the action or by hitting the play button at the bottom of the screen, like shown below.

Voila! Your action should do exactly what you told it to!!

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How to Reduce Newborn Redness in Photos | Frisco Baby Photographer | Frisco Newborn Photographer

No matter how good of a photographer you are, everyone runs into red skin from time to time. As a newborn and baby photographer, I find this to be especially true of newborns and little ones hands, feet, and elbows.

Getting rid of red skin is not as hard as it looks, it just take some minor tweaks in Photoshop. You can use these techniques in both Photoshop Elements and regular Photoshop.

There are a couple of different ways to do it, but I’m going to show you how to reduce the redness in skin without affecting the rest of the image through using masks.

So, let’s get started!
Go ahead and open your image up in Photoshop, whatever version you may have. As you can see below, the image I have selected to use is a mother holding a newborn baby outside. The newborn has some definite redness on the toes, face ear, fingers and part of the shoulder. So what we want to do is eliminate that redness , but not affect the rest of the picture.

how to reduce newborn redness through photoshop with lovely fitzgerald photography1. Once your image is open, go to your toolbar and click on the brush tool (make sure the opacity is set at 100%) and then click on the mask button, usually at the very bottom of the toolbar. It looks like a rectangular with a circle in the middle. Below is a close up shot of it.

Frisco Newborn PhotographerOnce you select the mask tool, your paint colors should automatically switch to black and white. Make sure you have black selected as your brush color.

Now, with your brush you are going to “paint” over all of the red areas in your photo that you want to correct. The brush strokes should appear as a bright red/orange color like below.

how to reduce newborn redness in photoshopOnce you have all of your red areas painted on, click the mask button one more time. When you do this you will see the “marching ants” or a selection of everything but your red areas, like shown below.

how to reduce newborn redness in photoshopHowever, we actually want the red areas to be selected and not the rest of the image, so what you want to do is go up to the top of your page, click on Select>Inverse, like shown below.

how to reduce red skin in photoshopOnce you do this, the only areas the marching ants should be around are the red areas you painted on earlier. Now that we have the red areas of skin selected, we can start manipulating the skin tone and color.

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So, your next step will be to go over to the right hand side of the screen and to select levels. Again, both Photoshop Elements and regular Photoshop users both have this option. If you aren’t sure which button is the levels, here is a close up view. The levels button is located on the top row and looks kind of like mountains.

Frisco Newborn PhotographerOnce you click on levels, this is what you will see:

Little Elm Newborn PhotographerAs you can see in the second drop down menu in the image above, we have RGB selected. What we want to do is slide that middle arrow/cursor to the left a little bit so that we brighten our selected area up. As you slide that cursor to the left, you will see that some of the redness fades out of your selected area, but the rest of the image is not altered.

Now, once you have your brightness adjusted, click on that second drop down menu and select red. If you slide the cursor to the right (I went up to .9) you add some blue to the selected area, again getting rid of those red tones.

Then go back up to the drop down menu and select blue. If you slide the cursor to the right (I went up to .9 again) you will warm the image back up, but not redden it. You can do the same with yellow, which will warm up your image as well.

Depending on your image, you will need to play with these levels to get the right balance of skin tones. Below is what my image looks like before and after the Level Adjustment I just went through.

BEFORE:

how to edit and correct baby skin in photoshopAFTER LEVEL ADJUSTMENTS:

how to fix skin in photoshopAs you can see, simply adjusting the levels made a huge difference in the newborn’s skin coloring!!

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Now, if you go down to your layers you will see the mask layer and the background layer (shown below). If you click on the “eye” of the mask you can see a quick before and after to show the difference your mask is making. If you don’t like the way your image is looking with the mask you can go back in and adjust those levels again or you can delete the mask and start over.

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Also, on the mask layer, what you see in white is the area that is going to be affected by your edits. If you accidentally painted on an area that you don’t want to be affected, such as the mother’s arm in my image or the flowers, simply select your black brush and paint back over to delete that area from the mask. You can do this the other way around too. If you forgot to add a red area to the mask, simply select your white brush and paint over that area to include it in your mask.

Remember: White is additive and Black is subtractive

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Now, for Element users, this is about as far as you can go, but for full Photoshop users, you can go even one step further by using curves and selective color. If you want to do this, create the beginning steps by creating a mask over the red areas. Then, you can go into selective color (my personal favorite) and adjust the color tones with the cursor the same way we did with the levels.

When you are finished with your mask you will want to merge you image (shift ctrl E) or just simply flatten the image. Then you can continue on with other edits or save and be done! Voila..redness be gone!

Please let me know if any of these steps were confusing or you need a further explanation, as I would be happy to help you out! Be sure to share this with others if you found it helpful!

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Resize your Images for the Web | Photoshop Friday | Dallas Baby Photographer

The larger your file, the less chance you have for attaching it through email and the longer and slower it will take for your computer and others to download and display it. So, to solve this problem, you need to resize your images for the web. However, make sure you understand that web size images should not be used for prints, as they will have too low of a resolution and will result in a blurry and unclear image. So let’s get started…

First, I will show you how to determine the size of your image. Once you have your image open in Photoshop, go to the menu bar at the top, click on Image>Image Size.

Once you click on image size, this lovely little box should pop up for you:

  • At the very top of this box, you can see that the image I have open has a Pixel Dimension of 9.23MP.
  • Right below that, you will get the pixel width and height of the image. If you know the exact pixel dimension you need for your website or facebook, you can manually enter those numbers in here.
  • Directly below the pixel information is the document size of your image. You can see that the photo I have open is 7.167″ wide and 5″ high with a resolution of 300 pixels per inch.
  • The resolution of an image refers to the number of pixels you have in an image. The more pixels you have, the large you can print your image without sacrificing quality and losing detail. When you change the resolution of your image the physical dimensions will not change, just the qaulity and size of the pixels.
  • If you are wanting to resize your image for the web, the typical resolution is 72 dpi. However, if you are printing an image, I recommend having at least 300 dpi.
  • At the very bottom of the box are three little check mark boxes. Make sure that you have Constrain Proportions checked. This way, when you change your dimension width or height, the computer will automatically change the other to keep the image proportions correct. Otherwise, you may end up with a squished or distorted image.

Now that we know the basics of Image Sizing, lets move on to specifically sizing your image for the web.

First, drag your mouse up to the menu bar and click on File>Save for the Web

Once you have clicked Save for the Web, you should see the box below open up.

Let’s take a closer look…

  • Let’s start with the very bottom left hand corner of your image. You will see that the image is in JPEG format and that the image is 269KB and will take the average computer 50 seconds to download. Our goal for a web image is to get your image down to 120KB or lower so the web can load it as fast as possible.
  • Now, to do this you may need to go to the upper right hand corner of the box where it says quality. You will want to click on the little blue arrow. As you slide the quality level up and down you will see the KB and download time change, so simply get it to a point where you are under 120KB.
  • Once you have gotten to 120KB or less, go ahead and click the Save button located in the bottom right of the box and your image will be resized and ready for the web!

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