Portrait Editing | Simple Beauty Portrait

Before and after editing of an alternative fantasy beauty portrait

Editing portraits, especially camera phone portraits, doesn’t have to be complicated or too time-consuming.

Sometimes it’s just as simple as one or a few favorite apps to get your portrait photography ready to share.

My favorite portrait editing apps:

  • Lightroom: Create presets to get a consistent look across your photo shoot. Great for vignettes, lighting effects, color toning.
  • Facetune: Great for making details pop, adding our effects (including faux lens blur), lighting effects, healing, and textures.

The more simplified you can make your process, the easier and quicker it’ll be to create and edit beautiful photo sets without having to turn on a desktop and pull out a tablet. With a few apps, you can shoot and edit beautiful portraits on your phone or iPod!

What are your favorite editing apps? How do you streamline your editing process?

Blue Witch | Fantasy Portrait | Photography Inspiration

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What kinds of characters are your favorite to photograph?

Witches? Fashion icons? Deities? A genre?

Inspiration in the photography studio is key, as exploring what captures our interest is what propels us to create new projects!

Not all inspirations are going to be what’s best for us, however. Sometimes something we love appreciating isn’t what we love creating?

I adore fashion and OOTD photography, but I’m still exploring how its creation is meaningful to me and how I best enjoy translating it in my own way.

What inspires your photography?

What genres of photography do you admire but find difficult to recreate yourself?

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Blue Witch | Glow | Fantasy Portraits in a Small Studio

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A gorgeous fantasy shoot is sometimes as simple as a blanket hanging on the wall, a caplet made from thrifted curtains strung on a ribbon, and a touch-light.

With custom PS brushes (from a picture of an orchid taken a few years ago) and a fave DSLR, of course.

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The studio keeps getting smaller and smaller as Blessed Shadows expands and inventory continues to build, so it’s great to remember that beautiful photography doesn’t require a fancy studio.

My laptop is a decade old (if not older), the DSLR is a decade old, as well as my version of PS.  The newest piece of equipment I use for photography is my iPod 4th generation, used in some of the more selfie-style portraits.

 

We don’t need huge studios, expensive equipment, and the latest gadgets to create great work.

 Let’s upgrade as needed, and not sell ourselves short with a self-imposed expectation of needing all these other things to create.  It’s great to treat ourselves and improve what we’ve claimed as a studio, but there is no shortcut for just creating.

 

A $200 isn’t going to be a game-changer, $19 ones can be amazing.

Expensive equipment isn’t going to sell our work, we are.

 

Let’s keep creating with what we have, treat ourselves responsibly and accordingly, and do our best to think and act big on a small budget when we need.

 

 

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Selfie style portraits have been so much fun, as they have a different energy than my other portrait photography, but there’s no replacing the stunning lighting and moody detail that comes with a good old DLSR.

The studio will soon be home to a new lens for my Nikon DLSRs, but there is also good reason to start saving up to invest in a good phone camera as well.

 

What are your thoughts?

 

Are you fully committed to your DLSR, or to your camera phone?  Or do you have a healthy balance of prioritizing both types of cameras for your photography?

How do you balance portfolio and blog building between the two types of cameras?

 

Let me hear your thoughts, and share this post with friends to get their feedback, as well!

 

 

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