Saturday evening my husband and four daughters attended our homeschool group Father/Daughter Dance, one of the highlights of a father’s existence. The fun for the mother (before she enjoys a quiet night at home or a mother/son date) is photographing them as they leave.
We had a lot of rain last week and honestly, I was just happy that it wasn’t too cold or wet when we took these pictures. Cloudy weather can enhance a photo by softening the intensity of the sun or making an interesting skyline, but in this case it looks dismal.
I decided to warm up these shots with some artificial sunshine!
- Use the Make It Better – Auto Tone preset, a free download on Sean McGrath Free and Premium Lightroom Presets page. This boosts color saturation and contrast.
- Apply the Sunflare Left RAW preset for Lightroom from Pretty Presets (download it for free at Lightroom Killer Tips).
- Apply a light vignette (darken the edges).
The warmth adds a lot, doesn’t it? The Sunflare Left preset is designed to be used on images shot in RAW and uses a series of graduated filters, which you can drag and shift if you want the flare effect to come from a slightly different angle.
With my youngest daughter I chose black and white: she has the remains of a red Kool-aid mustache (I rubbed off a lot of it with a baby wipe, but it’s still there) and light blue/green eyeshadow that her sister applied (I’m not fond of make-up on 7 year olds), so I thought eliminating color was a good idea here.
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