Tools

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So Saguaro Shadows Photography has been busy with weddings, babies, and portraits. So what tools do we use on our images?

We start with importing all our images into Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom allows us to quickly import, tag, organize, and select our "winner" images. For many images, that's where it ends. Lightroom's basic editing capabilities provide all the editing the image needs.

But for images that need extra special care, we export to Photoshop. Once in Photoshop we have a variety of tools to choose from, depending on the need.

My sharpening tool of choice is Photokit Sharpener. Photokit provides an excellent sharpening tool for import sharpening, special targeted sharpening, and final output sharpening.

From there, I generally move to Nik Software's tools. I use Viveza 2 for targeted adjustments and Color Efex Pro for other adjustments.

The tool I turned to most often within Color Efex Pro is the darken/lighten center tool. This tool provides a dramatic improvement to most portraits, especially outdoor portraits.

Original Image:

After Darken/Lighten Center:

For skin retouching, we sometimes use Portraiture, or the Dynamic Skin Softener in Color Efex Pro. Both work well, but provide different results. Both need to be used lightly to not give obvious, plastic looking results!

That's about it for our major workflow tools!

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