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February 3, 2012

A Lazy Day Edit

It’s February, which means I’m back to blogging. I’m still getting into the swing of things around here so today’s video of a lazy* edit seemed appropriate. In total, an edit like this takes about 3 minutes (this particular one took 2 minutes and 20 seconds) from start to finish.

How am I able to edit so quickly? Well I have a few things working in my favor…

  • Good base photo. I try to nail it in camera as much as possible so I don’t have to do an unnecessary “fixing”.
  • Keyboard short cuts for Photoshop. Seriously, it may seem stupid at first but once you learn and start using them you will begin to see a big difference in how much time you spend in PS.
  • Photoshop actions. I know a lot of photogs snub their noses at the idea of using actions in Photoshop, but I don’t know how I live without them! Anything that takes more than 2 steps, I make into an action.

Now while I would love to go over a little bit more about my post processing, I’m still sore and bruised from my session with 7 dogs last weekend and Waffles has a case of the barfies, so I’m going log off and go cuddle on the couch with my big boy.

*Not really lazy, just incredibly simple and easy

  1. Brittany

    August 27th, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    LOVE your helpful editing tips – thank you SO much for sharing!! I was curious about how you exactly did the Glossy Eyes action/effect….I got as much as I could from the video but was still wondering how you do that magic. And yes, I have PS and Lightroom 😉 thanks in advance!!

  2. erasabledinosaur

    August 27th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Hey Brittany! My Glossy Eyes action is homemade, not sold anywhere 🙂

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Kira DeDecker is an on-location lifestyle pet photographer specializing in one-of-a-kind fine art and modern portraits. She works exclusively with dogs, cats and all other four legged creatures to create vibrant, quirky and soulful works of art.She also photographs needy animals pro-bono for non-profit animal organizations (like Cavalier Rescue USA).

Kira DeDecker Photography is a editorial and commercial pet photographer based in Glendale AZ and serves the Metro Phoenix area (Scottsdale, Peoria, Phoenix, Suncity, Surprise, Goodyear, Avondale and Tempe) and beyond.

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