Recently I got to take some family pictures for my sister in honor of my niece turning one. I am so glad there was a breeze on the evening we took these…it helps highlight her awesome hair. As I write this, FireCracker is sitting next to me. She is squealing in delight at the sight of her cousin. Poor Sweet P, I think my daughter’s infatuation with you is only growing.
I took all of these with my 85mm lens.
The photos above were all processed with Photoshop CS4, using Totally Rad Actions – the one action set I use more than any other. I’ve used these actions for several years. I will say, VERY RARELY do I use an action at 100% (I know that makes no sense for some of you). I usually use 2-4 actions, but just a little bit of each.
My favorite Totally Rad Actions are:
Warm it up, Kris!
Grandma’s Tap Shoes
Sadly, that is only 4 of what seems like a 100 in the 2 action sets I own. Even with Totally Rad, at times I get overwhelmed with all the possible combos. As a result, I have those 4 favorites that I stick to using most of the time. About a month ago, I got an email from Totally Rad highlighting their new product, RadLab. It looked amazing…almost instantly I sent off an email their way asking to try it and share it with you….and now one of you will get to win your own!
I LOVED using RadLab! It was a bit addicting to see the variations of my image instantly. It really is a genius product and I am happy to recommend it. After editing Sweet P’s pictures using the traditional Totally Rad Actions, I loaded RadLab to test it out for the first time. I picked one of my favorite images to use. RadLab is not another action set, but is a Photoshop Plugin. All of my favorite Totally Rad Actions are included in RadLab. If you are considering purchasing Totally Rad Actions, I would suggest starting with RadLab instead. If you have ever used Lightroom, it feels like a combination of Lightroom & Photoshop. Love.
When you open an image in RadLab, you also see visuals of the different editing options available….and a billion ways to customize those. This is just one screen shot from a small section of the possible options.
I found an old picture I took in Hawaii…not amazing, but not too bad either. It was taken with timer set on the ground in front of us. Here is the camera version:
We were in a shady area and the picture feel a little bluish to me. When I have photos with a blue tint, I tweak them using the Warm it up, Kris action….which is included in RadLab. Here is a look at the screen when I opened it with RadLab. There is an option to split your screen to see the changes you make in comparison to the original. I’ve mentioned before that I rarely use an action at 100%. I like to run it just a little bit. With RadLab I can still do everything I did before with Photoshop, but now I can see my options instantly.
My priority during the days is my kids…not having amazingly edited images on my blog. I loved using actions because I have not had the time to truly learn Photoshop. The downside of all the actions I own, is I don’t have time to really see how they all work. It takes too long to open and run each action in an attempt to decide the look I want for a photo. As a mom, I am a big fan of RadLab…as a photographer, I am a big fan of RadLab. (no, I am not getting paid to say that!)
Now if there was a way to combine RadLab with Pinterest, so I could see different decorating options play out in my home….that would be very dangerous. And Chris would have to keep my computer under lock & key to keep me productive in life!
So, like I said, one of you can win your own version of RadLab!
(You will need to own Photoshop CS3 or later OR Photoshop Elements 7 of later to run RadLab)
Here are the details:
Giveaway now closed (Deanna’s is the last counting comment)
Prize: RadLab ($150.00 value)
One winner, chosen at random
One entry, per person
Contest ends Friday, September 2, 2011 9:00pm US Central
To enter: leave a comment telling me what type of photography you enjoy the most…or telling me the most rad thing about your week