Oh hey there. How are you?
I was browsing through youtube (as usual) and I came across a video by Jessica Kobeissi where she edited the same photo in 5 different styles. The editing/post-processing is generally one of my favourite part of my work so I wanted to jump into this and give it a go straight away.
Editing is a really important step in creating your own style, so it was weird to step out of my comfort zone and explore a bit. Yesterday morning I took some self portraits – the first in my new house – so I thought this was a great excuse to play around with the edit and see what I could do.
The edit of an image can involve many different processes, but here I focussed only on non-destructive methods – so, colour grading and curves. None of these images have any kind of texture / retouching / liquify / cloning done. It’s mostly just simple grades in Adobe Photoshop.
So let’s get down to it…
Here is the original image. The light is fairly flat which gives quite a nice base to work with, but in general it just needs a bit of magical colour grading to bring it to life.
Light & Airy
The first edit I tried was light and airy. For this edit I kept the colouring fairly muted, lifted up the shadows and squashed the highlights a little. I wanted it fairly low contrast. For the colouring I took out a lot of the yellow to make the tones colder and desaturated / hued the green in the skirt so that it wasn’t quite so harsh.
I have ended up really liking this edit! It might just be my favourite.
For the moody edit, everything was made much darker through curves. Using the same method (and layer masks) I also deepened the shadows and darkened the lips. For colour grading, I kept the tones cool and fairly desaturated. I added blues into the highlights and browns into the shadows.
Yay! A bit of colour back! Those first few were very desaturated so for the next edit I wanted to see how much colour I could add to the image without pushing it too far. That’s up for debate, but I love how summery this photo becomes now that there are warmer more saturated tones. As you can see I added some colour to the lips, warmth to the top and more saturation/hue to the skirt. In general, I also added reds into the shadows and a teal colour into the highlights.
Grungy Black + White
Ah, man. Black and white can transform an image, can’t it? In this edit I mostly played with curves to darken the image and keep light on the face, as well as lifting the blacks. It looks completely different, doesn’t it?!
Finally, I did a quick edit of my own. This is how I have edited most of that gallery adding slight cyan and khaki tones, still with a soft muted kind of feel to it.
And there we have it – 1 images edited 5 different ways. Generally when I am editing an image/gallery I do something similar to this to work out what I like the best, but it was nice to commit to it a bit more and see them all side by side.
Which one is your favourite?
Have a great day!
Jasmine Aurora x