So here are my edits:
But then, because Monday was Halloween...I did take a ton of pictures...but with the kids standing cooperatively for Auntie J and running off when it was my turn...no group shot.
Sunflower as an Elephant:
SnapDragon as a Magician:
Huckleberry as King Edmund from "The Lion, Witch, and the WardRobe":
So...this didn't really teach you anything about editing...and I guess it doesn't have to...but I did get a lot of complements on the lighting in my photo yesterday so I thought it might be worth mentioning how I did it because a lot of it was in post processing.
Here is my original:
So then I tried the Preset: Soulshine [Holy Night]. I'm not exactly sure all of the things this preset does, but one thing it does is add a split-tone that I really like--blues for shadows and yellow for highlights which I find almost impossible to duplicate without starting with a preset. I think it might be designed for RAW as I always need to tone it down a little (perhaps I could have toned this down even more, too). Specifically I usually take the Highlight Saturation of the yellow down...this time only -10, but sometimes until it is almost gone. Thanks to the tutorial on split-toning a few weeks ago I learned how to control this preset and use it happily. I also tend to take down the brightness a bit when I use it and add back some noise reduction. Anyway, here is yesterday's photo:
Adobe Exchange but I couldn't find it to link you to it. However, the wonderful Rosie of Leaves 'n Bloom Photography found the original creator and source so I can now link you to the set. I'm so glad! It is four really wonderful presets. Thank you, Rosie! Be sure to check out her tutorial on table top light studios over as a guest post today for Shoot and Edit, too.
In the meantime, I hope you had a Happy Halloween!