I shot this great image of my model Rowan when we were setting up for our shoot. I love the expression on her face and position of her body, but I didn’t do anything with the image because of the background, just fooling around, blah, blah, blah.
I have been very influenced by Amanda Diaz lately and downloaded some of her actions (you can sign up at her site and get a set of actions for free). I love the softness and colors of Amanda’s images. I used a couple of textures of gravestones I took on Cape Cod this summer along with a gradient, a couple of color adjustment layers, and some brightness/contrast layers. I also did frequency separation on her skin. There is a great frequency separation tutorial at http://phlearn.com/amazing-power-frequency-separation-retouching-photoshop
I like the result because it’s not an over the top background, but looks like she is lying on a dark forest floor without losing the focus on her face and body shape. These textures are barely there. I have found it’s tricky to keep these types of images from taking interest away from the subject. I’m going to look back into some of my old photos and see if I can give new life to some images that I thought were not salvageable. I’m so excited about creating new actions now. Thanks Amanda.