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Photoshop Actions Before & After | Kubota Imaging Tools

We have received several emails from photographers inquiring about our post-processing, curious if we outsource and what Photoshop Actions we use.  Because of this, I decided it was the perfect time to do a Before & After post and divulge our editing process.

We outsource all of our RAW editing to our personal editor.  She currently isn’t accepting new clients, so to keep her from being bombarded with inquiries, I’ve decided not to list her name.  While I wish I could sing her praises to all of you, I will simply say that she has literally given me my life back.  Not only is she an amazing editor, she is crazy fast and all around pure awesome!  :)  My editor converts my RAW files to JPEG’s and I take them into Photoshop for a final edit.  I am a self-proclaimed Action Junkie and I have a ton of different sets.  One of my absolute favorites is definitely Kubota Imaging Tools!  Now, if you aren’t familiar with Kevin Kubota’s amazing actions, take my word for it, they are incredible!  There are countless variations of recipes you can create, ensuring your edits remain as original and stylish as your photography!  The timing of this post couldn’t be better- right now Kubota Imagine Tools is having a killer sale on their actions- don’t miss it!!  (Just click the link below!)

Kubota Imaging Tools is one of our fabulous sponsors for our Be Inspired Workshops and we couldn’t be more thrilled about it!  (On a side-note, we have received several emails about upcoming workshops in 2012 and are thrilled to let you know that we do have more workshops in the works!)  Want to be the first to know?  Be sure to sign-up for our Young & Free Newsletter!  Now, onto the Actions!

I chose images from three upcoming blog posts: Taylor, Rachael & Rachel.  All three girls are high school seniors, two of which are on my Senior Rep Team!  They pulled double-duty this month and took time out of their busy lives to be models for my workshops!  :)  Be on the look-out for their features very soon!  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these teasers!  Each image took me about 1-3 minutes to edit.  I spend as little time as possible editing, my editing esthetic is simple and clean.  Under each image I have included my recipe, feel free to use them!  Happy editing!

Kiyoko Punch: 30%
VintageTen: 7%
Magic Sharp: 50%

Fashion Passion: 11%
Magic Sharp: 50%

KevX-Process Combo: 17%
Bleachy Peachy Warm: 9%
Magic Sharp: 50%

Pow Wow: 100%
Warm Wishes: 20%
Magic Sharp: 50%

Kiyoko Punch: 22%
Bleachy Peachy Warm: 17%
Magic Sharp: 50%

Mini Epic: 100%
Lord of the Rings Everyday: 28%
Magic Sharp: 50%

Jewels: 28%
Magic Sharp: 50%

Popsickle: 53%

Punch Lite: 45%
Kiyoko Punch: 26%
Magic Sharp: 50%

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  • SpicyteeApril 13, 2012 - 11:58 am

    They all good.. And the images are fabulous….
    I can see you didnt do much editing. Your work are always great.
    Sometimes I think Kubota Actions ain’t good for everyone..
    Especially the dark skin people which are my clients around here.
    Nevertheless I still use them and still growing my action paks.

  • Debora JApril 13, 2012 - 12:33 pm

    Holli…do you use Portraiture? Thank you.

  • Holli TrueApril 13, 2012 - 12:49 pm

    Thank you so much, Spicytee! :) I honestly don’t do a lot when it comes to editing- I try to do everything I can in-camera to achieve the shot I want. I think the key to using actions is to run them at light opacities. I used to use them at 100% and it made my images look heavy- try them at smaller opacities. :)

  • Holli TrueApril 13, 2012 - 12:51 pm

    Debora, I don’t have Portraiture, so no, I don’t use it. None of these images have any airbrushing done on them whatsoever. If a girl has skin issues, I will clone out blemishes, when needed. If the skin needs to be smoothed a bit, I prefer to use Totally Rad Actions Pro Retouch. I never use it at 100%, I typically use it at around 30-50%. The recipes I listed above are exactly what I used- nothing more. :) I hope this helps!

  • SpicyteeApril 13, 2012 - 1:10 pm

    That’s great… Thanks for the response… The great thing about our work is to get it right on the camera.. Then everything will become easy… Do remind me..What camera do you shoot in again ma’am?

  • Margaret LeeApril 29, 2012 - 6:57 pm

    Holli-Have you ever used any of Kubota’s Lightroom presets? Wondering if there are equivalents to these PS5 actions for Lightroom? I love the way these are edited, but I primarily use Lightroom. Thanks!

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