My friend Brandie (instagram: branvandam_ts) took this photo with her iPhone this week and asked me if I’d like to edit it for her. She was one of my first iPhoneography/photography pupils, so I said yes. I figured this would be a nice, quick challenge for me, on a photo that she really liked. Instead of editing on my iPhone, I used Photoshop so I could do a much better job of turning it into the magical scene I envisioned.
I used a few luminosity masks to target certain tones with curves adjustment layers, painted some light in on a soft light layer, burned some areas a bit, used Topaz Clarity, a Tony Kuyper action to add some glow, and finally, Topaz Simplify to smooth things out just slightly. I think painting with light really made a difference on this one.