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Post Processing After The Sale

Vicki Taufer

Family Group Posing

Vicki Taufer

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32. Post Processing After The Sale


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3 Plan the Photo Shoot Duration:04:08
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Post Processing After The Sale

This is actual retouching. So these people, they look pretty darn good to begin with. But, I played a proofing action on them first. This one doesn't have it. I wanted to show you what it looks like without the vignette. So I would go through and here's what the difference is just with that proofing action. Their eyes are still sharp which is exactly what I want. Okay then I'm gonna through and I'm gonna do some healing. I'm gonna do some cloning. I don't have a lot of time to do it now. This should take me approximately five, six minutes. But this is post sale, right? They bought this image now. And I know I'm getting paid for this image. So I don't mind if it takes me three, four, five, ten minutes. Especially if this is a big wall portrait. I don't mind if it takes me a half hour, right? You want this to look good. So you're gonna go through, you're gonna heal, you're gonna clone, you're gonna make everybody look fantastic. I'm gonna get rid of that tag. I'm not gonna do it now but ...

I would. I like to clone underneath the eyes. I would do some eye enhancement. I would add lashes to her. I can actually show you that, I do have them. Just drop that down a little bit. It helps to have really beautiful people that always makes things easier. A little bit here, a little bit there, a little bit there. Then I'm gonna bring in my lashes. So this is, again, I'm getting paid for this. This is maybe a 30 by 40. We can dream, right? I'm bringing in my lashes template. I'm gonna drag 'em and drop 'em. This worked out great, I was super happy. You don't know. But they just work so good most of the time, right? Nice little enhancement. You're gonna need to put them on the other side so make a quick copy, bring them over. And then do a quick little flip. And then a rotate, and then she's got them on both eyes. So I know I'm going fast, but I wouldn't have to because they already bought this. They paid for this. But those are the types of quick things that I would do to get this ready. I would probably take literally another four, five minutes on this image. I would do some eye enhancement on both of them to make them look good as possible. And maybe a custom vignette around the sides either with a gradient or with a brush. I usually use, here I'll just show you really quickly. I like to make a new layer, change it to overlay or soft light and use a brush at about 20%. And you can darken things and essentially paint light and shadows and whatever else you want. Knock that down. Okay, so that's what I would do in the final image. I'd get rid of those stripes really quickly and clone those out of her pants. And then crop that in to about maybe right there. And that would be a fantastic image. It doesn't have to take you very long, but again, at that point, you're doing it after sale anyway. So let me see if I have anything else that I wanted to show you really fast. Oh. So, gallery wraps. People freak out about gallery wraps because they have to set them up. So I made an action to do it for you. Because that's kind of a pain sometimes. So let's say we were gonna crop this to that's good, 20 30. Sold them a 20 30. That's fantastic. But they want a gallery wrap. Well, you can go in and crop in but sometimes you're cropping in too far and then the person's too close and it doesn't look, just gotta add, what, two inches all the way around for an inch and a half or three inches all the way around for a two inch gallery wrap. Well, if you use an action to set everything up for you, it can be really slick. Okay, so I have four different actions in the gallery wrap stretch actions. Let's make an inch and a half gallery wrap. So if I hit, I wanna use this one because it's bigger than a 20 20. That's why there's four. Hit play. It says first, crop. We already did that. Push play again. What it's gonna do is it's gonna give me several different options for the wrap that I can look at and choose. It's gonna build it in to the file. So I can look and just choose what I wanna do. How I want it to look. Which technique I wanna use. And it tells you that at the very end. These are the six different options and explains what they are. I'll just show you what they are. We start with just a plain white wrap, we go to a black wrap, we go to a flipped wrap. Now that looks weird when you're looking at it unwrapped but that'll look fine. That'll look just fine as wrapped around. You wouldn't be able to tell, it would look really good and there's a vignette build in at the top to darken it all around. It's a nice, feather vignette, works really sweet. You can give a blur, you can make it blurred or just blurred and not flipped or just a standard wrap which is basically just the image bigger. That usually doesn't work. Usually one of these works in here. And then if you just want a white or a black and you don't wanna have to mess around with it in rows. It's already in there, built in. So that's another thing that you can just use again after you've sold something to just speed up the process on the back and makes things faster. All about efficiency and automating systems. Anything that's redundant, if you're doing it over and over and over again, you can probably use a preset or an action to do it for you. And for sales templates in particular, set up the templates on the front end so that you can just throw images in and show the products that you wanna show really easy. You can grab screenshots of frames and different products or take your own. Just throw something on a floor. We know how to light. Well, you guys know how to light, I don't know how to light. But light it up, shoot it, and then go in and do what I did with the place, and you'll be able to use it over and over. Sales templates. If you don't take anything else away from my program, sales templates, that's my big thing.

Class Description

Taking a great portrait of one person can be a challenge, but how do you capture an entire family looking their most authentic selves? Well-known family and children photographer Vicki Taufer will show you how to focus on the relationships and keep your clients relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera.

Vicki will show you:

  • What props and gear you should have on hand to bring out the best in your group posing
  • How to shoot with natural light as well as in the studio, and what lighting you’ll need to highlight all group sizes
  • How to make your clients feel comfortable before the shoot to get authentic images
  • The most efficient workflow to make your post-processing work for you

Whether it’s a group of children with pets or the extended family with grandparents and cousins, Vicki will give you the confidence to tackle any situation and provide your client with images that they’ll want to purchase and hang on their walls for years to come.


DOlores RUsso

All I have to say is - Vicki you are a saint. To handle four kids, dog and their parents too, not to mention a class of students watching...AND YOU'RE TAKING PHOTOS, GOOD ONES!! All I know is, I could not handle that as you have even though I was a teacher for 25 years (K-12, all of them) - and wonderful people like you are far and few between. May you stay healthy and happy and continue interacting with kids and parents - you really have a talent! (I had to turn the sound off on the vid because it was driving me crazy,, with kids, dog, etc etc!)

Marla GIbson

It was true to life and yes, a bit chaotic. But I enjoyed it, it shows the work that often does go into a session with all the multitasking. I got some great ideas for poses, and learned some new way to interact with younger children. Thank you for a honest session and not a perfect planned one.


Fantastic posing class, loved watching Vicki in action. There are so many little things she said to the families she was photographing that really made all of the difference. Jed's product template creation and backend streamlining segment was great too!