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Shoot and Edit: Good Morning edit

January 20, 2011 Sarah Coggins

Confession, I’m really wishing I had one of these on hand at the moment.  The edit is making me hungry!

No Camera Raw.  I did try opening it as a raw image in PS and all I got was a grainy gray nothingness so I skipped that.  I opened the original image (on the right) as a .jpeg in PS and started with adjusting the levels.  I used the picker to set my white and black points.  Then I selected “enhance monochromatic contrast” in the Auto Color Options.  I returned to the levels window and adjusted the settings a bit until I liked the look.  The final settings were 14, 1.25, 255, 8, 255.

Next I jumped into Ashley’s tutorial.  I followed it almost exactly.  I chose to eliminate a few of the layers (hue/saturation, black & white and photo filter) that I felt didn’t quite give my image the look I wanted.  Here’s the end result (click to enlarge):

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ETA: For all I’ve made hungry with my donut muffin photo, I found a great recipe here.  Super easy & delicious (I made a batch immediately upon finding it!).  🙂


  • Ashley Sisk January 20, 2011 at 2:02 pm
    Your edit looks so good...Well done!
  • Mom to 9 Blessings! January 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm
    Gorgeous edit!!! love it and it made me hungry too :-)

  • Winn (aka Koreen) January 20, 2011 at 2:20 pm
    Very nice! It's fun to try new edit procedures. :)
  • scrapchick January 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm
    Looks good! And agree, makes ya hungry!
  • love and life ♥ January 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm
    Love your edit!! Looks SOOO yummy! xx
  • jillconyers January 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm
    Wow. What a difference. Great editing Sarah.
  • Tara January 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm
    Gorgeous looks so good!
  • Michelle January 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm
    You did a great job brightening it and making the muffin look even better! :)
  • Linda January 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm
    Great editing! The muffin looks delicious.
  • Kathleen January 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm
    Wow! You really brought that out of the shadows so nicely! Well done!
  • allisonhoffman January 20, 2011 at 4:19 pm
    Your edit is beautiful!! I totally agree, first thing I thought when I saw your shot, "mmm, I want a muffin" :)
  • Mommy2Four January 20, 2011 at 5:52 pm
    Nice edit! :)
  • Bonnie January 20, 2011 at 6:52 pm
    Yum! It's amazing what that editing can do!
  • Carmen January 20, 2011 at 8:33 pm
    The edit is perfect!!
    I'm also getting hungry!!! Yummy!!!
    Thanks for your comment!! ;)
  • Ryzmomplus2 January 21, 2011 at 8:43 am
    good thing I was eating breakfast when I read this post, or I would have been grabbing something to eat! Great edit, yummy!
  • emily January 21, 2011 at 10:04 am
    I love that the background is a brighter, richer red. Nice! And that muffin does look good:) I wonder how food photographers do that type of work everyday! BTW - you recommend Elements for editing?
  • Jessica January 22, 2011 at 6:43 pm
    That does look great Sarah! And yummy too. Thanks for posting the link to a recipe!
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