Here we have a shot I took at a recent clinic. It was shot in raw and isn't too bad. A little dark, but it's alright.
The composition is good and everything is in focus. Now watch what happens when I use the "Punch it Up" action from the Essentials Set.
Now we're getting there, but still it could be a bit better. So I'm going to use the "Luxe Color Boost" action.
To do this took me all of five minutes. Without the actions, it might have taken me hours.
Now let's go outside.
Once again, not too bad. Interesting composition. In focus. But I think it's a little too blue. So I'm going to use the "Warm it Up" action.
Hmm, getting there, so I'm going to use the "Paint on Vibrant Color" action and lower the layer opacity to about 30%.
Now I like it.
This action set costs $45 and will make a world of difference in your pictures. They load right into Photoshop and I'm guessing they load right in to Elements as well. Now I can just hear you guys thinking to yourselves, "Actions, Smacktions, Maia would you please speak English. I have no idea what you are trying to tell me here. The Paint the Moon website has great tutorials which will explain exactly what an action is, what a layer is, and how to use them. Do yourselves a favor and take a look. You won't be sorry.