Redwall Photo Photoshop Actions!

Teaser

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while – share some of my editing shortcuts with fellow photographers!

Concert photographers deal with such extreme conditions that many other readily available actions are often not applicable to concert photos. With that in mind, I tried to make these actions adjustable so that they work with different lighting conditions (but even with their flexibility, keep in mind that these actions still work best on properly exposed and white balanced photos). Also, I’ve used these actions on lots of non-concert photos, so non-concert photographers, feel free to download them too!

These are the first actions I’ve put out for the public to use, so I would love feedback. Let me know if you run into any problems or if you have a suggestion on how to make them better. Also, if you use them, let me know that too – feel free to post pictures in the comments that have been edited with the actions!

DOWNLOAD THE FULL SET HERE

POP

This action makes images “pop” – a little bit of contrast, a little bit of an S curve, some saturation, a tad of unsharpen mask (in LAB mode), and a smidge of vignette. Since some photos need a little more help than others, this action is the most adjustable of the set. And don’t be afraid to run the action twice if you need extra pop!

Before & After:
pop_beforepop_edit

ROCK

Rock is a strongly contrasted black and white with a little color added back in. I love this action, probably the favorite of my set because, simply put, it makes even small indie band members look like rock stars. The contrast is adjustable on this action, and the “Light” action is also designed to work in conjuction with this image to add even more flexibility.

Before & After:
rock_beforerock_edit

ROCK – RED WASH

This image produces the same result as the “Rock” action above – but with a little twist. Since red wash from the lights is such a common problem with concert photography, I created this action to specifically combat that problem.

Before & After:
rockred_beforerockred_edit

METAL

Metal is just a vignetting action. While “Pop” and “Rock” are standalone actions, and both contain small amounts of vignetting, “Metal” is around for those pictures that need more a little more emphasis on the center of the image. It is a subtle action though, so you can keep running the action until you feel as though you have enough vignette.

Before, Mid, & After:
metal_before
metal_mid
metal_edit

LIGHT

I originally created this action to work with my “Rock” actions, but this works with any action or photo that needs a little lightening up. This action quickly corrects slight underexposure and just brightens up the whole image.

Before, Mid, & After:
light_before
light_mid
light_edit

DOWNLOAD THE FULL SET HERE

Again, please let me know what you think of these, and don’t forget to post examples of the actions in use in the comments!

38 thoughts on “Redwall Photo Photoshop Actions!

  1. Yeah, it’s the set I had handy when I went to make example shots… someday I’ll post the full set from that show, haha.

  2. Cool, I just downloaded the actions. I will definitely let you know if I have used them and show off the photos.
    I’m one of those people that sometimes loathes editing. I use very basic editing on my concert photos. Thanks for sharing Tasha.

  3. Hey Charlyn! I’m not a huge fan of editing concert photos either (it takes so long!), which is one of the reasons I like actions – these are pretty basic. Let me know if you think anything can be improved – I’m not sure how these are going to work on other people’s photos!

  4. I just downloaded these – Can’t wait to give them a try on some fun portraits.. I really want to learn how to share actions! If you know how – let me know!

  5. Natalie – Thanks – definitely let me know of any feedback you have!

    And share actions? Do you mean how to make them or how to save them for others to use?

    Thanks Meesh – Let me know how the experimenting turns out!

  6. Tried them out on photos I took last night (The Black Keys and Gomez). I’m a fan of the Pop and metal vignetting one – nicely done, thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  7. Meesh – I just checked them out, they look great. Thanks for sharing!

    Charlyn – Love them 🙂 Let me know if you have any suggestions on making the actions easier as you use them more!

    1. That looks great Jessie! I love the Rock action – it seems like that’s one of the most popular ones from the set too 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  8. Thanks for sharing these. Just downloaded them. Going to try them out later. Looks like they could be just what I was looking for as I’ve got quite a few photos from a concert last week that I’m planning on improving. Thank You.

  9. Wow… I’m so glad I came across this article, great photos and actions! I’m off to take photographs for a friend’s band tonight in Sydney. Hope to be able to capture some epic shots and play around witht he actions too. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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