If you've seen my quick tutorial videos about the Photoshop actions that I make and use in my workflow before, then you know I am obsessed with detailed control of everything from shadows and highlights to color and texture. Today, I'm reviewing one of my newer actions, high and low contrast boost control, and showing you why I use it.
I find that I make actions after several weeks of using the same procedure, which is how and why many retouchers make actions. Whether I stick to one specific action process for weeks or months or years is anyone's guess, but when I notice a pattern in my workflow, I look to automate it for simplicity. To be clear, however, I am very much against over-automating every aspect of your workflow, as I feel it causes you to pigeonhole yourself into a process that you end up doing blindly on each subsequent image. Every single shot you take is unique, and no two photographs will ever require the same exact workflow, settings and approach.
That said, when I find I want to boost my deepest shadows and brightest highlights in an effort to boost contrast in a somewhat unique way, I reach for this action. Feel free to download, analyze and modify it as you see fit.
Here are some of the final images which, among other steps, include the action I review above on my YouTube channel.