Saturday, April 30, 2011

Photo Editing

I love showing before and after shots! "Photoshopping" is one of my favourite things in photography, and the more experienced you become with taking a great shot, the less editing you should have to do. Take a look at this example.

Lisa is a beautiful girl who does not need very much editing. This is the original shot taken, without any editing. It is a beautiful shot, but the colours are a little bland for my liking and need some minor changes.

























This was the edited picture. Lisa has flawless skin and only needed a slight skin smoothing effect, and the only other changes made to the picture are a contrast adjustment, eye sharpening, and colour enhancing. But you can see the two are very similar.

























Now, take a look at this! I recently installed a plug-in with my photo software (the name will remain a secret though). And the next two photos give even more interest to the photo!

Photo 1: I am in LOVE with how washed out this photo is. To me, this colouring gives the shot a lot of innocence, and purity, and it goes very well with Lisa's fair skin.

























Photo #2: I am equally, if not more in love with the editing on this one. It gives so much depth to the picture, and a sense of ruggedness. I can't quite decide which one I like more.

























Take a look at some more before and afters:

Erin and Antonio:
Small cropping, color and contrast effects.























Mr. D.O.G:
Sharpening, contrast and vignette effects.

























Items for Craigslist:
Its important your photos look good for a quick and easy sale! (Notice the scratch marks were taken out?)


























Rachel:
Eye color saturation, contrast increase and general colour enhancing.


























Dakota:
Increase of yellow tones, vintage look, contrast increase and eye sharpening.


























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