Post Processing Practice
Katie had the fantastic idea of one of us offering up a photo to others to play with in post processing. I'll be the first to offer up a photo for plays. Play with it however you would like to, but definitely practice doing a clean edit. It's very important to know how to process images without using actions so you can create your own style. When you're done, post it to this thread and list the steps that you took so others can know how you did it. It's all about learning. Maybe someone did something that you didn't know about, but love the result.
I can't wait to see how everyone interprets this image of my son from October. If you click on the image, it will bring you to Flickr. I have uploaded the full size image so you can practice editing that size, so just click on Actions and View all Sizes. This is straight out of the camera (SOOC). It was shot in RAW, and only brought in Lightroom on the default settings, and exported as a jpeg.
Here's mine. Working in Photoshop CS5
First thing I did was use the Color Sampler tool to look at the skin color balance. Noticed that the skin was far too cyan so I made a color balance layer and added lots of red to Midtones, highlights, and shadows to get the skin to the right levels.
I know that my processing is going to make the skin in this image too bright, so I made a curves layer and pulled down the middle to darken the image slightly overall. Then flattened the image.
Then I duplicated the image and turned the duplicate image into a Soft Light layer to make the colors and contrast pop a bit.
Then I masked back the skin and flattened the image.
Selected the burn tool on midtones at 9% exposure and burned the background just a touch. Then I did the same thing with the burn tool on shadows.
If this were a higher resolution image, I would have done a lot more work on the skin and the eyes, but as is....I just focused on overall color and image pop.
Here is the final image.
Untitled-1 by amberbella, on Flickr
Here's mine. I attempted a clean edit, and I'll probably try another edit later.
I didn't do too much. I did it all in Lightroom, but I'm going to try my next edit in GIMP. Unfortunately, I'm having issues re-installing PSE. Anyway, here's what I did:
-Adjusted reds, blues, greens
6820973322_72baf9647c_o by willis2485, on Flickr
Awesome edits ladies! Amber, I've always loved your processing, so thank you so much for the play! Nice job on your edit, as well, Katie!
I'm going to re-process this and see what I can come up with now, 5 months later :) I'll put a side by side of then and now.
Okay, the first is my original edit when I first took the image. The second is my Lightroom 4 edit.
I'm always afraid of taking my processing too far (as you can tell from the first edit), so this is the perfect thing for me to practice my processing.
What I did:
I adjusted the white balance.
Point curve to Strong Contrast.
Used the adjustment brush to warm up his skin.
Burned the background with the adjustment brush.
Increased the blacks a bit.
Resized and sharpened for web in PSE.
Stephanie- My first thought with your second edit is that it looked like he was glowing. I'm not sure if it's just from comparing the two or not.
I did another edit with just a few tweaks and light added to the corner. Not sure if it works or not.
6820973322_72baf9647c_o-2-2 by willis2485, on Flickr
Stephanie - I am looking at your edit and I am seeing a halo and his skin is looking a lot brighter.
I kind of see the halo now. Boo! What is the best way to avoid that?
I warmed up the photo, darkened midtones and brightened it a little bit, then darkened shadows a touch and sharpened it all over. Added deeper saturation of color and i think thats it.
Hi, I know I haven't been on in a while, but I thought I'd play too :waves:
Here's a quick B&W I tried out. I'm not sure if it's exactly where I want it to be, but it's a first try :lol:
I upped the contrast by creating a curves mask and upping the whites and lowering the blacks. I then decided the background was getting in the way, so I masked it out.
Then I made a B&W mask and played around with the sampling tool and sliders.
I think it would look better if I lighten the background maybe. Or is the moodiness OK?