Every Friday Stacy showcases after/before photos we’ve submitted. Then, if we choose, we can tell how we did it on our own blogs.
This week I decided to pull out a favorite photo from the archives…
I took this photo when I had no idea what I was doing (Mar 2011). I had a new camera (my first dSLR) and a new lens (70-300mm). The new lens was difficult at first to get used to, especially when I had the focal length at 300mm, just the slightest movement and I’d loose my subject!
We went to La Jolla Cove, CA to see the harbor seals. I just happened to catch one sticking his tongue out!
Throughout my education I learned about composition and post-processing, and continued to come back to this image to see if I could ‘fix’ it. I could probably still tinker with it because I know even more now than when I made this After image. But there is something about leaving a photo alone after you’ve been ‘working’ it for so long.
Changes I made:
- The most obvious is the crop. I had a crop where you could still see the bird on the left… but ultimately the ‘subject’ is the one sticking out his tongue… I think this crop keeps it simple.
- Photoshop’s content-aware fill has gotten really good over the years… I used it to remove any parts from the other seals that were in this crop.
- Dodge and Burn – I tried to lighten the faces of the two seals to have the viewer’s eyes go there.
- Curves – I played around with lightening the whole image and creating some contrast.
- High Pass Sharpen – once I resize, I run it through a high-pass sharpen (I do this last with all my photos)
I wrote about this image before here.
Until next time…