I’m posting pics of Suki today, and we’re doing before and after. I love makeovers, don’t you?
This will illustrate how important post-processing can be to a photo. While the pics straight out of the camera are nice, they are only a place from which to start. They lack depth and dimension, which is why those vacation photos never look as good as what you remember.
These pics in particular illustrate the importance of light in a photo. You’ve heard the phrase “painting with light?” Suki offers a perfect example of how much difference that technique can make to a picture.
We’ll start with a “before” shot of Suki lying on the deck a couple days ago. Most of her was in shade while her tail was in full sun. This is not a happy occurrence. Her face, which I really want to see, is in shadow. This is where Photoshop really shines.
After making the usual curves adjustment and applying a mild filter to bring out details, I added a layer filled with gray. Instead of “normal” blending mode, I used “hard light.”
Before, straight out of the camera. Dull, flat, nice enough but nothing special.
After the adjustments and painting with light. Still a little dark, but in the After pic, that works in our favor, letting me highlight her face, eyes, and fur.
Here’s another Before of Suki tasting the air in the meadow. Full light, which washed out some of the detail. A pleasant photo, but again, a little flat. Notice her tongue, by the way. 🙂 She was tasting the air; a strong breeze was blowing that day.
And here’s the After:
I bumped the color, added contrast, and then painted her with light to accentuate eyes, the curve of the ear, the fur under her chin, and that lock of tail hair that falls over shadow.
This technique is totally non-destructive. If any of you want to know how I do it, let me know and I’ll post a “how to” with screen shots.
And now, before I go: I just heard Silver crashed and burned. My sympathies to the authors who did not heed so many people’s warnings about a year ago, but what the hell was wrong with you? I, along with many others, was quite vocal about the shenanigans the owner was up to, and believe it or not, there were authors who not only refused to see reality, but defended his loopy pyramid scheme of payment by bullying the writers who smartly decided to leave immediately. Read it here: http://www.ajllewellyn.com/site/2014/04/10/2170/