Before/After: Working with Light

Photographers don’t always have the luxury of taking pictures in perfect light. I took this photo of a blue jay in a bird bath, but it was facing into shadow. It wasn’t like I could say, “Hey, can you turn in the opposite direction?”

So we resort to software to move the light around. This is the original shot, with basic adjustments already made. Pretty bad, right? Can’t see his eye and overall, it’s just too dark on the right. So I went to Luminar. Big difference, right?

I did the same thing with a pic of Salem. I liked the backlighting, but it left her face in shadow, so I used Luminar to add light to that area. I also lessened the intensity of that lighted window behind her so it wouldn’t detract from the subject, which was Salem. Here’s the original. And here’s what I did with it.

Moving the light works on landscapes, too. Here’s the original (cropped and straightened, but nothing else done to it).

And here’s what it looks like after processing.

See you next time.

About Fenraven

Fenraven happily lives in south Florida, where it is really hot most of the year. Find him on Twitter and Facebook by searching on 'fenraven'.
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2 Responses to Before/After: Working with Light

  1. jeffbaker307 says:

    Love it! The jay has this look like he’s thinking: “Oh, God! Gotta take a shower, gotta get breakfast, gotta…hey! Get that camera outa here! Hey!”

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