The Magic of Photoshop
I like taking images of all kinds of things with my camera. And I like being able to manipulate those same images, if I feel like it, in Photoshop. I’ve been working in it now for several years, and feel very comfortable moving around and using different techniques to get the results I need to create the kind of work I do.
Many photographers use Photoshop to varying degrees. It’s just part and parcel of the industry. The main use is to improve images taken that don’t quite measure up to the perfection everyone wants to see in their photos. Mostly, color correction and tonal improvement are what’s needed. But there is so much more you can do with Photoshop, or one of many other editing programs out there. I’m sharing with you some examples of what can be done when you really know how to manipulate things in Photoshop.
This first one is an image I used in a post a few back. The little girl was so cute and smiled for me when I asked her grandfather if I could take her picture. But I didn’t like the background and how bright the sun was on the street and house behind her. I thought it was distracting. So, I used an overlay I created and cropped the image to focus more on her face and smile.
In this next image, taken by photographer Darren Decker (whose permission I have to use this photo), I wanted to really make the image more romantic by getting rid of the background entirely and focusing on the soft, emotional kiss of the groom and his bride.
I like it much better now, because the focus is totally on the couple.
Forgot to remove your glasses?
Don’t worry. I can fix that and pump up the color and mood, too!
The lighting in this image was really washing everything out and ruining the romantic setting and mood of the wedding pics. Night had already begun to set in and it was hard to get a really good image with just what the photographer had on hand for lighting. I was the second shooter and was loving the idea of what this could be. It took some work, but I was so happy with the result.
You really have to have some sort of art knowledge and skill to do more than simple color correction. But if you do, there is no end to the possibilities you can create.
Sometimes you just don’t have enough time to capture the shot you want. But you can see there is something there. I can hardly wait to rush home and start on an image once I have shot it, because I have this idea in my head of where I want it to go and it’s exciting to start working on that.
Like this work by Blackbear Bosin. My image did not do him justice. So, I worked and worked on it, till I thought I had something that would make him proud.
It’s fun to see just how far I can go. The only limitation is my imagination. And, believe me, I feel like I have no limitations there!