Make the Image – Red Butter Lettuce

You don’t take a photograph, you make it.

Ansel Adams

 

 

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Here is a simple image – fresh red butter lettuce in a stainless steel colander.  The straight out of camera (SOOC) image is not bad but, like most SOOC images, it can be better.  In this particular image, for example, I find the reflection of the table in the colander to be distracting.  Using the gradient tool in Lightroom, I was able to remove it by simply lowering the saturation.  Check out the video below for my full post-processing workflow on this image.  

 

 

Got Fringe? Try Inner Glow

In The Lab, Post-processing | April 3, 2016 | By

Compositing in Photoshop often requires creating delicate cutouts and placing them on new backgrounds.  Even the most careful selections have a bit of fringing that must be removed to allow for seamless blending with the background.  In this video, I show you how use a simple inner glow layer style to remove fringing.  

 

Simple (and fast) Dodging and Burning in Photoshop

In The Lab, Post-processing | March 25, 2016 | By

Dodging and burning is often used to add depth to an image and there are a variety of ways to dodge and burn within Photoshop.  This video demonstrates a simple technique to get you started.

Before & After – Early Morning Trolley, New Orleans

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The before image was taken during the early morning hours under heavy fog conditions along Canal Street in New Orleans.  The after image is the result of post-processing in Lightroom, Photoshop CC, and On1 Photo 10.

 

Selectively Enhance Color with Lightroom’s Targeted Adjustment Tool

In The Lab, Post-processing | February 14, 2016 | By

It is easy to miss, but there is a great tool in Lightroom’s color adjustment panel that allows you to selectively enhance the color(s) at a specific point within in image.  Rather than you having to adjust color sliders individually, the targeted adjustment tool (TAT) adjusts multiple colors at the same time to change the hue, saturation, or luminance while you drag the pointer within an image.  Check out the brief video below for a quick demo.