In the Lab: Simple Sky Replacement

In The Lab, Post-processing | September 5, 2015 | By

Ever notice that opportunities for a great photograph occasionally catch Mother Nature in her bathrobe and slippers?  As an example, take the following image of an Osprey flying off with its latest catch.  The sky makes up the majority of this image and it is, well…meh.  What to do? Replace the original sky with one that adds a bit more visual interest.  This quick tutorial will get you started.

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In the Lab – “Starting Catcher” Post-processing Tutorial Part 3

In The Lab, Post-processing | August 22, 2015 | By

Catcher Before After

In part 1 of this three part post-processing tutorial, I made some basic lighting adjustments and isolated the player from the original background.  In part 2, I cleaned up a few details and added a grunge look to the player.  In this final session, I drop the player into a stadium background and make a few final edits to the overall image using:

  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • On1 Perfect Effects 

So, without further ado, here is Part 3.

If you like the stadium background, you can find it and other great sports backdrops at EASYdigitals.com

 

Questions?  Feel free to leave them in the comments section.

Cheers!

Jarrod

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In the Lab – “Starting Catcher” Post-processing Tutorial Part 2

In The Lab, Post-processing | August 12, 2015 | By

Catcher Before After

 

In part 1 of this tutorial, I made some basic lighting adjustments and isolated the player from the original background.  In part 2 of this tutorial, I work mainly in Photoshop CC to clean up a few details and add a grunge look to the player using the following tools/techniques:

  • Liquify tool
  • Topaz Adjust plug-in
  • Dodging and burning using curves adjustment layers
  • Saturation adjustments using hue/saturation layers

 

We’ll wrap up the tutorial in part 3 where I will drop the player into the stadium background and make the final image adjustments.  You can check out part 2 below.

 

 

If you have questions or would like to see additional tutorials on any of the tools used here, please leave a note in the comments.

Cheers!

Jarrod

In the Lab – “Starting Catcher” Tutorial (Part I)

In The Lab, Post-processing | July 30, 2015 | By

“Starting Catcher” is one of my favorite images and I’ve put together a couple of brief tutorials to share the workflow that I used in creating this image. Part 1 of this tutorial focuses on basic lighting adjustments to the subject in Adobe Lightroom and isolation of the subject from the background using the Topaz Labs ReMask plugin in Adobe Photoshop.  

Starting-Catcher

For those with a keen eye ;), you will note that the image I chose for the tutorial is a slightly different pose than the original and, no doubt, the final product will not be an exact replica of the image below.  I typically edit my images in a rather “stream of consciousness” fashion which, unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your view of the image), does not result in my producing the same image twice.  You will, however, get a glimpse of my post-processing thought process and see how I use various tools to achieve this overall look.  

Stay tuned for Part 2.  If you would like to see more in depth tutorials on any of the tools used here, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers!

Jarrod

5 Filter Fix – Canyonlands

In The Lab, Post-processing | March 24, 2015 | By

With the variety of software and plug-ins available, it can be challenging to walk away from a post-processing project without that nagging voice whispering “just one more tweak”. On the other hand, with all of the options in front of you, the “paralysis of analysis” can leave you wondering where to begin.

In the 5 Filter Fix videos, I’ll post-process images using…well…5 filters. You might love or hate the direction that I take with these images, but let’s see where these experiments take us.