Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Week 9 Lesson
Editing & Enhancing a Photo 3 Different Ways
Above is the original photo. I took this on a typically cool, rainy, dreary August day in Prince William Sound.
For my first edit, I decided to leave the photo in color but hopefully improve the exposure and highlights. I didn't want to do too much to the color, because the scene really did look dreary and I thought that was nice, not to mention realistic. I added a curves adjustment layer and lightened the dark areas then darkened the light areas. I thought this brought out the sky nicely.
I removed the color from this photo by desaturating (Image-Photo-Desaturate), then selected the history brush to paint back the green on the channel marker. I used curves to adjust tone and brightness. I really like this one because the green marker was the only bright spot in the sound that day!
On the above photo, I applied quadtoning. First I converted the photo to B&W using the Lab color mode (Image-Mode-Lab Color), then to Grayscale (Image-Mode-Grayscale). Next step was Image-Mode-Duotone-Quadtone-Load to find the Quadtone presets in the Photoshop CS3 folder and load them. I used levels and curves to adjust tone and brightness. I like it, it was fun doing, but it looks better on a full screen.