Edit your an­i­mal images with­out af­fect­ing their au­then­tic­ity

Tweak your pho­to­graphs of wildlife with­out af­fect­ing the au­then­tic­ity of an im­age. lau­ren scott shows you how to edit for added im­pact

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edit­ing photos of wildlife can be a heated topic. Mak­ing ma­jor changes to a shot brings the au­then­tic­ity of an im­age into ques­tion, and it’s im­por­tant not to de­ceive the viewer or mis­rep­re­sent the re­al­ity of na­ture (un­less it’s ob­vi­ous that it’s for cre­ative ef­fect).

It’s best to err on the side of cau­tion when you’re work­ing on an­i­mal photos in post-pro­cess­ing – of­fi­cial com­pe­ti­tions have strict rules as to what can be done to change the im­age with soft­ware. That be­ing said, most shots can ben­e­fit from a few ed­its. Ad­just­ments to tone and con­trast, dodg­ing and burn­ing, and noise re­duc­tion are all ac­cept­able, and that’s what we’re go­ing to cover here. In this ex­am­ple of a lit­tle har­vest mouse, the Raw shot we had straight out of the cam­era was look­ing dull and drab, both in terms of ex­po­sure and tone. So we bright­ened the ex­po­sure and boosted the colours to give our sub­ject more oomph!

Un­like Pho­to­shop, where you can re­ally go to town with cloning and al­ter­ing, Light­room of­fers a much sub­tler ap­proach. Fol­low along and find out how to edit your furry friends with just a few quick tweaks...

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