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
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...