3 quick wildlife effects
Use Dan Mold’s trio of fast wildlife treatments to add instant ‘wow’ factor to your back garden bird shots.
Add instant ‘wow’ factor with a trio of two-step effects for garden bird shots.
WILDLIFE HAS TO BE THE hardest yet most rewarding photographic genre there is. It can take hours to capture the perfect moment – in fact it took a full day in a makeshift hide in my garden before I was able to get this stunning portrait of a goldfinch, with the light falling just where I wanted it.
When you’ve invested so much time and effort getting the shot, it’s equally important you do your image justice in post-production. Your files will contain much more data than that displayed in the flat image on the back of the camera, and squeezing it out is key to making your shots look as good as they possibly can. Purists will say that wildlife pictures should be left as they are, but adjusting the brightness, contrast and colours are all fair game so long as you don’t make your subject look totally different. We’re starting with how to fine-tune these basic settings.
As with all of our techniques, when you’re done go to Image>Flatten Image and save your picture as a high quality JPEG by going to File>Save As.
Right We’ve lifted the exposure and ramped up specific colours to make this goldfinch look as eye-catching as possible. AFTER
BEFORE Left The original image is sharp but it’s a little flat, lacks contrast and the colours could do with a lift.