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Fine-tune your im­age in post with Pho­to­shop

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

1 SELECT

once i’ve up­loaded all raW im­ages i will go through the star sys­tem in pho­to­shop Bridge to select the im­ages i want to process.

2 DU­PLI­CATE

Be­fore open­ing the first file i want to start work on, i will make a du­pli­cate of the im­age as an easy-ac­cess backup.

3

SHADOW TWEAKS

in this im­age i had a lot of dark shad­owy ar­eas, so i have light­ened these by mov­ing the shad­ows dial to the right.

4 TIDY­ING

in pho­to­shop i used the clone tool to copy nearby ar­eas over any un­wanted bits. change the size and strength of the tool to fit the area.

5

FI­NAL AD­JUST­MENTS

the lev­els func­tion will lift the im­age and make my blacks darker. take care not to over-push the high­lights and lose de­tail.

6

HIS­TORY TAB

With this tab take a snapshot of ev­ery stage when you feel sat­is­fied and you can jump back to that or com­pare shots at dif­fer­ent stages.

AFTER the fi­nal im­age pro­cessed is punchy and main­tains the de­tail as it was shot. With a bit of clone magic the pho­to­graph is com­plete. the proof is then in the print to fol­low. Build a re­la­tion­ship with a pro­fes­sional printer so that they know what...

BE­FORE the im­age is shot in-cam­era with as much de­tail as pos­si­ble. high­light and shadow con­trol is in the studio light­ing. i then con­cen­trate on the com­po­si­tion and story be­hind it. in my mind i know how the im­age will look after post-pro­cess­ing.

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