Thursday, March 13, 2014

Editing Your Photos

I strive to compose  my photos so that very little editing is needed.  I like my photo to represent what I saw through the lens of my camera.  There are times, however where a bit of editing is required.  The two photos below are an example.  You will  note that in the photo before the editing the lighthouse is a bit crooked and the horizon is not quite straight.  The other thing that bothered m e about the photo was the lone tourist standing by the lighthouse.  Sometimes it is great to have people in the photos, but when I am taking a photo to be framed or to be used on Zazzle I really like to have the scenery without people.

Before Editing 

 In the photo below you will see the results of the photo editing.  I use Adobe Lightroom for my photo editing.  For this photo, I first went into the crop tool and moved the angle slightly to the right to straighten the lighthouse and the horizon.  Next I used the clone tool to click on the person and then clicked on the cloud to fill the area where the person was standing in with clouds.

Before I finished I slid the clarity and the vibrance slides up just a bit.  The photo below is the finished product.  Although I think the before photo was good, I do think the after editing photo is better.  What do you think?
After Editing
lighthouse photo by mbgphoto

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  1. I can definitely see the difference and how just a bit of editing can turn a good photo into a great one. Personally, I am a fan of Photoshop Elements, with the ability to make these kind of differences easily, too. A good photo editing tool is a valuable asset.

    1. Susan You are right, a good tool makes a big difference. I have used Photoshop Elements in the past and it is a very good tool. It has some excellent features and is easy to use.

  2. Wow, what a difference just tiny adjustments can make between a good photo and a great photo. Well done.

  3. I love what you did with the lighthouse photo, especially the clone technique, which I've only used a few times with my Corel PSP editing software. I need to remember to use that feature more often! Thanks for sharing the article by 3QuartersToday. She seems to have quite a knack for the use of Adobe Lightroom with her photos.

  4. You've got both the eye and the touch. Those were the perfect edits. The finished product is stunning. I've been thinking of getting started in Lightroom. Headed over to check out the review. Thanks!

  5. Your featured lighthouse photo is a beautiful picture either way, but it does look absolutely perfect after your slight adjustments. I do hate having tourist in an otherwise awesome shot and it is nearly impossible to photo some landmarks or places without them being there. You did a great job editing the gentleman right out of the picture. I can't tell he was ever there. I have never used Adobe Lightroom, but you sure just gave me an excellent reason to try it.

  6. Love your tips for photo editing. I think I probably have to edit more often than you do because you have such a great eye for composition. Seems I am constantly editing out people, telephone poles or wires! LOL The clone tool is one of my favorite. Though I don't have Adobe Lightroom, my Corel Paint Shop Pro has the same tools and I have learned to use them to make my not-so-perfect photos better! Thanks for the tips!

  7. You can really see those subtle differences, and the photo itself is stunning - love lighthouses - the rock, the sky, the tip of waters edge, the clouds - gorgeous

  8. Thank you everyone for your kind comments.


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