While I’m a strong believer that a well-exposed and well-composed image does not need editing or retouching through PhotoShop or Lightroom, there is no doubt, that popping an image for enhancement purposes is definitely a great thing.
For instance, here is a before and after of basic PhotoShop retouching that I do on all of my images.
However, there is a time and a place to add a little fantasy once in a while, and I want to do a series, sharing my PhotoShop Secrets and PhotoShop Actions here and there.
Here is one that is fairly drastic that I recently shared. This was a rework. I was looking through some work and decided that I could have fun with this.
Another more drastic….
Believe it or not, this is not hard to accomplish. If you know how to work on PhotoShop layers, that is all this is. It’s very simplistic. I’m going to do some videos to break it down.
No, I do not do this to every image from every session, but once in a while, I like to enhance in this way. I could have shot this closer up, cutting out the ugly background or I could have shot at a different angle – however, the light was simply beautiful in this direction and I wanted to do something with the bridge. This “Fantasy Edit” softens up the harshness of the background. I also have a toning that leans toward magenta.
and pssst…. I’m working in all JPEG. *GASP* I just laugh at those who want to scorn me for using JPEG – at least I don’t have to upgrade my computer every year from lack of space to store all the images and using heavy editing software. Business is about being quick and efficient…. and being an artist is about seeing and envisioning and doing….
Can I shoot in RAW and do I shoot in RAW? Sure…. but I don’t have to… and that’s the beauty of it.