Looking for photos to edit and my friend saved me by sending some photos of her recent trip to Venice. At least I think that is where they are from. The image was opened up in Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6. I’m sorry I have done this tutorial in Photoshop again, mainly because I wanted to use some things that you can’t do in GIMP, though there isn’t a lot.
One of the first things that struck me with this image is all the shadows and how dark the bottom half of the image is. It needed some light and life put into the bottom of it.
Since the water was becoming the focus of the image, I used the Quick Selection Tool to select the river, and to help with the uneven edges and all the boats, the feather tool was used. I only selected 2 pixels, that is enough for this.
The Gradient tool was used to make the bottom edge a little darker as well. When I first looked at the final image I thought it looked the same, and couldn’t work out whether it was better, but when I compared it with the original I could see that it was improved a lot. Hopefully you agree the image is brighter now.
This image has been put through Color Efex Pro 4, using the Classical Soft Focus, then back to Photoshop CS6, once here I thought putting some colour into the sky might be interesting. I used the colour picker to get a colour from the image, you can see where I got the colour from, then I changed to the gradient tool and used it to put that colour into the sky.
This is the final image. I see people doing this all the time, adding colours to the image that you know can’t possibly be real, but some how it seems to work. What do you think?
This time it was opened up into Color Efex Pro 4 again, but this time I used the Graduated Filter filter. I used the orange colour and made a few changes. I haven’t really used this one before. I can see the benefits of it, but I like the previous one more.
Sandra hasn’t seen these yet, I hope she likes them. No doubt I will get a directory full of images so that I can edit them for her. I’m her personal editor. Actually editing images is something I love doing. I love starting with something plain and seeing what I can do to it. Though, I have to remember that what I would do to my images is not what others would necessarily want done to theirs.
HDR Darkroom 2
Remember a couple of weeks ago I did a post on different software packages for doing HDR images. HDR Darkroom came out pretty well, and would be great for people who are new to HDR images but don’t want to outlay too much money to see if they like it. It’s good beginners software.
If you are interested in purchasing it then now is a good time. I’ve received an email saying they’re giving people a 30% discount on the software until Christmas. If you want to take advantage of the discount then use the coupon code “XMAS2012″ to get 30% off on your upgrade to the full version without watermarks.
That’s Melbourne or Not
I just has a call from them, I had asked if they would be interested in advertising on my blog, but apparently what I do to market Melbourne for them is not good enough, so if you want to visit Melbourne after seeing the photos I do of it, I don’t know that I could recommend them for information. It is so frustrating, I think I do a lot for advertising this city and I can’t get any help with it.
I did have their logo on my blog for a while once, and it had some problem and it turned my blog upside down, so maybe it is just as well. I had to remove it, I wouldn’t recommend them now. I should see what other options there are for people who would like to come to Melbourne.