AfterBefore Friday is a weekly forum run by Stacy at Visual Venturing where participants get to show their editing skills with (unsurprisingly) an image after they have processed it and what it looked like before. The forum ranges from experts who know Photoshop like the back of their hand to beginners who are just discovering the delights of Lightroom (other programmes are available!). If you want to join in the fun visit Stacy’s blog for all the insider info!
I was very pleased the other day to see that this image had been published in our local magazine “The Saltaire Review”. I sent them three photos and they used two of them, this included. It is a newly started magazine, mainly aimed at local arts events and they have a page for photographs of the local area. This is the second time my photos have been included. Before starting this blog I could not have thought I would have the confidence to send anyone my pictures, but after nearly a year of posting on WordPress, I feel my skills and confidence have increased enough to see if I can take things further. World, here I come! 😉
Anyway, to the image…
It needed very little in the way of changing exposure, I may have increased the contrast and clarity a little, but nothing major. It did have the problem, however, of a big blob of bird muck on the letterbox which I did not notice until I put it through the computer, lovely! I did really quite like the image and so didn’t want to waste it, so I tried to clone the bird mess out. The clone tool in Lightroom is a very effective, useful tool, but it is quite a laborious task and the computer kept picking the wrong area to clone from, but I soon worked out how to drag this area to a more suitable one. I had to zoom right in to clone the mess out, but I think it was worth it, it didn’t really add anything to the image! I did try to straighten the picture, as I’m not normally one for the angled photo (is it called a “Dutch Angle”?) but it looks so much better tilted, far more dynamic! So I’ll have to leave my obsessive straightening tendencies until another time!
Why to check out some of the other ABFriday posts on Stacy’s blog.
Next week is our second One Photo Focus post where we will all be editing Manal Ali’s interesting street scene.