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!). After the success of the 6 month anniversary post, we decided that it would be really cool to all edit the same image once a month… enter the “One Photo Focus” If you want to join in the fun visit Stacy’s blog for all the insider info!
This month our original has been provided by Loré Dumbraj of Snow’s Fissures and Fractures. Loré brings us beautiful images, moody, dark and dreamy, so I was looking forward to working on her image. I was not disappointed, look at what she gave us… Looking at the image, the parts I wanted to highlight were the statues face and the pattern of circles that the tables were making. Here is what I did…
- cropped to bring the cherub’s face into the bottom right third and to make it look like he is emerging from a sea of circles
- increased exposure, temperature, reduced vibrance
- added split toning to warm it up and balance the effect
- use adjustment brush to reduce the overexposed area on his shoulder
- decided to see what it would look like in B&W
- surprised to see that I liked it better in mono
- used the radial tool to isolate a circular area including the cherub’s face and a bit of the planter, inverted the mask then brought down the sharpness and reduced the exposure and shadows to create a focal area around his face
- used heal tool on his eye, they were freaking me out!
- added vignette
- ta da!
As usual, I’d be really interested to hear what you think. And don’t forget to check out the other versions of this image at Visual Venturing’s One Photo Focus, I can’t wait to see what everyone else has come up with!