spot the difference

spot the difference

Although i was happy with my photo ‘haul’ from yesterday, several of them looked faded and too dark. That was partly down to the weather, partly down to the camera and the rest down to my ‘skill’ or lack thereof…

However what i can’t do with equipment or weather, i can do in photoshop 🙂 Here’s 5 images which have all undergone major surgery today. The originals are above the photoshopped versions. Spot the difference. Or tell me what you prefer 🙂

Wicklow Mountains

lough tay

This is a photo of ‘Lough Tay’ which has an interesting story behind it. You see that ‘beach’? It’s fake. The sand was imported by the Guinness Family who own that land (which by the way looks to be kept in immaculate condition). The colour of the water is remarkably dark so the bright white sand creates a Guinness-like look.

Anyway, the original photo was pretty faded and dull (thanks, Irish weather). I just brightened it up a bit and made it that bit sharper, then through a retro frame around it.

Glendalough Lake

glendalough

My photos from around this lake in Glendalough are all pretty dark. Again it was cloudy & raining or about to rain as the photos were being taken so that’s why we don’t have much light. I brightened this one up, sharpened it slightly and gave it a green glow.

Glendalough

glendalough

Again, same story here… we needed to brighten this baby up. I also experimented with a ’tilt-shift’ effect and it didn’t come out bad at all. Expect more tilting and shifting from me. It creates a ‘minature toy set’ look when done right.

Wicklow Mountains

wicklow mountains

I like this photo. It’s ‘top gear’ – esque and different. I stuck a vignette on it and made some subtle changes with colouring.

Wicklow Mountains

wicklow mountains

I went nuts with the brightness on this one. This was actually the first image i photoshopped today. Frustrated with a lot of dark images, i decided to go completely over the top on this one. The sky got a bit of punch, the grass at the forefront almost looks ‘toxic’ green and the rest was slapped about until everything was brighter than the original.

And that’s how i photoshop. No technical tutorials or much technical language… just experiment after experiment. Each photo comes with it’s own set of problems so you learn very quickly what everything does and doesn’t do.

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