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Processing Zoey

Another photography post. Same disclaimer as before — I’m not a professional, and I’ve got plenty left to learn.

I snapped a quick shot of our dog Zoey the other day. It wasn’t perfect, but I figured I’d play around and see what I could do to salvage it. Here’s the original jpeg from the camera.


The first thing I did was open the RAW file and adjust white balance and color saturation. I also cropped and realigned it a bit.


Next step: Used Photoshop to remove that bit of Styrofoam in the lower right (with the clone stamp tool). I also added a contrast layer and used a hue/saturation layer to selectively brighten the reds, reducing Zoey’s chronically red eyes. Finally, I used the dodge tool to brighten her eyes a bit.


I added another masked layer to sharpen Zoey’s face. It can’t completely compensate for the blurriness of the photo — I took this shot inside, without much light, and the shutter speed was just too slow. But I think it helps some.

Zoey4At this point, I just start playing. I increased the contrast of her freckles, desaturated a bit, and added a vignette effect. I probably get carried away and overprocess things, but I’m having fun.

Zoey5More playing — I added an overlay layer and tweaked the saturation again.


I could keep going. This stuff is addictive. But my kid really wants someone to inflate the wading pool on his last day before school starts, so I suppose I should head outside and do that.

Anyway, I hope this was at least moderately interesting to folks!


Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 5th, 2016 09:30 pm (UTC)
Zoey is a beautiful dog.
Sep. 5th, 2016 09:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you :-)
Sep. 5th, 2016 11:34 pm (UTC)
So if you DO want to fall down the rabbit hole that is dabbling in PS ........ follow me :)


This course changed my life and showed me new and interesting ways to use my photography in a more artistic way - the grunge style may not necessarily be your thing, but the important thing is it teaches you the TECHNIQUES really really efficiently.

There are promos for reasonable discounts around - if you are interested let me know and I can dig one up.

This link shows one of my early experiments (and there is a link in there to a 20 video so you can try out and see if you like the style)


And this was my latest piece


Bit of a difference LOL - after the first course I signed up for Awake, which is the advanced course and I am half way through that, plus I have recently absorbed 2 three day training courses on Creative Live by Brooke Shaden.

Yes this stuff IS fun and can be a major time sink too, fair warning!
Sep. 6th, 2016 12:47 am (UTC)
It helps to have such a cute model :-)

But you are doing some very cool stuff these days.
Sep. 6th, 2016 12:48 am (UTC)
Awww cute pup. Hope the kiddos enjoyed their swim. I'm new around here and not too great at photos but you seem to be doing fine with your editing.
Sep. 6th, 2016 06:49 pm (UTC)
I'm learning stuff and having fun, so I'm gonna call that a win.

And thanks - they had fun! :-)
Sep. 6th, 2016 08:24 pm (UTC)
:) Yep, that's a win.
Sep. 6th, 2016 12:54 pm (UTC)
Ansel Adams once wrote that a professional photographer doesn't get to choose his subjects. I've never pursued professional photography because I'm not a competitive person by nature, and you really have to push to make it as a pro. And now any halfwit can plunk down $600 on an entry DSLR and think that makes them a pro.

It is pretty cool and amazing what you can do in Photoshop.
Sep. 6th, 2016 06:48 pm (UTC)
A few people have tipped me for my author photos or bought a photo product or two, which is nice, but I wouldn't *want* to be a pro. One creative real-work job is plenty, thanks. I prefer to keep the photography stuff as a fun hobby.
Sep. 7th, 2016 03:22 pm (UTC)
Very nice work. I'm curious why you're choosing to use PS for this. Much of what you did is built-in presets in Lightroom. I used to do all my photo processing in PS and while you get a lot more fine-grained control I discovered the speed-up from using LR was easily 100x which made a lot of difference when I was processing hundreds of photos.
Sep. 7th, 2016 03:52 pm (UTC)
The main reason is financial. I have a copy of Photoshop I got at a discount through my employer a while back. The money I'm setting aside for photography is currently going toward a new camera body and another lens.

Maybe one of these days, when all that big Hollywood movie money starts flooding in :-)
Sep. 7th, 2016 03:54 pm (UTC)
Ah, gotcha. I picked up my copy of LR cheap by getting an older version that some outlet was trying to unload to make room for new.
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