Friday, December 7, 2018

Before and After: Buddha

One of the great features of Schnormeier Gardens outside of Gambier, Ohio is the Asian gardens. The private gardens are opened to the public once every year during the first weekend of June. One of the great features is this Buddha statue. It is a great subject to photograph.

Moving onto the editing. After cropping the photo in close to the face using Adobe Lightroom CC and then opening the photo into Adobe Photoshop CC as a smart object (always try to edit nondestructively), I opened ON1 Photo Raw 2019 as a plugin to add the effect I want. First filter I used was Textures and I used a Twilight texture that I downloaded from ON1 website. You can find textures from the ON1 website in which some are free to ON1 users. Next, I applied a Vintage filter using the Red-Yellow setting and chose the Oatmeal color. Then I applied a Tone Enhancer to boost contrast and a Black & White filter using the Coffee color. Next, I used a Photo Filter with a Tobacco color and a Classic LUTs filter. Then another Textures filter was added using this time Metal Grunge Vignette. And since one can never have too many textures, I added another Textures filter applying a Rice Paper Dark texture. Next, a tilt-shift Lens Blur filter was applied and masked the blur from the face. Then a Film Type 552 Border was added and the border was masked from the top and bottom of the face. A Dynamic Contrast filter was then added to boost the contrast some more. Too help give it the color I was going for, I applied a Split Tone filter and selected the Oats color to finish it off. Whew!

#beforeandafter #photoediting
Before editing using Lightroom and ON1 Photo Raw 2019.
After editing using Lightroom and ON1 Photo Raw 2019.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Before and After: Someone Does Not Look Happy

Another shot from the local Christmas parade shows that someone was not happy being out in the cold. But still adorable these two are.

So getting right into the editing. The editing was plain and simple.  After cropping the photo, I headed over to ON1 Photo Raw 2019. I started with a red-yellow Vintage style and then a Color Enhancer to increase the warmth and the saturation. Then I added a sig softy Vignette and a round Lens Blur. Then finished it out with a Sloppy Border.

#beforeandafter #photoediting

Before editing in ON1 Photo Raw 2019.

After editing in ON1 Photo Raw 2019.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Before and After: Santa is coming!

Better be good because Santa is coming! He already arrived here with Ms. Claus by his side. So before you get busy with the holiday rush, here is a before and after.

Using ON1 Photo Raw 2019, I first started with a Tone Enhancer filter using the Clarity preset. Next I added a Color Enhancer filter and increased the temperature to give the photo a warm look. Then I added a Photo Filter and used the Tobacco style to continue adding some warmth to the photo. using the Textures filter, I applied a Clean Paper texture. Then comes a Vignette but I masked out the top so the vignette only shows at the bottom. And finally finished it off with an antique border.

#beforeandafter #photoediting
Before editing in ON1 Photo Raw 2019.

After editing in ON1 Photo Raw 2019.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Before and After: Christmas Marching Band

On Sunday, November 25th, Mount Vernon (Ohio) had its Christmas Parade. By the way, Happy Holidays! So what does a Christmas Parade or any parade mean...STREET PHOTOGRAPHY! It is always nice to practice one's street photography or try it out at occasions like this.

Now let's move on to the editing! I started in Adobe Lightroom CC by changing the White Balance to As Shot. After cropping the photo, I changed the Highlights to -65 and Shadows to +65 and Clarity to +26. Next, I open the photo into Adobe Photoshop CC as an Smart Object to do any nondestructive editing. There I used ON1 Photo Raw 2019as a plugin. In Photo Raw, I started with a Tone Enhancer to add contrast and then a Split Tone to add some warmth to the photo. Then a Color Adjustment filter to increase the saturation. I added a Vignette next but used a mask to only apply it to the bottom of the photo so the top was brighter than the bottom. I wanted that bright sun look so I added a Sunshine filter followed by a bokeh-001 Texture. Finally finished it by adding a sloppy border with the Border filter.

Enjoy the holidays!

#beforeandafter #photoediting #streetphotography

Before editing in Adobe Lightroom CC and ON1 Photo Raw 2019.
After editing in Adobe Lightroom CC and ON1 Photo Raw 2019.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Before and After: Golden Plane

Giving an old biplane a golden effect using Adobe Photoshop. Starting in Adobe Lightroom, some basic adjustments were made in preparation before going over to Photoshop. First, to give the photo an faux HDR effect using the Basic panel in Lightroom, start by changing the Highlights slider to -81, the Shadows slider to +77, then the Whites slider to +27, and the Clarity slider to +28. Now we can head over to Photoshop by choosing Photo and Edit In. I prefer to choose Open as Smart Object in Photoshop to work nondestructively. 

In Photoshop, I started with adding a Color Lookup adjustment layer from the Adjustment panel and chose the 3Strip setting. Next comes a Gradient Map adjustment layer using the Sepia 3 gradient and sexting the blend mode to Hue. Then I made a copy of the Gradient Map layer and changed the blend mode to Hard Light. Next comes a Curves adjustment layer with the mid-point with the Input set to 166 and the Output set to 102, this darkens the midtowns of the photo. I then using a soft Radial Gradient on the Curves mask to knock out the adjustment in the center of the photo so as to give the look of a vignette. To finish it off, I added two black bars at the top and bottom to give it a wide look.

#beforeandafter #photoediting #adobephotoshop
Before editing in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.
After editing in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Before and After: Knockout in Lightroom

If one wants to knockout a background in a photo, you would go to a photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop. But a few years ago, I read about this trick in knocking g out the background using Adobe Lightroom. Using a photo of a World War II half-track vehicle from a local D-Day event, I thought I give it a try. 

After converting the photo to black and white, in the Basic panel, I adjusted the Blacks slider to +100 and the Whites slider to -100 plus pushed the Contrast slider up to +56 to create a contrast photo to start with. Also I pushed the Shadows slider up to +64. The plan is to try to blow out the whites in the background. To push up the details of the subject, I adjusted the Clarity slider to +45. In the Tone Curve panel, I changed the Lights to -35 to keep blowing out the whites, but increased the Darks slider to +33 and Shadows to -49 to keep the black from being too light or blown out. From this point on, it is using the Adjustment Brush with the Exposure push way up and painting out the background until nothing is there.

So now you do not need to go to a photo edited to knock out the background.

#beforeandafter #photoediting #adobelightroom

Before editing in Adobe Lightroom.

After editing in Adobe Lightroom.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Fall Colors 2018

While winter seems to be here already, I thought I share a shot I took last month while it was still Fall. Shot along the back roads of Knox County, Ohio, the colors were still kinda dull but with the help of the new ON1 Photo Raw 2019, the colors pop!

In Photo Raw, I started with a simple LUTs called ON1 Lutify-me which is a Vintage Chrome. I tend to like vintage. Then I added a Postcard texture with the Textures filter, followed with a Tilt-Shift Lens Blur filter. Then I threw another texture on top, a Photographic Brownie texture. To brighten it up some, I applied the Sunshine filter but changed the opacity to 67%.  Then came a Tone Enhancer filter to brighten it but only applied the filter to the center where the trees are to help bring them out from the background. A Color Enhancer  was then applied to the trees to make the color of the trees pop out. Then finished it off with a simple letter box border.
Before editing in ON1 Photo Raw 2019.

After editing in ON1 Photo Raw 2019.