Thursday, July 8, 2010

Shhhh - Before and After

Bubba  BW Gradient map Dodge Burn Levels Warm filter - Blog

I really worked hard to rescue this photo and I think it turned out so well that I hate to show you the original.  I was using my fully-manual 200mm f2.8 and somehow completely over exposed this shot.  Also, he was standing next to a red truck that cast this awful red glow on the left side of his face.  Still, I wanted to see what could be done for the photo so here’s what I did:


    1. Applied a Black/White gradient map
    2. Adjusted the Levels, bringing up the blacks and lowering the mid-tones
    3. Very lightly dodged the highlights and burned the Shadows to further increase the shadows in specific areas
    4. Applied a very light warming filter
    5. Flattened and saved – Done!



Bubba Original - Blog









7 comments:

Gina July 8, 2010 at 8:50 AM  
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Gina July 8, 2010 at 8:50 AM  

Impressive! It's wonderful when you can "save" a picture that beautifully!

Mrs. Claus July 8, 2010 at 1:34 PM  

I love "saving" photos too. I just got a girl's wedding CD. She had her wedding on the beach in Florida and there are tractors and workers everywhere. . . . but not for long! Can't wait to erase them so her wedding shots will be gorgeous!

Jen July 8, 2010 at 2:53 PM  

Wow! great save, beautiful picture.

Lynda July 8, 2010 at 3:44 PM  

Wow! You did an amazing job! I'm sure I would have thrown that original away. Seriously: wow!

mooneyequalsmc2 July 8, 2010 at 7:00 PM  

really great work!!!

Melissa July 8, 2010 at 7:04 PM  

oh I love this!
Perfect 'save'!

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