Edit My Photo – Photography Project at Epicedits

I decided to accept the challenge proposed by Brian Auer in “Edit my Photo” Project.
Here are the original image and the final image:
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Step 1: Croping
By looking at the image you see that it is basically right composed, but, the subject needs to be closer to the viewer of the frame. Therefore, I need to crop the picture…. respecting the standard format…. or… and here comes my idea: a square crop keeping the rule of thirds in place. Not all pictures are fit for a square but this one is: the subject is little and placed over a clean background.
Step 2: Desaturating
The colors of the original photo are a bit washed-out but instead of increasing the saturation and contrast, I prefer in the case a picture like this (who doesn’t have many colors in it) to desaturate it. However, since the background is the see, I give it a teal tint. (Image -> Adjustments -> Black % White).
Step 3: Contrast
Now I want to bring some contrast to the frame, so i go to Image -> Adjustments -> Curves -> Medium Contrast. As you can see I only used preset functions since I feel like I don’t need anything more complicated for this picture: simplicity is a golden key to beauty. 😉
Step 4: Highlighting the Shadows
I am almost pleased with the look of the result except one thing: the subject is more like a black silhouette, with not so visible details over it even if it’s in perfect focus. I went to Image -> Adjustments -> Shadow/Highlight and made the bird lighter… but wait a minute: this step distorted the entire background by making it too white. Lucky, the bird is easy to crop from the background and putting it into a different layer saves the background.
Step 5: Tri-Tone
After the Shadow/Highlight effect, I played a bit longer with the colors of the bird (only) because I seemed to me too green. Hahaha let me make it yellow! That was a joke, of course. I added more blue instead of green so that the result was converting the picture from duo-tone into tri-tone. Once I’m happy with the bird’s look, I merge the layers so I can go on with the final steps.
Edit My Photo - Photography Project
Step 6: Noise Reduction
I move myself farther from the monitor to see if everything is good enough: neah… I need to brighten the image. Done. Now it’s OK. I resize it to 900×900 and get into my NeatImage plug-in in the Filter Menu. Carefully not to oversharp the edges of the bird, I remove the noise that formed during the above processes.
Step 7: Border
I resized the Image Layer a few pixels less than the Background Layer and added an inner stroke of 3px from the Layer Style Menu. Once again, simplicity at the maximum.
Edit My Photo - Photography Project

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I started photography as a hobby in 2005, during college. My passion slowly became a more important part of my life since 2008. Because of using a combination of my photographic knowledge, with those of internet marketing, I like to call myself a "photomarketer".

5 thoughts on “Edit My Photo – Photography Project at Epicedits

  1. Hi there… Thanks for stopping by at my blog,. It was nice of you to leave a comment.

    I think that your image was greatly affected by the fact that your editing environment is not neutral… Your magenta environment has pushed your colour to a very highly saturated green/blue which is magenta’s opposite colour.

    Having said that, I should also say that I love the square crop… It’s a favourite… always.

  2. Hi 🙂 oh, that teal color – I made it on purpose. I didn’t wanted the picture to be either B&W nor magenta. Thank for the comment.

  3. Hi Lau, I’m one of the fellow entrants to Brian’s project.

    I chose your entry as one of my three favourites, and I thought you might like me to share my thoughts on your photo here.

    This is what I posted with my vote to Brian’s blog:

    “This was a very tough call for me, between this an a couple of other entries. I was torn between the aqua tone being a gimmick or a real contribution to the image. Leaving the colour aside, the crop and contrast were technically brilliant. In the end, this interpretation”™s unique charm won me over.”

    Good luck!

  4. I chose your photo as the winner of the challenge.
    The colors were a bit surprising but that is the very essence of ART. The square crop and your contrast and clarifications really won me over. It goes to show that a very “ho-hum” photo can be turned into a work of art with a bit of effort. I spend much more time with post processing raw files than I do taking the pics.

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