Improvement or Interpretation
Well after another day of reading a book on Lightroom and attending a talk last night on Photoshop I read the next exercise with a little trepidation. I don’t use these tools much in fact over the last two weeks I have used them more than I ever have before. In a way the last few exercises have shown me what these tools can do. After reading more of the Lightroom book last night it seems that you can change virtually everything in an image.
The talk I attended last night was at a camera club, the speaker presented an image that he had taken whilst on holiday. He has received excellent comments from various judges in different competitions, in fact I had seen the picture and thought how good it was. Well last night he showed us how the image was made up of two different images mixed together. One member of the audience said that he needed a medal for the computer work and not just for taking the picture!
For this exercise I had to choose an image of a person in bright clothes. Then using a computer programme I had to select just the person, make adjustments to them and place then back in the image.
I decided to choose an image of three ladies dressed in 1940’s clothes. I chose the lady in the red coat to adjust as I hoped that she would stand out and make it easier for the viewer to see.
Here is the image as taken.
I used a programme called lightroom. Here is a screen shot showing the images before and after (original on the left) the changes as made to the lady on the right. To show the viewer that she is the only person being subjected to the changes I have made the colours far too saturated.
You can see that only the lady in the red coat has been subjected to changes. It was after a lot of trial and error that I worked out how to keep the changes within an area as defined by the woman.
When I started I was changing not only the lady but the butchers shop plastic curtain and the shop front window. I read that by using the auto mask button, as shown below, you can target the areas that you want to change.
Auto mask allows you to select an area without spilling over to an adjacent area. It is also easier if you magnify the image.
Here is a screen shot of the Lightroom programme showing the before and after images, again the before image is on the left.
The main areas of change are the following.
1. After image as a whole subjected to auto-contrast
2. Coat, more colour added
3. Brown dress colour added.
4. Tone added to the ladies face.
Although we have made some changes the essence and integrity of the picture remain the same . We have not airbrushed anybody or removed anything. If the image was shot in a Raw file then you could say that all the information that was needed to make the changes was already there!
The next exercise is slightly different it appears that we will be adding to an image , its called Enhancement.