We are now looking at an image to enhance it, looking up enhance in the dictionary it says “to make greater as in beauty , value or effectiveness.”
In the terms of a photograph I suppose we could say that a person would like to look more beautiful and then they may pay more for the image.
Is it the duty of the photographer to take the picture of a person as they are or is the photographer there to get the “best” image they can , not in terms of a technical image but on how the subjects looks after a little work on the computer.
Changing images has gone on for many years but it is a lot easier now that we have digital computers and computers. I am going to do a bit of research to see if film images were altered to the same extent.
The problem for me is that some people , who most other people think are good-looking, still seem to get their images changed. Maybe they don’t ask for it, but there must be pressure put on somebody to change the images, maybe from the person themselves, or a company or a magazine/paper.
I found these images on the internet. The model looks stunning but even her image appears to have been changed for a series of adverts.
It’s an interesting topic on its own, how we, as the viewing public, see ourselves and others. Would we still buys the clothes if we saw the first image (on the left) in a magazine? It’s also a tough call for the photographer , especially when he /she has to take the images and is asked to change them in order that the customer is happy with the end product. The photographer needs to keep the customers happy in order that they get paid and get more work, they have to earn a living!
Looking at the exercise I was asked to take a head and shoulder shot of a person and then alter the images as below.
Here is my first image as taken:-
A very pretty model and I personally don’t think that any changes would be required, but for the benefit of the exercise I was asked to increase the contrast of the image just on her face.
This wasn’t a massive change to the image but it does highlight the models face.
For the next two images we had to look at just her eyes. A very important part of every face. This is where I was taught to focus on by my photography teacher , he said you must get the eyes in focus.
For the next part of the exercise I had to firstly exaggerate the pupils and iris by increasing saturation and brightness.
This is the result.
Next we had to change the hue , but before I did this I wanted to know a bit more about hue and how it is changed.
I found that it is the changing of all of the pixels in an image clockwise or counter-clockwise around the colour wheel (We saw the colour wheel in my first course)
The hue slider shifts the colors of all pixels in a plus or minus direction around the color wheel. For example blue tones shifted 180 degrees will end up yellow.
See the following website which I found helpful in explaining the concept. http://www.georeference.org
Here is my last image.
As you can see the eyes are now greener. Does it improve the image? I don’t think it does. Of course I am overlooking one thing, the model may ask to get his/her eye colour changed, he/she may want changes made to the picture that was taken. Who am I to argue, as they say the customer is always right! Or are they?
Again lots of work in Lightroom over the last two days. Following some advice I now read the photoshop/ Lightroom books then I type what I want to do into You Tube. There are some great videos on there showing you what to do. I watch the videos as I make the changes.