Exercise – Alteration
After nearly a month of Photoshop and Lightroom , I have now arrived at the exercise where I have to take something away from an image , then using the following tools repair the background successfully.
- Clone Stamp
- Copy and paste
- Patch tool.
In this case, according to the notes Successfully means “a viewer coming fresh to the picture would not be able to tell that there had been any retouching!”
Well I started off by adding part of an image to another, just to see if I could do it. In this case I wanted to add the sky and a RAF search and rescue helicopter to a scene at Windermere.
Here is the original image
The weather was poor when I took the original image as you can see there are two rain stops on the lens. The helicopter shot was taken on the south coast on a sunny day , so the sky and the aircraft image looks a lot different to the Lake Windermere shot.
Here is the image after I used Photoshop to change the sky and add the helicopter:-
The next image shows where the images were joined together. The result is a bright day in the Lakes, with no apparent rain, that’s a first!!!!
You can see in the image above :-
- Where the new sky was added above the tree line.
- A missed pixel in the trees
- The addition of the aircraft , which I hope that I have got to scale.
Now we come to the second part of the exercise, taking something away.
Here is the image I decided to use:-
As I said above the course notes sounded simple enough, “successfully remove one element of the image” Well as I have found with a lot of the exercises on this course, this seemed to take me forever. I was switching between Photoshop, lightroom, and Aperture. I had to look at two books and watch numerous You Tube clips (and with them adverts for all types of rubbish!!!!)
Here is the results of my efforts:-
I tried everything I could to get the white paint to blend in together, I think this will be an ongoing project of mine for the next few days.
I will update my blog if I can improve the above shot.
This has been a hard few weeks. It has helped that I have been at home so I am putting in 5-6 hours a day into my course. Now I know what its like being a full-time student. I have to say one thing I know a lot more about Photoshop and other computer programmes than I did in November 2011, so that is a good thing.
Do I think there is a place for “altered images” in today’s world of photography, well that is a very difficult question. Newspapers, magazines, websites and customers seem to want them. So does the photographer provide them even though it may be against his beliefs?
More and more photographers are using digital cameras so there is scope to change images to meet the requirements of the customer. However I did read that some professional photographers are going back to film. Of course it may be too little too late for Kodak.
Looking ahead I have now to complete Assignment 3 and 4, my camera is with Nikon at the moment having a service. As soon as it’s back I’ll be out there!
My next set of course work notes look interesting, so I will have a busy few months ahead of me. I’m hoping to get this part of the course completed before the Olympics start in the summer, as I will be very busy at work.
Let me know what you think of any of the images that you can see in my blog.