Me-n-PhotoShop – Part II

Yep, it’s addicting.

Actually, it’s that I’m finally going through all my digital pictures, trying to figure out which ones are decent enough to print, and thinking, “Hey, may as well ‘Shop ’em a little first, right?”

Besides, it’s fun.

The time – a few years ago

The place – Montana De Oro State Park (GO there!)

The details – The Boy, caught unawares while sitting on the rocks of a little inlet. Mom thinks, “cool shot!” and takes the picture.

The result – an OK shot, but a little washed out thanks to the overcast skies and my lackluster photographic skills. Just, ho-hum.

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The “fixes” – Option 1 selected the subject, color corrected and increased saturation, then the same (at different levels) for the background. The background also got a dose of increasing contrast. This one is actually very close to what it looked like “in real life”.

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“Fix” 2 – The same adjustments to subject, but the background was desaturated in order to bring more focus on the subject. Much closer to the original image, but a little bit more “pop”.

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Finally, just for fun – using PS’s Watercolor filter and a high level of detail – just to get a different look.

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I’m no major artist, or great photographer, but when a few relatively simple tweaks can produce such great results – heck, why settle for dull snapshots ever again?