Posted on Jan 10, 2013
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Being a photographer, I think it’s fun to post some “before” and “after” photos. It gives readers a glimpse inside the editing process for a photo.

I must admit that my editing skills are probably elementary at best, but a good edit can enhance any photo! While a good edit helps a photographer, it is always key to get the lighting, composition, focus, etc right in-camera. The best recipe for a good photo is good in-camera work and touch up with post-production editing.

I thought it would be fun to look at a recent photo I took at a rock band shoot. The photo below is SOOC (straight out of camera). I am fairly pleased with this photo SOOC. I had a flash unit (off-camera) top-right of camera pointing down and about 45 degrees to the singer. I like the warm tones and “grungy” look of the background. Overall, I think it’s a fairly strong photo of the lead singer. But, I really want to “play up” the warm (red) tones in the background and “grunge” the background up. As a photographer, I sometimes like taking chances in editing.

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Like most photographers, I usually start with a simple color/exposure edit. Mainly, I am looking to enhance the exposure of the photo. If the exposure is nailed SOOC, then this is a minor edit. In this photo, this edit “spotlighted” the subject a little more and made him “pop” from the background. It also slightly increased the red saturation of the background.

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In order to “grunge” the background up a little, I used a Photoshop plugin called Topaz Adjust 5 from Topaz Labs. Specifically, I used the “Detail Medium” filter. I like the extra detail it gives to the background! I thought this effect was too strong for the lead singer, so I brushed the effect out of him at about 50-65%.

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For my taste, the photo was lacking a little something. So, I ran the “Photo Pop” action in Topaz Adjust from Topaz Labs. Finally, I sharpened the photo for the web and cropped a little to my taste. The final product is shown below.

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And there you have it! That’s my before and after.

The beauty of photography is that it is subjective. Other photographers may have done it differently. What do you think?

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If you like this image of the lead singer in a rock band, please visit my portfolio where I show more images from previous photo shoots.

Charlotte Photographer