After_Before Friday Week 21

The photo I bring for this, ABFriday Forum Week 21, was taken in Iguazu Falls, Argentina, last year. Of course, such a huge and spectacular nature marvel offers you thousands opportunities to shot your camera. I decided to work with this picture because it shows the authentic landscape you find everywhere around that place.

First of all, I cropped the image to get rid of those body parts in the right edge of the photo.

Then, duplicated the layer and applied a new level adjustment layer to open the shadows and make those people more visible. Next, a layer masks to get back the overexposed background in the previous step.

Finally, I decided to apply the Jose M. Mellado’s 3D Light technique, that I introduced last week, in order to contrast, and highlight, a bit more, the falls in the background which, in the end, are the main attractions of the place.

After-Before Friday Week 20

The photo I present this week was taken in San Pedro Claver Square, in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, when we reach that port during my last vacation, three weeks ago. This was the first of several photos I took of this interesting scene and, being the worst of all of them, technically speaking, I wanted to work with this to see what could I do (just as an exercise, in case it was the only one). So, being so terribly exposed and composed, I knew there wasn’t much I could do. However, I think the result is more or less ok, at least to be shown in this forum.

I basically worked, as usual, in Photoshop, firstly cropping the image in order to get a better composition (and less area to work on!). After that, a duplicated layer to correct the overexposed areas of the photo, trough a new curves adjustment layer. Then, I applied a mask to recover the lost exposure over the main and secondary subjects.

Following, I reduce a bit the contrast to the whole image an increased, just a little bit he saturation. Then, I applied something I call “selective Contrast” (what is just to apply the  “3D Light Technique” learned  from Jose María Mellado tutorial at only in the main subject (the real vendor), to highlight it a bit more over the rest of the so many elements present in the background.

Finally, as something unprecedented in me, I followed Stacy’s normal post processing ending and opened Lightroom to apply a subtle vignette in order to reinforce the highlighting of the vendor(s).

And that’s it! This is not really a work I’m happy to do but, at least, (I think) now we can take a look at the photo!

But, don’t worry, this week ABFriday Forum is plenty of really good photo editing works you can enjoy!

After-Before Friday Week 19

This week I bring a picture from my recent holydays, which I thought, to include as part of my Photo Essay “Inferred Feelings” but, there is no way it can work well in B&W. So, I like it in color and no much editing needed.

As always, in PS CS3, I just:

Applied some adjustments in bright and contrast.

Furthermore, a mask layer to darken a bit the foreground blue, in order to highlight the subjects in the foreground.

And, finally, cropping the image to make it a bit more symmetric.

Hope you enjoy it as well as the rest of the entries to this ABFriday Week 19 at Stacy Fischer’s Virtual Venturing!

After-Before Friday Week 15

The photo I posted this week was taken in the rural small town of my country, called “Los Nevados”. This picturesque village is located in Merida State, in the middle of the “Sierra Nevada National Park”, in the Andina Mountain Range, at 2700 m height.

Not big effort in edition (as I often do); besides the basic routine of levels and contrast adjustments, this time, I practiced trying to recover some details from the deep shadow, produced by the strong contrast, using layer mask:

  1. I applied my normal adjustments in levels and contrast.
  2. Duplicated the final layer and created a mask.
  3. A new considerable level adjustment to lighten up the darkest zones and get some textures in the porch of the house as well as in the faces.
  4. Applied the brush to the mask over the rest of the image to get back the previous levels.
  5. Finally, I cropped the image to straighten it and focusing the attention mainly in that porch context.

I hope you enjoy this one and the rest of the submissions to this week  ABFriday Forum, wonderfully hosted by Stacy Fischer at Visual Ventury.

After-Before Friday Week 14

This time I posted a photo of a representation of a very traditional popular festivity, here in Venezuela called “Diablos Danzantes” (Dancing Devils). This is a Religious festivity celebrated at the Corpus Christi Day. They are named according to the location, being the Dancing Devils of Yare, in Miranda State. In this case, the photo is from the Dancing Devils of Patanemo, in Carabobo State. For more information about them, just in case you’re interested, click here.

The edition for this photo follows the same basic steps I used to do, as it is new levels and contrast/bright layers. Additionally, I incremented, just a little bit, the color saturation and, this time, I used a layer mask in order to get back some details and textures that were lost when getting brighter the highlights, especially in the white-crocheting-veil of the mask.

I hope you like it as well as the other submissions to this week ABFriday Forum at Visual Ventury!