Here’s my regular caveat, everything I know I learned through trial and error. I’m sure there are other ways to do this but this is how I prefer to do it. I didn’t give any values since the outcome of this depends on what your starting image looks like and what you want the final image to be. Before I start with any shoot or with processing any images I always already know how I want the end product to look like. From there I play until I get the look I had in mind.
Carla, one of my readers, left a comment asking for how to do something similar to this. As it turned out this was also the effect we wanted to the next bikini shoot for WAGW. I decided to wait till after the shoot to use the photos I took then to make this tutorial. Two birds, one stone. Enjoy x
p.s. Ugh, my voice.
p.p.s. If you didn’t that was completely lame and want more of this type of thing, let me know.
p.p.p.s. Photos from WAGW‘s bikini shoot are looking hot! Will be sharing those soon!
p.p.p.p.s. Don’t throw stones at birds, it’s not nice.
Today I thought I’d share how I got to this image:
I was thinking of calling this a tutorial but that seem obnoxious. I am in no way qualified to teach you how to edit your photos. So instead, I’ll call this a quick tip on how to get that rosy/hazy effect. This photo was used for WAGW Online’s Old Romance Collection. I’m sure there are so many ways to do this but here is how I did it. Photos are a little fuzzy and I’m not sure why. The final results are above, click on it to see it larger on Flickr. Click below to get the step by step.
What always helps me is to start with the final image in my mind and work from there. If you noticed, I gave no values or numbers for anything I used while working on this photo. That’s because every photo is different and if I just gave you random numbers to input the effect would be different as well.
Would love to know what you think and if you have any tips or suggestions on how to do it better!
added a little photoshop magic to my New Years’ fireworks photos.
New Year, Cebu Style.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE (and because I forgot to say it: Merry Christmas too!)
See the real photos here
It’s no secret that straightening the horizon on your image can really improve its composition and appeal. But how do you get it exactly straight? I do it with Photoshop or Lightroom. (CS3 and v.1.4, I have yet to update).
So here’s how I do it with Photoshop:
Step 1: Open in Photoshop
I took this on a hike at Morraine Lake in Banff Calgary but I didn’t use a tripod so its slightly crooked. Not a big deal, just a little distracting. Nothing a little Photoshop can’t fix ;) So open up that baby and let’s get started! BTW, that blue line is just there to show how crooked the photo is.
Step 2: Duplicate layer
First things first, duplicate your background layer (cmd+j or ctrl+j) so in case something goes wrong you still have your original image.
Step 3: Lens Correction
Next, go to Filter > Distort > Lens Correction…
Step 4: Zoom Way In
In the Lens Correction dialog box double click the Zoom Tool to zoom into your image 100%. Zoom into your crooked horizon.
Step 5: Straighten
Select your Straighten Tool.
Step 6: Umm... straightening...
Take the straighten tool and draw over (trace) any part of the horizon that should be straight.
Step 7: Boom! You
And boom! you’re done.
Morraine Lake by Jack Kaye
The process is more or less the same in Lightroom. You can find the straightening tool in the crop menu. :)