As mentioned in a previous post, one of my goals this year is to work on photography, and part of that is learning Photoshop (Elements, in my case). I’ve been learning quite a bit watching the video tutorials done by Geoff Lawrence, including adjusting the lighting and color in a photo. That certainly came in handy when, earlier this week, I finally went to backup my wedding photos.
I had a professional photographer, who took the above photo. In addition to the photographer, I also had a few disposable cameras scattered about, because I wanted to get photos of specific people together that the photographer might not necessarily get, being so focused on, well, me. :)
It was a night reception, so the disposable cameras had a built in flash. I didn’t hold out much hope that there would be any spectacular photos among this group, and…I was right. Most of them were very washed out, and more than half of them were so underexposed the developer didn’t even bother putting them on disc. I decided to see what I could do to save some of the photos using what I had learned so far in Photoshop.
Here’s a typical before picture:
I went in, adjusted the lighting levels, color curves, and color variations (the extent of what I know right now), trying to see what I could accomplish. Now, I know this is not super great, but I did manage to make it a bit better, I hope:
The contrast is a little much, I know, so I went in and tried again:
Thank God for professional photographers!
I’ll keep playing around with these photos as I learn more, see what I can accomplish. But really, there’s only so much you can do with a photo like the original. Right? Photoshop Experts out there, any suggestions?