In this final part of ‘The Debonaires’ editing series we finish off the picture by going through a number of steps including:
Adding a Hue & Saturation Adjustment Layer to bring the sky to life
Converting the image to Black & White to Desaturate the colour in the image
Adding a Vignette
Sharpening using the High Pass Filter
Of course the techniques you see me using in these tutorials aren’t the only ones that can be used to give the same results, and that’s what I love about Photoshop…the fact that there’s not just one way to do something and you can tailor your editing techniques to your own style and preferences. In fact I’d probably go so far to say that despite my ‘favourite’ techniques each time I edit a picture I’ll try something different (depending on time).
Anyway I hope you found this 3 Part editing series useful and if you have any questions or comments about what we’ve covered then as always post them up in the ‘Comments’ section below and I’ll be sure to respond to each and every one; it’s always great to ‘hear’ your thoughts and get your feedback.
Last Thursday saw the long awaited release of the iPhone 4; but was it really worth all the hype and getting up at 4am to line up outside the O2 Store in Windsor and wait for it to open? (Along with Mrs D and 14 other people at the time I hasten to add) Well I guess as a fan of all things ‘Apple’ I’d be expected to say ‘yes’ but in an effort to remain impartial I’d still have to say that the upgrade really is quite something.
The biggest things I was looking forward to was the improved camera now boasting 5 mega pixels and with built in LED flash, HD video recording and a high resolution screen going under the name of ‘Retina Display’.
Focusing on the camera (no pun intended) the quality of the pictures in relation to their clarity, colour, tone and sharpness really are quite something in comparison to the previous iPhone models. As a photographer having a camera with me at all times is a ‘must’ as it helps to keep me fresh and constantly looking for the ‘shot’ but I also really do think that for anyone who would like to have a camera with them at all times but doesn’t fancy carrying around a Digital SLR or separate Point and Shoot, the iPhone is a viable alternative. Don’t get me wrong, the iPhone is no replacement for a digital SLR but it’ll definitely capture good quality, useable pictures for you.
As for the HD video recording, this is something I was really looking forward to seeing and haven’t been disappointed. The 720p HD is extremely crisp especially when viewed on the new ‘Retina’ display screen and the ability to ‘touch screen’ focus and expose just works…plain and simple. In addition, Apple released iMovie for iPhone which is a scaled down version of their desktop video editing software; the same software infact that I have used a lot to make some of the ‘Behind the Scenes’ and ‘Editing’ videos on my YouTube Page.
I couldn’t resist having a ‘play’ at editing some video footage on the day I got the new phone with iMovie, so here’s my first attempt using footage and photographs taken using my iPhone 3Gs. Incidentally, this took no longer than 5 minutes to put together and sure it’s not perfect by any means but it gives you a feel for what can be done with a bit more time:
Here too is a video made and edited entirely on the iPhone 4 that I saw posted on John Nack’s blog. When you watch this, remind yourself that this has all been done entirely on the iPhone 4 and has been nowhere near a computer…really cool stuff!!!
Sure there’s a heck of a lot more to the new iPhone than what I’ve covered in this short post but like I said at the start, it was the camera, HD video and Retina Display that I was most looking forward to. Of course now my mind is working overtime thinking of the possibilities; photo shoots filmed and edited entirely on the iPhone, Live video feeds and so it goes on…
So I guess the question is….do you use an iPhone and if you do have you upgraded? What enhancements were you most looking forward to?
Any questions / comments about anything in this post, as always please feel free to use the comments section below.
I’d been looking forward to this past weekend for a few weeks now as on the Saturday it was Derek & Dorothy’s Wedding. I wrote earlier about these two very special people and was really pleased to see that so many of you had taken the time to send them ‘Congratulations’ by posting in the Comments section; so many of you in fact that I actually printed out 5 A4 pages worth of comments and gave them to Derek and Dorothy after their Wedding Breakfast.
During Derek’s speech, in which I found it a real challenge to hide the tears, he made mention of their photos that had appeared here on the blog and of the comments you’d all sent in. To say both he and Dorothy are overwhelmed by your kindness is an understatement. They are both clearly emotionally moved that people they don’t know from all around the world had written a message to them. Needless to say Derek & Dorothy have said that they will write a message back to you all and I’ll be sure to post it here on the blog along with some photos from their very special day.
For those of you who haven’t read Derek & Dorothy’s story here on the blog, I’d recommend you go take a look. In my opinion they set the standard that all should follow; their view on life, love and friendship is inspirational and should you ever need to be reassured that there is such a thing as ‘True Love’ you need look no further than these two wonderful people.
Incidentally the photo above is one that I took at Derek & Dorothy’s Wedding of two of their closest friends Steve & Gilly Duffy; a couple of people I have to thank for recommending me and for also introducing me to Derek & Dorothy.
Before I sign off I just want to say a BIG thank you to my Buddy Vince Callaghan who was second shooter and assistant on Saturday and who despite the 30+ degree heat and my constant ‘Can you hold the light just there, left a bit, down a bit’ demands was an absolute star and took some cracking shots of his own too.
The photo of Vince above was taken and edited with my new iPhone 4, and yes I admit I was one of ‘those’ people that got up at silly o’clock to cue in line on launch day
Talking of the iPhone 4 I’m really pleased with the upgrade particularly around the built in camera and HD video recording; so much so I’ll post about it later in the week and as well as showing examples of photos I’ll also show you an example of some of the movie editing you can do with the iMovie App which is the iPhone version of Apple’s Desktop Movie editing suite; very impressive stuff.
It’s been a busy week with photoshoots and editing; so busy in fact I completely forgot it was Friday
So, carrying on with the #photoshopfriday theme here is Part 2 of ‘The Debonaires’ edit where in this video I cover:
Dodging & Burning
For the original ‘Final edit’ I actually used a different technique to add contrast; in fact I used the very same technique as that in the recent Beauty Retouch when I added Tone & Contrast to the model’s skin. In this video I used a curves adjustment layer but making sure to change the blend mode of the Curve layer to ‘Luminosity’. Doing this stops the colours in the photograph becoming over saturated as happens when you add contrast. Anyway, you’ll see what I mean in the video so I’ll leave you to click ‘Play’…
Finally, it would be wrong of me not to mention & again thank Calvin Hollywood for the ‘Enhancing Detail’ technique that I use in this video; Calvin ‘You da man!’
Any questions or comments I’d love to hear them so as always please feel free to make use of the ‘Comments’ section below.
Following on from a recent photo shoot with ‘The Debonaires’ I thought you might like to see some of the Post Production that went into editing one of the photographs.
The photograph I’m going to edit for you in this series of videos is Picture ‘B’ from an earlier blog post and the kind of things I’ll be showing you are:
Dodging & Burning
So to kick things off I’m going to be ‘Removing Stuff’ and as I’m using Photoshop CS5 I’m going to show you how I use ‘Content Aware Fill’. One thing I do want to point out, is that all the editing you will see in the next few videos can be done in earlier versions of Photoshop; it’s just that CS5 has made doing the things we’ve always done using tools such as the Clone Stamp and Healing Brush so much easier and more importantly, so much quicker.
There is one thing I’ll say about using Content Aware Fill and this you do not have to accept the first results it gives you.Each time you use Content Aware Fill you’ll get different results…some good, some bad so just undo the result if you’re not happy and try again.
So here as promised is Part 1:
If you have any questions or comments about what you’ve seen in this video then feel free to post them in the comments section below.