A new addition to my portfolio is this picture of the interior of Southampton University's Guildhall Square building. Part of the building was refurbished for the University, and I photographed the completed works for the architect.
The first thing I did to the client edit image was to crop in tighter.
Next I dodged the back of the worktop removing the shadow.
Then I painted clarity onto the worktop to bring out the texture.
I boosted the sharpening from 70 to 93.
To give the image more impact I boosted the blues using the target Adjustment Tool in the HSL/Colour/ B&W panel. I the reduced the luminance of the blue, which was too much so I backed off a little on the saturation boost.
Next I added a graduated filter to the bottom, and lightened the stools, and boosted the saturation to give the stools a bit of life. A bit of clarity gave the colour in the stools a bit of a boost too.
Last thing in Lightroom was a vignette at -21 and that was that. Apart from the image looked a bit dark, so I boosted the exposure by ½ a stop. Having brightened the image, the buildings in the background looked too bright so I burned them to darken them slightly.
Then over to Photoshop for a bit of cleaning using the clone stamp, healing tool and content aware fill.
This is how I approach cleaning my images in Photoshop.
- Press Ctrl 1 – this zooms you into 100%.
- Press home – this takes me to the top left corner of the magnified image.
- Then view by view I remove anything that needs removing. Once done I press page down and it takes me to the next bit. It doesn't work as slick as Lightroom but it works for me.
So another image in my portfolio. And one that was not in there before.
Footnote - Keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop are well worth learning.
This image was taken on my Canon 6D with Canon 17-40mm lens. The exposure was 1/320th of a second at F11, using an ISO of 100. The image was captured on a tripod.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Thursday 25th August 2016