I needed three more images for my portfolio.
I was browsing though images in my Lightroom catalogue. I went through some older collections and found this picture taken in Portsmouth, Hampshire. This funky building was next to a construction site I was shooting, and obviously took my eye. In fact I am going to go back to that building and see if I can get a different effect. I want this shot taken on a nice sunny day with blue sky. I particularly want to change the content of the reflections in the left had windows, and think that a different angle and some blue sky might do the job nicely.
Somerstown Central is a unique Portsmouth City Council building.
This was not a commercial image, this was taken for me as I like photographing buildings.
Hopefully you are aware of that by now.
I did not like my previous edit, which was all dark and sinister. I also cropped in for this composition, giving the image a stronger feel. I might keep the reflections as they are thinking about it.
This is a single image edited in Lightroom with a minor bit of removal work in Photoshop using my favourite Photoshop keyboard shortcuts.
After opening the image in Photoshop, press Control and 1, to zoom in. Next I press the home key, which takes me to the top left corner of the frame.
Next I press J to get the spot healing brush up, and scroll down the image using page down. I vary the brush size using the bracket keys.
There was a small panel in the bosom of the image which I simply removed by pressing L for the Lasso tool, selecting the area I wanted to clean with my house, selecting right click, fill then return. Content aware comes up by default so I let it do its thins, which in this case was fine.
In Lightroom if I pressed the page down key once I was at the bottom of the screen it would take me to the next section, but Photoshop does not do this, so I have to scroll up by pressing the space bar, which changes the mouse pointer to a hand, and you can drag your way back up the image, then manually slide along one screens worth and repeat the process.
This might sound time consuming and complicated but it really isn't with practise. And don't ferret to come back to my Blog for my weekly tips in Lightroom and Photoshop.
After you have done some work using the content removal tool you might find when you go back to the spot healing brush that nothing happens. For some reason you have to deselect everything using Control D. No idea why.
When I am done I select Control 0, which takes me back to the full image, and if a I am happy I select Control S which saves the edited image back into Lightroom as a Tif file.
No use of layers here as I am only doing minor adjustments and always have the RAW file to revisit I f I need to. Which I seldom do. Apart from today of course for this brand new image.
This image was captured on my Canon 6D using my Canon 70-200mm lens. Yes a telephoto lens in architectural photography!
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Friday 9th September 2016