Today I will show you how I went from an original image to the final edit when I used Photoshop and a program called Topaz Studio. You can see for yourself what I see as I go along with my editing process. I won’t be showing all the steps or what I used in each editing room. That is tween me and me. (wink) What I am showing you, however, is the end product of each editing room.
Taking the picture … this is the original untouched. The light was glorious that day and how it fell on these leaves of orange, certainly grabbed my attention! I carefully composed the image, decided where I was going to take my light meter reading and from there adjusted the exposure to where I wanted it. I took the reading on the bright orange leaves. This is why the trees are in deep shadow.
Editing in Photoshop I used the radial filter to really make that center tree pop. I did a whole lot of other as well but as I mentioned before that is tween me and me. I could have stopped here because I was really happy with what I created. But, curious minds wanted to experiment in Topaz Studios to see what more I could do. So that is exactly what I did do. Below is the photograph I exported to Topaz Studio from Photoshop.
Exporting to Topaz Studios I had to choose what filter I was going to use. My goodness, there are endless selections! One caught my eye so I clicked on that one and under that selection a long list of subcategories appeared. I chose one and (squeal!) how cool! But the intensity was a bit too much for my taste. Discovering sliders to increase and decrease effect, I played some more. Below is my final entry for today’s post. I found out if you know what you are doing you can cheat and fool the audience into thinking they are looking at real Fall foliage.
Go take a look at the original image again. See? I easily could have fooled you into thinking the colors were this vibrant here already. They’re not.
Photography/ “Experiment”/ Sept. 2019©AmyRose Photography