EDER679.25 – Blog 1 – PHOTO EDITING

This is a photo that I took for an engagement shoot.  I use Photoshop Elements 8 as my photo editing tool for my photography business.

Original Photo:

Next, I adjusted the lighting, brightened it up a bit.  I increased the saturation so that the colours popped more.  And finally softened the image to give a nice dreamy look.

Next, to erase something from the image.  I erased some of the pebbles on the road, the bow from Nell’s boot, and one of the trees in the background.

Because I am familiar with the rule of thirds, my original photo was taken loosely following the rule.  But for this assignment, I cropped the photo a little bit more to really showcase it.

And finally, I did a horizontal flip (left to right).

This was probably one of my favourite shoots that I’ve done.  The difference from the original photo to the final product is really remarkable!  (Although I do prefer the photo more before the horizontal flip.)


5 thoughts on “EDER679.25 – Blog 1 – PHOTO EDITING

  1. Nice job Stephanie! It’s amazing how different the picture looks from the original to the second photo. I’m not sure why but I like it more with the shrub in the photo – but still the end result is amazing!

  2. Hi Steph,

    Very nice … I really liked the effect of brightening and playing with the saturation. I agree with Patti in that I prefer the old tree in the background – makes it seem more like a country road somehow. There is something about the flipped image that bothers me, and I can’t put my finger on it. I sort of feel in the original they were “climbing upward”, sort of, and the flipped image makes me think they are falling down. Maybe it has to with the fact that we read from left to right? Maybe other cultures who read the opposite direction would feel differently?


  3. Hi Stephanie,

    Very nice shot! Increasing the saturation made such a difference. It went from looking somewhat gloomy to being bright and warm. The flipped picture also looks a little unnatural to me too. Although, if we’d never seen the original, it would probably look fine!

  4. Hi Stephanie,
    You are a very talented photographer! The original photo did not need all the editing, but the end result is amazing. I also agree with you and the other comments that the flipped image is not as natural looking as the original. I think Sam could be right, that it has to do with reading from left to right.
    The softening was my favorite edit. It created a very romantic look, something you want for an engagement photo! Fantastic work!

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