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Shoot and Edit: Good Night edit

January 28, 2011 Sarah Coggins

When I went to edit my Good Night photo, I was momentarily stumped.  It was one of my first in manual mode (trying hard to learn and become more comfortable with that over auto) and truthfully, I liked the softness.  That said, I forged on ahead and started working on adjustments beginning with the duplicate layer, high pass filter that Ashley has mentioned in the previous weeks.  From there, I started following along with the first half of this week’s tutorial.

I added a new adjustment layer for curves and bumped up the lightness ever so slightly.  Just enough that the texture in the lamp shade begins to show.  Added an adjustment layer for hue/saturation (hue: 0; saturation: -10; lightness: -3).  Merged all layers.  Then used the noise filter, median.  This was another setting I barely tweaked – 4 pixels – but it sharpened it up enough I think.  When I tried a bit greater, the image seemed too soft.


I like how it turned out.  Still retained a bit of the softness and quietness of bedtime, but sharpened up a bit for clarity.  Then, purely for fun since Ashley’s second tutorial focused on bath time shots, I pulled out this photo I took earlier in the month of Dylan playing in the tub:


My version of Photoshop doesn’t have some of the features her PSE has so I played around on my own starting with adjusting the levels.  Then I created a color balance layer (+1, -4, -12).  Cropped the photo to remove the bit of washcloth hanging in the top left (I just didn’t like the look of it!).  Merged all the layers.  Used the noise filter, median (3 pixels), as I did in the good night edit.


I feel like the colors are still slightly off, but I like the overall look and brightness much better!  Definitely fun to play around with and I’m sure I’ll have more bath time photos in the future to edit!  🙂

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  • Ashley Sisk January 28, 2011 at 9:23 am
    You've really done a beautiful job with both edits. I love how you retained that softness while adding a bit more clarity. I also really like what you've done with the bathtub edit. Are you working with full blown PS? I also have CS5 and it doesn't have the same options as PSE (well not exactly)....I do need to find a similar function though. PSE made it so easy!
  • Winn (aka Koreen) January 28, 2011 at 9:26 am
    That is a great edit! The white is so pure now, and you've really bumped up the vibrance. Everything looks good. :)
  • Linda January 28, 2011 at 8:21 pm
    I like both of your edits. The softness of the first one works well for bedtime. I would never have thought he bathtub colors were off unless you mentioned it. I like the brightness to the photo.

    I had to skip this week although I may go back to it later. My kids only went to school for one day this week so I have been a little distracted. :)
  • emily January 29, 2011 at 8:11 pm
    I love the subtle changes the edit made to your good night photo. Very slight but nice. It does make things a bit sharper but still gives you the feeling of nighttime. The bath tub shot changes are great! So bright...
  • Bonnie January 31, 2011 at 10:24 am
    The difference is amazing!
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