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Shoot and Edit: Green edit

Shoot and Edit: Green edit

April 1, 2011 Sarah Coggins

I did love my SOOC shot this week. Just found it, well, dull. The colors needed to pop – the green of the leaves, the yellow & orange of the butterfly. Those things were my focus and following the tutorial Ashley shared, it came together.

I used the “getting grass greener” hue/saturation steps to improve upon the green of the main leaf – the leaf the butterfly is sitting on. I left the remaining leaves as is. Then I repeated the new hue/saturation layer with shades of orange and yellow. For these I focused only on the orange and yellow areas of the butterfly’s wings. After I was pleased with all three colors, I merged the layers and added a new adjustment layer for color balance. I tweaked all three options (shadows, midtones & highlights) slightly. Again, I merged the layers. Then I added the high pass which gave the photo that final pop it needed. I’m excited about the results:

Shoot and Edit: Green edit

Join in the fun with Jill Samter Photography and Ramblings and Photos:

  • Ashley Sisk April 1, 2011 at 8:18 am
    Your edit looks beautiful - and I love that while you've enhanced it, you've kept that nice soft soothing feel. Love it!
  • Casey Wright April 1, 2011 at 9:29 am
    This looks beautiful! I'm super impressed with your mad photography skills!
  • Cat @ No Wooden Spoons April 1, 2011 at 11:02 am
    That's amazing! I love the color coming through the butterfly wings now! You did a great job balancing it all together!
  • Cedar April 1, 2011 at 11:02 am
    Very well done! The colors are really rich now!
  • jillconyers April 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm
    Looks great Sarah. The getting the grass greener how- to is awesome!
  • Bonnie April 1, 2011 at 7:07 pm
    Wow, Sarah! It's hard to believe that these are the same shot! Awesome!
  • Jill Samter Photography April 1, 2011 at 7:18 pm
    this is one of my favorite shots and edits this week! beautifully done!
  • mommy of Five April 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm
    love how you cleaned it up and made it pop!
  • emily April 3, 2011 at 3:16 pm
    Really, really nice edit! I love it.
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