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Shoot and Edit: Growth edit

May 6, 2011 Sarah Coggins

My biggest frustrations with my photo this week were the overall darkness and the glare on the vinyl wall decal. I snapped fast in my hurry to get the shot before Dylan moved on. He really threw me as last month he posed for about 15 photos there! And, of course, yesterday on his own he stood in front of the wall and let me “measure” him (ie, I put my hand on top of his head so we can see how he measures up – so cute!).

For my edit, I started by adjusting the levels, rotating the photo slightly (I used the wall corner on the right side as my base line) and cropped the image. Then I began playing …

  • Used the picker to select the navy blue color from the giraffe and created a masking layer in that color. I erased all but the glare areas. Then changed the blending mode to multiply and lowered the opacity to 74%. This kept the shadowing but eliminated the brightness.
  • Merged the masking and background layers.
  • Ran Ashley’s Nice & Easy action (yes, I love that action!). I slightly adjusted all the layers (levels, brightness/contrast, hue/saturation, photo filter) and turned on the soft light fill layer.

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

  • Ashley Sisk May 6, 2011 at 8:57 am
    That looks so much brighter - what a cute shot!
  • scrapchick May 6, 2011 at 1:32 pm
    Great work on the edit! Cute pic!
  • Elle The Heiress May 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm
    Wow, great job!
  • allison c May 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm
    It looks great!!
  • Bonnie May 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm
    Awh! He's getting so tall! Great job on editing the giraffe!
  • Julie May 6, 2011 at 7:16 pm
    Wow, the edits are great! :) That giraffe is super cute! I had the same thought when I learned of this week's theme but I have completely failed as a mother to keep growth charts for any of our four kids. Bummer.

    Again, really good job! :)
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