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Old Feb 9, 2013, 04:41 PM   #1
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Post processing - before and after

Just interested to see how people have changed/improved their photos in post processing, so if you would like to post before and after images (and the stages you went through if you want) then that would be great.
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Old Feb 9, 2013, 05:21 PM   #2
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Just interested to see how people have changed/improved their photos in post processing, so if you would like to post before and after images (and the stages you went through if you want) then that would be great.
I posted a similar thread a few years ago if you want a head start but I would be interested in revisiting this topic as I know that my processes have improved a lot over the last few years.

I do mostly all my processing in Lightroom but as I am trying to get more into retouching I am starting to take shots into photoshop but I still have a lot to learn!

Here is an example of a shot that I took just to practice my processing and attempting at some retouching:

Before:



After: (EDIT: I've noticed that the compression and uploading has hurt the quality of this image in terms of saturation, exposure and a slight shift in hue)
(EDIT2: I realised I had this picture on Flickr all along so switched it to that.)


Flo by acearchie, on Flickr

It's quite extreme but that's what I was going for.

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Old Feb 9, 2013, 05:33 PM   #3
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I posted a similar thread a few years ago if you want a head start but I would be interested in revisiting this topic as I know that my processes have improved a lot over the last few years.
I saw the thread and it was very interesting to see the changes so I thought I would start a new one. Thanks for posting the images - I can definately see what your intentions were. I will post some images I took today some time tomorrow - I'm relatively new to photography so any feedback would be great .
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Old Feb 9, 2013, 05:45 PM   #4
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I'm currently getting rid of shots I don't need from my library and this is another one that I came upon.

I uploaded the first shots to imgur.com and these ones to imageshack.us. Don't really want to upload them to Flickr as they are one offs but the colour reproduction from these two sites is frankly awful!

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For Comparison here is the Flickr upload, the colours are still quite a bit off from my Lightroom image:

Kath & Will by acearchie, on Flickr
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Old Feb 9, 2013, 06:47 PM   #5
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OK, I'll bite...

A bit extreme for what I usually do, not as extreme as I sometimes go...
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Old Feb 9, 2013, 07:07 PM   #6
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I posted a similar thread a few years ago if you want a head start but I would be interested in revisiting this topic as I know that my processes have improved a lot over the last few years.
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It's quite extreme but that's what I was going for.
Hello Archie...

I hope you don't mind...but I had some fun with one of your images. You said it was quite extreme, and I thought you could have gone further. So I spent a few minutes with it.

I like where you are going, and I know these are old images... at least I think that is what you said.... So take this as constructive criticism.

Pay more attention to wispy hair. Your image that I played with, I removed some of the wisps. I only spent a few minutes so it's not a great job. If you are going to have wispy hair - and there are times when it is appropriate - there needs to be a reason for it.

Pay more attention to lighting your backgrounds when you shoot. There is a lot you can do in post processing, but it is much much easier to work with something that is already there than to create it from scratch.

The image (your image) that I played with was entirely worked on in Lr 4, except for the hair.

If you are uncomfortable let me know - privately or publicly - and I'll delete it. It is your image after all.....
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Old Feb 9, 2013, 07:51 PM   #7
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Here is an older photo of mine that I had to do a lot of processing with. Usually I try to get the best image I can in-camera, but this was such a quick, spur of the moment shot with no time to change my camera settings; and with really difficult lighting, but I eventually got it to where I liked it. I recently revisited this photo to give it an oil paint feel. All three versions are below -

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Here is an older photo of mine that I had to do a lot of processing with. Usually I try to get the best image I can in-camera, but this was such a quick, spur of the moment shot with no time to change my camera settings; and with really difficult lighting, but I eventually got it to where I liked it. I recently revisited this photo to give it an oil paint feel. All three versions are below -
Looks very good - definately has that oil painting look to it.
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Hello Archie...

I hope you don't mind...but I had some fun with one of your images. You said it was quite extreme, and I thought you could have gone further. So I spent a few minutes with it.
No problem! I licence all my images on Flickr with Creative Commons so as long as you don't make money of of it I am pretty much happy!

I do agree about the hair. When I took this shot it was probably my first time opening photoshop and I hadn't really explored the best way to remove hair. In photoshop I focused on the liquify tool to align the eyes more and then I tucked in the upper arms on both sides to make them appear thinner. It's a pretty shoddy job as the straight chair has now become bent but I think unless you compare the two side by side you wouldn't notice.

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Here is an older photo of mine that I had to do a lot of processing with.

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I find this a good shot to push in post because even the first image has quite an eerie feel to it and I can't quite figure out what's going on! If I'm honest I prefer the the "After" version as opposed to the Oil Painting one.

Here is another one from a shoot last week. I've done a lot of experimenting with how B&W can really rescue a shot with distracting colours.

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Bubbles by acearchie, on Flickr
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Here are some of my before and afters - my first time using aperture! (usually just use the canon software). It was a pretty cold and miserable day, but a few outbreaks of sunshine.

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I posted a similar thread a few years ago if you want a head start but I would be interested in revisiting this topic as I know that my processes have improved a lot over the last few years.

I do mostly all my processing in Lightroom but as I am trying to get more into retouching I am starting to take shots into photoshop but I still have a lot to learn!

Here is an example of a shot that I took just to practice my processing and attempting at some retouching:

Before:

Image

After: (EDIT: I've noticed that the compression and uploading has hurt the quality of this image in terms of saturation, exposure and a slight shift in hue)
(EDIT2: I realised I had this picture on Flickr all along so switched it to that.)

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Flo by acearchie, on Flickr

It's quite extreme but that's what I was going for.

I prefer the original image in this case, looks much more natural..
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