The Daily Focal Point

October 9, 2008

Birds Eye

Filed under: Week One — cabenelson @ 9:39 pm

Oh the power of Photoshop! This is the extent of how much I will mess with a photo in Photoshop. See below for what the original photo looked like when it was taken. You can accomplish some pretty amazing things with Photoshop but my whole purpose in using the tool is to make the picture as natural as I can (for the most part) start by adjusting the basics: brightness/contrast, levels, and then progress into variations. Variations will provide you with 12 different views of what the photo will look like with added green, blue, magenta, yellow etc- It will also allow you to add different levels of saturation (amount of color). Variations is the most important tool for me. I also use the dodge and burn tool to increase certain parts of the pictures darkens or brighten other subjects without brightening the entire photo. Look closely at the windows in the barracks with the old vs. new photo. They have been darkened and the buildings have been brightened to create a more striking photo.

One thing you’ll notice with my photos is that I love pictures that are dark around the edges and have a lighter center in the middle of the frame. For some reason I feel like this creates a more engaging image to look at, it’s visually appealing to me I guess. I’ll accomplish this by simply burning at different flow levels around the image in Photoshop. I also shoot most times with my Nikor 200mm lens and that creates a darker perimeter around the photo with a lighter center. Mmm I feel like eating Oreos now…




  1. LOVE Cronkite Beach at dusk.

    Comment by Kimba — October 15, 2008 @ 6:25 am

    I love that photo, I can’t believe that that photo was photoshopped. You are the bizzomb and I am so excited that you know have a ‘Photography Website’.
    Love it!

    Comment by Abby — October 16, 2008 @ 1:24 am

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