Before & After | clean up.

I really love simple images.  Whenever I'm in the editing process I invest a lot of time in perfecting the image.  In the "before" image below, I couldn't avoid certain distracting elements.  So in the post-processing stage I spent some time making them disappear.


For those of you interested, this is how I edited the image - To give it a little more pop, I adjusted the curves to make the blacks black and the whites white. - Then I cropped in. - From there, I selected the picture and fixed the perspective under transform, as well as, warp to adjust the stripes. - I didn't like the blue stripe on the far right, so I copied one of the blue stripes from the left and straightened it. - To remove the reflections of me and the dad, I used the stamp tool at 37% opacity and the patch tool to make us and the reflection of the window disappear. -  I then used the stamp tool at 37% again to soften the wrinkles. (A trick I learned from Blogshop and Bri/angela!) - Then I was done!

Before & After | the wide angle shot.

I'm always proud to post my before and after pictures because most of the time I don't think I can achieve those after pictures.  Those "after" pictures are serious accomplishments for me. Before I start an editing project like this or one that requires a lot of work (like a disappearing man), I'm not always sure I can accomplish what I set out to do. It's very challenging for me, so my pride comes from "I really didn't think I could do it." Leigh Erin and her mister's maternity shoot was a lot of fun on the streets of soho. The problem was that I like to shoot really wide shots and there were so many cars on the streets that day, that I couldn't get the shot I wanted (the "after" picture). Instead, I photographed the left "before" picture and a couple days later shot the right "before" picture when the street was empty. When I tried to merge the two pictures I came across problems.  I eventually figured each out, but at certain points I doubted the "after" picture could be done. - Because the pictures were taken at two different times, the color and lighting was off. - The images were shot in two different perspectives. - Leigh Erin's feet are missing in the original picture