This image is one that could be considered not up to snuff, but with some careful editing it went from being a dark dull shot that was not 100% sharp, to some artistic magic instead 🙂 – Click on the image above to see a larger size
Here is the original image, after quite a lot of editing in Lighroom. As you can see, the background is very bright and distracting, the heavy dark branch overpowers the image and takes focus away from the kookaburra.
Post Processing Steps:
- Edit original image in Lightroom with the focus on the kookaburra
- Bring into PS and run through Nik Color Efex to enhance the colours in the bird some more
- Select and mask out the bird on the branch with Topaz Remask
- Spend time tidying up the mask
- Trial several different Daily Texture Backgrounds until the right one is decided on and oriented correctly
- Tidy up the mask some more
- Flatten bird on background and bring into Topaz Impression
- Find the right effect, apply
- Tidy up some details
The lighting is at an awkward angle from behind and above the bird, so I had to make sure the tonal ranges with the background suited.
Overall I am pleased with how the final image came out. The end of the branch is a bit soft and could probably be tidied up a bit but its a vast improvement over the original photo
Its nice to be able to shoot an image, knowing that you can later edit it, and take an average photo and make it into something much better.
Do you like the painted version? Not your cup of tea? Let me know!