Before and after - photo editing techniques. Belted Galloway Calf.

Before and after – photo editing techniques

Before and After

This week’s them in our pet photographer’s 52-week project is Before and After. As we are in lockdown at the farm, and I’m not shooting any client work, I thought I’d do my before and after on some of the photos I took last Friday of the Belted Galloway cows and their new babies. The cows were staying on our farm since Spring last year and moved home to our neighbours a month a couple of months ago to get ready to give birth to their baby pandas. The main editing on these images is to remove the pesky flies, and there are still lots of them up here on the Mid North Coast despite the fact we are in Autumn. The weather is very warm and the flies just love harassing these mums and their babies.

Drag the slider to the right on each photo to see the unedited image, and the caption is below each image.

Belted Galloway Calf and mother unedited.Before and after - photo editing techniques. Belted Galloway Calf and his mum having a heartwarming moment.

Flies removed, as well as the mum’s ear tag and the distracting background elements. I also pulled the reds down a little.

Belted Galloway Calf and mum unedited.Belted Galloway Calf standing next to his mum with backlight in golden hour.

Tail on the left removed and I decided to flip the image horizontally in the edit. I added some sun flare to the image also.

Belted Galloway Calf laying in the grass with cows in the background and golden hour light streaming through.Before and after - photo editing techniques. Belted Galloway Calf.

This gorgeous baby calf was enjoying the last rays of the day after having his fill of grass and milk. I removed a few flies and some blown highlights in the grass.

Before - photo editing techniques. Belted Galloway Calf.Black calf sniffing an onion weed flower. Green grass. Sunset.

I love this little one having a sniff of the flower, which is actually onion weed! A daisy would have been much cuter. I decided to crop in on this one.

Belted Galloway Calf.Before and after - photo editing techniques. Belted Galloway Calf standing on the grass in front of a farm gate.

Last but not least is this furry little panda calf. I removed the other calf in the background to give this baby space to shine.


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  1. Kelly Middlebrooks on 24 April, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    Why are those images so relaxing to me?! Wonderful edits.

  2. Nicole on 25 April, 2020 at 12:32 am

    I love the calf sniffing the flower, so cute and the texture of the fur is awesome!

  3. Colleen on 26 April, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    Oh my goodness, such cuteness… I just want to hug them. I love that you call them pandas! 🙂

  4. Angela Schneider on 27 April, 2020 at 3:28 am

    We never see cows on our tours around the world. Thanks for being different!

  5. Elaine on 28 April, 2020 at 3:13 am

    I loved reading your comments about the changes to the images, and using the slider, which made the changes really shine through. I love cows!

  6. Tracy Allard on 1 May, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    Baby cows! Not many things cuter! How sweet that you had a front row seat to seeing them and they are adorable. I’ve never heard of Belted Galloway cows, but I like your reference to Pandas. Great edits throughout, if you hadn’t told me, I wouldn’t have known you manipulated anything (which is a compliment!).

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