A peek into the wonderful world of photo editing
Welcome to Week 2 of the 2019 Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project.
The theme for this week is “Before and After”.
Even shelter pets deserve the best
I haven’t started my client sessions this year as yet, so I’m using my shelter photos from my visit to the Sutherland Shire Council Animal Shelter this week. I spent 6 hours at the shelter this week as I had a few weeks’ break over Christmas. There were lots of animals needing adoption portraits to help them find their forever homes.
The first image of each animal is the straight out of camera raw image, and the second image it the edited image. My editing mainly consists of correcting exposure and white balance where necessary, tweaking shadows and highlights, enhancing the eyes, removing any stray hairs or eye goobies (I always clean their eyes prior to taking a photo, but sometimes they still sneak in). I also like to tidy the image up to remove any distractions that would detract from all attention being on the animal and their gorgeous little faces.
With shelter pets, I still undertake leash removal like I do with client pets. When I first started volunteering at Sutherland Shelter, they almost had a heart attack when they saw the photos, thinking I’d photographed the dogs off leash! But alas, that was just some Photoshop trickery… I want people to see the dog for who they are, and not be distracted by a leash holding them in place, so when I can, I remove it.
I hope you enjoy seeing the transformation that a little care and time invested in editing can make, to give the animals the best chance to be noticed.
Your dog… have you been wondering about having them photographed?
If you thought your dog needing to always be on a leash meant you couldn’t have a professional photo session for them, then hopefully this has enlightened you of the possibilities. Most of the dogs I photograph are on leash… and I’ll show you how to hold the leash to ensure it can easily be edited out of your dog’s photos. Don’t put it off until it’s too late … it’s time to let your dog shine!
Thank you for reading and please head on over to check out Elaine Tweedy of I Got The Shot Photography, serving pets and their people in Northeastern PA and surrounding areas.
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