Basic editing

Basic editing

8 week online workshop
Editing: the basics

These were done in Photoshop, which I am really loving. The first picture was taken just the other day, another end of the day walk around home because I am somewhat obsessed with the lovely light at that time of the day and backlighting now! I mainly wanted to bring out more of the detail in the light and trees in the background with the edit, and warm the image up a bit.
The second was one I shared a while ago in original form. In editing I lightened her eyes slightly and cleaned up the scratches on her face. I really love the warm, creamy, vintage look to photos so I have been trying to shoot with that in mind and to achieve that in post processing. My husband says he prefers the original one here, I like the edit, but it’s maybe a little too soft and creamy now.
I love the third one. I love these photos from the soft light/backlighting exercise anyway, and now I think they really look great, that bit more polished.
The last is of my Big Boy, Shadow. I took this photo just a couple of weeks ago. A week later he went off his food and seemed to loose a lot of weight over the course of a week (he is a Ragdoll, so a very big cat), a trip to the vet turned into a horrible weekend of discovering that he had a very aggressive lymphoma and a huge tumour. We brought him home for one last week of spoiling him rotten before we had to let him go. So we miss our beautiful fur baby very, very much. He was such a handsome boy, particularly with those big blue eyes of his, which you can’t really see in the original photo. I also cleaned up some blobs on the carpet around him and tried to get rid of the thing sticking out of his head on the wall behind. I did an ok job with this, would like to do better, but it was actually quite tricky because there is a real change in the light at that point. I think it is much less distracting in the edit, anyway.

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I live in the beautiful hills of Perth with my husband and three year old daughter. I have degrees in history and law but am staying home for a few years to raise my gorgeous little girl. I love creative pursuits, be it creative play with my three year old, sewing, or my new passion - photography. I've owned a DSLR for about 6 years but have only just started to really explore it's capabilities (and mine!).


  1. Something I also meant to mention – one of the very many things I have learnt in this course is how much of a difference just a little cropping can make. Three of these were cropping in just that wee bit, and I think it makes a big difference. Like in the one of Heather with the net there was a tiny bit of her dog Oof’s head showing, not the kind of thing I really notice in viewfinder, and not terribly distracting, but by cropping it out it just cleans the whole composition up.

  2. Good job Siobhan. I totally agree with you about the cropping. Sometimes just that alone can turn a good photo into a stunning one. It’s interesting to see other people’s editing style. Your style is quite different from mine but I still love it. The soft dreamy vintage look is lovely with these images. I think I agree with your husband about the third one though (sorry!) I prefer the original. This one is just a little too soft. It’s close to a current trend in processing called Matte ( A word of warning – make sure you keep a safe copy (or even 2) of the original file. In a few more years you may not like this look any more and want to re-edit it. I know because I often go back and reedit my favourites as my tastes change.
    I’m so sorry to hear about Shadow. I’m glad you managed to capture a lovely image of him before he went. And your edit is lovely. Getting rid of those bright hot spots and lightening the image makes a huge difference.

  3. I do like the soft dreamy vintage look but wouldn’t apply it all the time to everything. I always keep the original, straight out of camera RAW files of everything (everything that I don’t delete immediately after importing and seeing on a big screen, that is!) and I’ll be extra sure to do that now as per your advice. At the moment with the learning of photoshop I’m having fun trying out different styles and different actions and editing things in several different ways to see the differences. The great thing about digital images if if it doesn’t work, you can just delete it!

  4. What an amazing difference the cropping made to your first photo! Gorgeous smile.
    I love how in the editing of the cat photo that you can see his eyes. Wow. I have no idea how to edit so am looking forward to learning this skill soon.

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