once in a while I get a great shot--but something might need a little
touch-up. Here are a few examples of photos that I have retouched or totally
changed just for the fun of it. Look at some of my side-by-side shots and read about how I changed the pictures...
thing I did in the photo above of Hawkeye was remove the leash that was on the
ground and part of his blue guide dog coat that showed when I removed his
leash. I removed the bright reflections in the background behind
his left ear. I brightened his white chest hair. In the original photo his right eye was closed a bit, so I added a highlight
to open the eye and make him look at me. I blurred the background
grass that was farthest away to make him appear more clear. I also picked
up a piece of yellow grass and a dark leaf by his back left leg. Oh, and I removed the dead
leaf from his chest.
this photograph, the first obvious thing is that I removed Midnight's leash.
The collar appeared to be riding high on his neck when I "took the leash off" so I "removed" the collar as well. I also removed
the black whatever-it-was from the bottom left of the photo. I changed the
paved road to grass to make it appear as a park-like setting instead of
my client's front yard. I highlighted the top edges of Midnight's ears so
they would "stand out" against the dark tree. I also darkened
the branch of the fig tree.
my clients loved the way her dogs watched her every move while we were setting
these vizlas up for a family photo. Although it was a fun shot, the red
stripe really made the viewer's eye skip right over the tallest dog. So,
I removed the stripe.
This is an old Navy photo of my father (Yes, this is my photographer dad Jim Avery!). I removed several small brown spots on the background, scratches across his face, and "hairs" on the photo from lint on the lens. This sure is a lot easier than sharpening those retouching pencils on that vibrating table in the back of Coast Photo.
photograph I removed the dog's leash but because I knew I would be adding
his sister Dixie to this photo I merely muted the collar. I took off some
of the highlights from his hock and stomach area so the picture would appear
softer. I removed the bit of tree in the upper left corner and I raked
up the leaves between the dog's knees. See the photo below for the
Dixie out of another shot and superimposed her on the shot above next to
Midnight. I removed her leash and changed the highlight in her eye so she
would be looking in the same direction as Midnight.
In this picture I wanted to seat the two people closer together, so I moved the man in the blue suit, softened the areas in front and behind them, removed the white cup from the table in front of them, and moved both of their arms so it would appear they might be holding hands under the table.
for reading all of those captions! You would be amazed at what can be done
to fix or repair an old or damaged photograph. If you love that special
picture, but it needs a little help, give me a call. I'll see what I can
do to make it better.