When I stumbled across last week’s 2002 Hawaiian palm tree photo to edit, I also found these gems of my kids when they were little. My kids were my models back then. They actual got so used to the camera, I think they thought it was attached to my face. So they just did their thing and I snapped away. They were in this spinning tube and clearly, I was not paying attention to my settings. I was just shooting away in effort to capture their precious expressions. After looking at the pictures though, I was very disappointed at the quality. But now, I am able to “recover” these pictures with a little Photoshop magic. I may even get it printed now:)
To bring the blah before photo to a more acceptable print. I did the following steps in Photoshop CS5:
- Applied the auto tone as I wasn’t really sure how to counteract the green hue from the tube.
- Raised the curves.
- Then, while in the selective color tool, I adjusted these:
- Under the neutral, I adjusted cyan -27, magenta -2, yellow -9 and the black -3.
- Under the red, I adjusted cyan -24, magenta -20, yellow +37, and the black +2.
- Under the green, I adjusted cyan +51, magenta +13, yellow +17 and black +13.
- ( I would like to say that I had some reason as to why I picked these numbers, but I really didn’t. I was just pushing the slide bars around until I got colors I liked. And in hopes of seeing some pattern, I wrote them down. And yet, no mysteries were really revealed, lol. Maybe it takes a lot more practice at changing colors to figure out the mathematical color ratios.)
After that, I liked what I had basically and just did some minor adjustments for a little more impact.
- Boosted the brightness by 13.
- Raised the contrast by 26.
Once I was done, I went ahead and applied the same steps to the other photos that were taken in the tube. Now, I can put them in a photo album 🙂
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