Frank Hardy Photography

PhotoShop Work …

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One thing that I have been proud of since I went digital in 2002, is how far my PhotoShop skill has progressed.  It literally took me several years to understand how the program works and all of the things that you can achieve when using them.  You really have to become a student of PhotoShop because there is no way that you can learn all of the functions that the program offers … at least me anyway.  The following image of how a good image can be improved to be a better one.  My good friend Bud Lovoy took this image at a wedding that we did several weeks ago down at the Barkley House in downtown Pensacola / Seville Square.  The first image is what I call ” OOC ” or out of camera .   Nice relaxed pose and expression … looks believable.  So much of the stuff that I see on other photographer’s blogs looks like it was staged or set-up … nobody does some of the contrived positions that the bride or couples are placed in.  The one that always gets me is the couple holding hands, standing up against a wall or in a parking lot or in the middle of the road.  But enough of that … here is the image that I started with …

IMG_4061  OOC  _  SFW

Not bad … I did not have to do a lot of PhotoShop to this image.  I leveled the image and removed the framed prints.  The hardest part was making the wall look the same on either side of the sofa.  Balancing the color and removing any shadows took the most time.  Now, the finished image …

IMG_4061  On Red Sofa _ RTP 1 _ Color  2 _6x4 SFW

I put my tag on the prints, but like I mentioned earlier, Bud Lovoy was the photographer and I was just the retoucher on this image.  I will have to make Bud a “tag” and replace mine sometime in the future.  I plan on creating a post in the near future with images I made at her wedding two weeks ago, so please check back.  I know a lot of girls will be getting engagement rings for Christmas in a few months and will start planning their wedding for 2014.  I hope that they will at least remember Bud and I, so you will see a few wedding posts in the future.  Even though I have been shooting weddings for over thirty-five years, I am always surprised to see all of the new names out there working in the area.  Here is a link to Bud’s Zenfolio site, where you can view images from this wedding and other events that Bud has photographed.

That is all for now … Please give me a call at 850-449-1279 and I will be happy to discuss how all of this comes together.  Thanks and please check back … Frank

Written by Frank Hardy

October 24, 2013 at 8:46 am

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