General Life Stuff 2006 - 2008,  Uncategorized

>Cropped and Popped

>I’ve been reading a few blogs lately that have included tips on how to take great photos and also how to fake it or improve your pictures using photoshop or similar software. I took a bunch of photos on Friday night and have played with a couple of them to see what I can do.

Me at my sister\'s BBQ for her 20th Birthday, May 2008.  This picture is straight out of camera, I did nothing but resize it.  In the background there is a white wall off to one side and a yucca plant.  You can also see part of the patio.

Me at my sister’s BBQ for her 20th Birthday, May 2008. This picture is straight out of camera, I did nothing but resize it. In the background there is a white wall off to one side and a yucca plant. You can also see part of the patio.

The same picture after I gave it the photoshop treatment and \"cropped and popped it\"

The same picture after I gave it the photoshop treatment and “cropped and popped it” Most of the background is cropped out making me the focus of the picture much more than before. I also applied sharpen more mask to bring out the detail and used a brightness/contrast layer to make the picture much more “punchy”. Specifically I set it to darker but with an increased contrast and I played with the exact numbers until it looked “right”.

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