Yesterday, I shared information and images of my family vacation to the Southern Caribbean. Today, I’ll show you an edit where I transform the image from a snapshot into a photo I am printing on a gallery wrapped canvas.
I took the following photo in Curacao, while on board a trolley. I could not stop and compose it properly. I was in a moving vehicle with 50 or so people. As such I quickly snapped the image and figured I’d see if I had something workable later. I often hear photographers on my blog and on Facebook say to other photographers, “you need to get it right in camera.” Some even think Photoshop action makers, or even Adobe Photoshop in general, enables photographers to cheat and not learn to take great pictures without editing. I do agree Photoshop is a tool that sometimes helps less than perfect photos. But sometimes, for example when you are on a tour and cannot stop to get a better shot, it is the only way to not miss capturing an image.
To me it is more important to document the moment, especially on vacation, than just forget it because things were not ideal. What do you think?
Now for the edit:
- I started by using MCP Fusion Actions Set – and ran One Click Color. I left everything at the default opacity.
- Next I ran the Magic Markers Action. Normally you paint this action on just where you want it. But I wanted it everywhere so I inverted the layer mask instead (Ctrl + I: PC or Command + I: Mac). It was a bit strong, so I lowered the opacity of that layer to 45%. I loved the pop of color – do you? The buildings, if you’ve ever visited Curacao, actually are very close to the intensity in the after. The original snapshot did not truly capture how vibrant they were.
- Lastly, I cropped it to a 20×10 ratio. There was so much sky in the original and that guard rail was pretty ugly too. So as I cropped I also rotated the image slightly.
- I am printing this as a 30×14″ gallery wrapped image, but am having the lab digitally stretch the sides, as I do not want to lose any of the print. I could stretch it myself but it’s quicker to have them do it.