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What Photoshop Actions To Buy To Edit Wildlife Photography

As I mentioned in last week’s edit, I love photographing wildlife.  My go to lens is the Canon 70-200 2.8 IS through I am hoping Canon will release a new version of the 100-400 (and I will have my name on a wait list).  While I never hunt, I did call a friend and said “I shot a deer and I may hang its head on my wall.”  She knows me too well, and replied “with what lens…”

On my quest to get out from behind my computer more, I plan to photograph nature and wildlife in the upcoming months.

Editing Wildlife: What Photoshop Actions are Best?

Most of our Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets work equally well on outdoor nature images and animals and wildlife, as they do on portraits.  I get emails all the time from pet photographers who use the Eye Doctor on every dog image.

Below I will demonstrate how our Photoshop actions can impact a few deer images.

My Go-To Photoshop Actions for Outdoor Wildlife Images

  • This edit was super fast.  I’d say that I had two color versions and a black and white version in less than a minute.

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For the first color edit, I wanted to maintain the subtle tones of winter. I used MCP Four Seasons Winter Whirlwind base action + Barren and turned off the black and white layer. I also ran Hemispheres at 25% to add light contrast and used Burn Me Up to darken selective spots in the background. The winter whirlwind base is amazing at pulling out detail from the image.

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To get the B&W version, I just toggled the B&W layer I had turned off back on. Literally one click.  I made snapshots of both and saved both.

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I decided for fun, and to show you an alternate look, how you could make this photo look like it was a late Autumn snow versus mid winter.  For this edit, I used the Autumn Equinox Base (also in the Four Seasons actions) and the look Jenna’s Jewels” on top of it to pop the color lightly.  I then used the Fall Foliage action with a 30% opacity brush and selectively painted on a few of the tree limbs to alter the color tones further.  It is a richer edit but less wintery.

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I ended up taking the Winter looking versions a step further. I cropped in a bit more.  Do you prefer the original or closer view?  And I cloned out the branch that was in front of the deer’s neck.  Here is the results.  The cloning took about one minute using both the clone and patch tools.

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If you are interested in seeing more edits on wildlife and nature, please add a comment and let us know.  We’d love to hear which color you prefer or if you like the black and white version.

 

 

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  1. julie on April 5, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I really like the color version and the close up of the deer. They are both great edits. But I prefer the color!!And yes, I’m interested in wildlife edits!!!!

  2. Joyce on April 5, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I like the one you used the Autumn action on plus the 2 close up ones. The close up one in B&W pops more than the other B&W. Thanks for this post and I too am interested in editing wildlife.

  3. Veronica on April 6, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    What a lovely photo I like the color ones better

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