From Clicking to Creating-Week 16
I’m not really into being a portrait photographer, so this weeks Dogwood prompt was a little harder for me. The prompt was all about using different types of lighting for your subject. Butterfly, Rembrandt, split or loop lighting. I had to google what any of those mean, but it all came down to portrait lights. Which I don’t have. I prefer natural lighting, probably because I shoot primarily wildlife, or landscape. So, I took this portrait of my two nieces in my moms basement, with great natural light coming in a window.
I like the shadows, and the light on their faces is perfect. I think anyway. Natural light to me is just…well….more natural. Light coming indirectly from a window is by far my favorite way to shoot anything indoors. If I have to get images of any small products we want to sell, I will set up on a nice backdrop with a little light coming in and it’s usually pretty good.
This weeks 2 Lil Owls prompt is Messy. Who doesn’t love something messy?? This young wild horse provided me with the perfect image after she got a mane full of grass.
Lightroom tips this week may be something you are already using, the spot removal tool.
The spot removal tool in lightroom doesn’t compare with what you can do in Photoshop, but for simple spot removal, it works well enough.
In the develop module, you can find the spot removal tool in the top bar next to the crop tool. Once you click on it, several options will open up. You can change the size of the “spot”, the feathering, and the opacity. I seem to have the best results when it is set to clone, and the feathering is around 50%.
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When you click on the part of the image you want to fix, a second identically shaped object will appear. You can move this around until what you are fixing matches up. Sometimes lightroom guess’s pretty good were to pull from, and sometimes it’s way off.
This is an extreme example so you can see what I mean. Obviously I wouldn’t pick this as my repair. I also have turned the feathering off on this example, to show the sharp edge you will get at 0. Feathering helps the blending of the repair, so it’s not so obvious.
If I’m only fixing minor spots, lightroom does a good job, and it saves me the step of taking the photo to photoshop. Give it a try, experiment with the different settings and see what works best for you.