Before we get to the after-before galleries, just a reminder that today’s post reveals the July ABFriday One Photo Focus photo! What is One Photo Focus? It’s the first ABFriday of each month when all participants edit the same photo. Fun? You betcha! Check out June’s 1PF!
In a nutshell, here’s how it works:
- The photo to be edited is revealed in the ABF post two weeks in advance.
- If you’d like to join in, email me at email@example.com. I will send you links to the full-sized RAW and jpeg files. Download the one you wish.
- Email me your “after” image no later than midnight EST Wednesday, July 1, two days prior to the post.
A time zone converter and all the important submission details are on the After-Before Friday Forum page, as are the details for participating in “regular” ABFriday posts. Come along and join us in one or the other (or both) – we’re a fun-loving group!
July’s One Photo Focus Photo!
Submitted by Robin Kent — PhotographybyKent
Now back to our regularly scheduled ABFriday post with all the creative after-before photos submitted this week!
My submission: This rather uninspired image of the front entrance of The Plaza Hotel in New York City sorely needed some playtime with Lightroom CC and a few of the Nik Efex programs! While I typically try to keep “reality” in my post-processed images, I decided this one would benefit from a high-key approach. While the video is long (apologies in advance), I discuss LR’s lens correction and camera calibration panels, graduated neutral density filters, and black and white conversion. If you watch the whole thing, you’re the bomb 😀 And don’t hold back with your opinion if you hate what I’ve done or if you like any of the intermediate versions you see in the video more than the final one I’ve chosen!
Submitted by Robin Kent — PhotographybyKent
Robin says: I ventured into new territory this past week and tried my hand at Backyard Wildlife Photography. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be Before I began. But After I made some adjustments in the shooting strategy, things got somewhat better.
Submitted by Klara — Sliku svoju ljubim II
Submitted by Rajiv Chopra — rajivchopra
Submitted by Cee Neuner — Cee’s Photography
Cee says: Red to me is one of the hardest colors to photograph outdoors. Red tones usually turns out to be a burnt out magenta with a hint of red that is if the the object is in the sun. It took me many years of trying to get a perfect balance of shade and sun. And then it was results were rarely consistent, it really depends on the tone of the red (light or dark). Then I finally discovered how to fix it in my post processing.
Submitted by Lynne Ayers — Beyond the Brush Photography
Lynne says: I like strong perspective shots but my original was definitely lacking impact. My mission was to emphasize the perspective.
Submitted by Nic Anderson — Photography by Nic
Nic says: There is a photographic technique called Focus Stacking that I became aware of early last week, and have since then spent quite a bit of time learning how to use the software. There was a really big learning curve and I think that I’ve become a better Macro Photographer in the process. Some subjects are much harder to stack than others and I have had to make some artistic decisions. The most important part is that I have been having whole lot of fun.
Check out my post to find out how I was able to create this After, using 10 images stacked.
Submitted by Katie Prior — Drawing with Light
Katie says: This month I have been attempting to understand curves in Photoshop, I use them to bring back some of the early morning warm light in this image. Click on the link to find out more.
Submitted by Emilio Pasquale — Photos by Emilio
Submitted by Mary Hone — Tales from the Backroad
Submitted by Amy — The World Is a Book
Submitted by Benjamin Rowe — Aperture64
Submitted by Loré Dombaj — Snow’s Fissures and Fractures
Loré says: I managed to sneak up on my cousin, but not on Berta. Just a little fun with this family memento.
Please click on the links of those who contributed this week, to read about their post-processing steps and/or to see what other treasures they have on their blogs. They’d love to have you visit!
So what do you think of the ABFriday forum?
Feel free to leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comment section. And don’t forget to view the guidelines if you want to participate. I’d love to have you onboard!