Snow Edit

by Robert Whetton 30. September 2008 23:07
This morning I was greeted by an e-mail from Eric Koch he had a dilemma..
In the attached photo there are a couple of snowflakes that the bride’s mom wants out. The one on the lips and the one on the ear. I know I should be able to get them out, but my first couple of attempts looked just off, and since this is the 8x10 that will be on the center of her wall I need it done right.


So this was snow mean feat (see what i did there? snow, no?.. anyway) a couple of waves with my magic Photoshop wand and.

Here are the Before's.

Close up on the mouth.

Close up on the Ear.

The finished product.

Close ups.

And what did Eric have to say about the edit?
Perfect. You Rock!

So there we have it, another satisfied Photographer.. Remember if its going to take you more than an hour, or you haven't a clue how do do something, please get in touch I charge per quarter of an hour, so some edits that you think will cost the earth, won't..

Can't believe I'm going to do this

by Robert Whetton 27. September 2008 00:13

Well 11:30PM I received a call from an amateur photographer friend of mine, we've been out and shot at the same gigs a couple of times. I helped him a couple of weeks ago with a photo shoot with is girl friend for her folio (music stuff).

Anyway he's been 2nd shooting for that photographer I turned down.. Last week he was given his first solo gig, the 'pro' couldn't make the wedding because he had a family function that he was attending. So lent his gear to my friend. But tonight he called him up saying that he'd just sacked the tog for tomorrows wedding and that he was doing it. Well armed with only a mid range Nikon with 1 battery and 1 wide fast zoom, you can imagine his reaction..

So I said that I'd help him out tomorrow, I can't believe the gall of this 'pro', its not one of his cheaper packages either!

Oh well, I've just checked my gear, synced my cameras so they're both running on the same time and put the spare batts on charge.

Wedding Photography Edit

by Robert Whetton 23. September 2008 01:51
Last week I had a request from Canadian Photographer Lloyd Yoon who had found a problem with one of his photographs.. When he had taken the shot, the bride had actually wrinkled her forehead spoiling an amazing photograph. Lloyd figured it would take him hours to fix, and instead of spending time worrying about the finer points of editing, decided to contact me instead and let me do the hard work for him!

The shot before the edit.
Photo by Lloyd Yoon.
The shot before the edit, zoomed on the brides head.
Photo by Lloyd Yoon.
The shot after the edit.
Photo by Lloyd Yoon. Edit by Robert Whetton
The shot after the edit, zoomed on the brides head.
Photo by Lloyd Yoon. Edit by Robert Whetton

Lloyd expressed that he liked my edit.
dude, that's fricken awesome!

I charge in quarter of an hour chunks, this edit took me approx 43 minutes (i tweaked more than just the brides forehead) please contact me if you require professional editing.

Ask Dr. Bob - Action Script in Photoshop

by Robert Whetton 16. September 2008 22:10
Here's a letter from Joe Bob Henry Jed of Deer Creek Falls, Cornwall. And he asks: "Dear Dr. Stupid, how come some camels have one hump, and others got two?"
That's a very good question, Joe Mark... Bob... Joe... Henry, Bob? Well, Joe, this is where gasoline comes from.... One hump for regular... and two for premium, and unleaded?

I'm sure I'll run out of those.. A question from another POTN member breadandbutter. He would like to know how to turn this.


To make this

All in one hit, so he can batch a directory of Student shots.

Ok, so everything is resized, I'm not going into resizing here, just joining the two shots to make the one.
So we'll start with just the shot of the student.

In the Actions Palette hit the new action button.

This will bring up a new action dialogue box.

Type in the name you want to call the action, I called mine Group Shot.
Ok so now we're recording the action, the first thing we'll so is to expand the Canvas slightly, so going to the Image Menu, select Canvas Size...

Then check the Relative Box and enter 4 pixels in the height and width boxes, then select White in the Canvas extension color.

Hit OK, and you'll have an image like this.

Now we have our border, we need to think about expanding the image to accommodate the larger group shot. First we need to Duplicate the Layer so on the keyboard hold down Ctrl (Command for you Mac people) and hit J, this will duplicate the selected Layer in your Layers Palette.

With the Layer Duplicated we can now work on expanding the canvas. So once more go up to the Image Menu and select Canvas Size...

Because we're looking at putting the Student shot in the top right corner, we'll expand the canvas from that corner. So in the 3x3 grid click on the top right, this will then change to show how the canvas is going to expand. So we don't have to work out how large our image is and take it away from our final size, un-check the relative box, and now we're working directly with the canvas size. The finished size is 800x600px (or however big you're working), so put 800 in the width and 600 in the height and click on OK.

The canvas will now resize to 800x600 pixels, keeping our original image at the top of the screen.

Now its time to bring the Group shot in. Head up to File and Open.

Browse to where your Group shot is stored - be sure not to move it once you have made the Action..

Once you have loaded the Photo into Photoshop, select all Ctrl (Command) and A.

Copy the selection Ctrl (Command) and C. Close the photo. Select the background.

And paste the copied photo, Ctrl (Command) and V.

Look at that, you now have your original student shot on top of the group shot! Ok now we'll shift the student shot into place. Select the Move Tool from the Tool Palette.

Select the top layer

Using the cursor (arrow) keys nudge the shot into position.

Ok so when you're happy that you have your student shot in the right place, we'll add a shadow to help give it some depth.
Go to the Layers Palette and click on the fx icon and select Drop Shadow...

We don't want a heavy shadow so drop the opacity to 30%

All thats left now is just to flatten everything into one. In the Layers Palette, got the palette menu at the top right and select Flatten Image.

Thats it, we're done! hit the stop button in the Actions Palette. Close everything - do not save the file - open the student shot again and run the action to make sure its all working.
Batch processing, using the Image Processor is probably the easiest way to customise this action, it will allow you to specify the image format, JPG, TIFF etc, and easily let you select an output directory. (thanks to poloman for suggesting this).

I've selected the directory which contains the student shots as my source, you can save in the same directory as image processor makes a new directory for each of the different file types, so if you just save as JPG then it will create a new directory called JPG. I've told it that i want all the images converted to sRGB, this will correct any of the images if they happen to be in aRGB etc. At the bottom you'll see a check box to allow any Action you have to be run. Check the Run Action... and then select the Group shot action.

Sit back and watch it do its magic on your directory of student shots.

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Dorset Events Photographer in the UK. Portraits, Weddings, Events, Gigs, Sports and Photo Re-Touching.
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