This lifestyle fishing image was shot on Piney Lake in Colorado USA. Dave, the fisherman, ask me if I wanted to go. I knew the light was going to be less than thrilling but I went. I squeezed into the bow and got as low as I could and I noticed the dog was taking interest in something and realized this was going to be a cool image.
The photo color wise is flat, as I knew it would be. I opened the file and no matter what I did, it was just a snapshot and not that great of a snapshot so I quit.
2 years later I wanted to try different layers of the same photo, each with a different color so I could "Build" the image into WOW. The dialog and photos below will walk you through this process.
Where I started:
My first adjustment
The layer below was for the color in the boat and on the water. I also removed the tripod that I totally missed because I was fixated on the dog's expression.
If the sky has a tint, the rest of the scene needs to have that tint too, not matching, but in that direction.
This shows what the "Sky" layer looks like:
This shows what the "Sky" layer looks like with the rest of the scene masked off:
This shows what the "Blue Bags" layer looks like:
And with the mask applied:
This shows what the layer structure looks like. Note that the layers are named, this helps
when you are working on the image as what is doing what - click here or on photo to enlarge:
And this shows the "Snapshots" in ACRC (Adobe Camera RAW Converter). When I am working on an image I know I will need several layers to built on, I will save every color, contrast, hue, saturation etc. setting as I build the image. Each "Snapshot" saves everything you did to that image within the Adobe RAW converter.
This means you can return to the image in the future and re-build the image to match the original finished photo. I can almost guarantee that most photographers will not remember exactly each step and how each layer was processed. By creating and naming these snapshots, you can have a real good idea what you did.
A Canon camera using 100 ISO and 1/125 of a second shutter speed using a
Canon 16-35mm zoom lens at 16mm and f2.8.
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