Your Photo Manipulations

Alrighty, so I’ve had some great feed back on the photos I asked you to manipulate in this post. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on these. First, let’s look at the landscape shots. Here’s the straight-out-of-the-camera picture I asked you to edit.

And here’s what y’all did with it:

Kristen Thompson is up first. She said:

“I love anything antique, vintage, old or that looks like it is antique, vintage, old. So I usually try a lomography action or two on my favorite shots to see if I can make them look older and more “well loved”. Your picture with this style on it reminds me of old Hawaiian postcards.”

Kristen, I think this looks awesome. Seriously love it. Thanks!

Next up is Jay Caruso.

Jay, I love this because it looks like the true colors of what I saw that day. Awesome.

And third, we have Sunira Moses. She gave me two of this photo.

First is kind of an HDR effect, which is cool. My favorite part is the land itself. It’s so clear and crisp. It reminds me of the way that parts of Africa look in a Discovery Channel special or Planet Earth when they fly over the land.

Honestly, I was so in awe of your creativity here that I just had to show it to Tom early. He did a double take with it just like I did. It was unexpected to turn it into a night scene. I love it.

Okay, so those are our landscapes. Next up is this picture of Will with a messy face:

Here’s Jay’s take on it:

I love the cropped in focus, the bright colors, the way it’s so clear. I’m still learning how to achieve this with darker photos, and I’d love to hear what steps you took to do this.

Next is Sunira:

Clearly, the messy face doesn’t appeal to Sunira. She cleaned him up, but she did it so well that I didn’t even notice at first. And she did black and white but left his eyes a little blue, which (at least for me) pulls the viewer’s focus to his eyes. Like Jay, she cropped the photo to focus on his face. I really like that.

And now for some weird ones. Tom McFarlin, my husband, did this:

It appears that he made Will’s eyes a little too big (and too dark) for his face and quickly scribbled a Harry Potter scar onto Will’s forehead. And he added some more messiness to the food on Will’s face. Then he turned it into a Polaroid. Overall, random and a little creepy. But it made me laugh.

And last, but not least, Brett Barner:

I cannot tell you how much I laughed when I saw this the first time. It was SO not what I was expecting. But it’s what I should’ve expected, because Brett and Tom love to give each other a hard time. Looks like he pulled some picture of Tom making a face off the internet and merged it with Will’s head. That is one disturbing baby.

So there you have it. If you would like to know how they did this, feel free to ask in the comments. I’m sure that these wonderful photo editors would be happy to give out some tips. Thanks for your participation to all who sent in an edited photo!


15 thoughts on “Your Photo Manipulations”

  1. Ha! I will take partial credit for the last one, since I took the photo Barner used as part of his mash-up but that is hilarious.

    I love Sunira’s take with the night scene. Very creative.

    1. AHA! THAT is where I’ve seen it before. I knew I’d seen that picture, but seeing his face like that on Will’s head…it threw me. haha

  2. Tom’s version makes poor Will appear as what the The Joker (Dark Knight version) looked like as a kid.

    As for my PP on Will, there were a few steps. I did apply a little sharpening overall to the image first. Then I used the dodge tool to bring out more detail in his face and particularly his eyes. Then I used my weapon of choice for doing close-up portraits. Many people want to add a little softness to their images and 99% of all tutorials will tell you to use Gaussian blur, but I think it makes the image look too ‘feathery’ if you know what I mean. Almost like a dream sequence which is ok for some uses, but not when you just want to make certain elements pop.

    I use the is the median filter under the noise category. This has a two pronged effect. One, it removes some image noise which is good. Two, it creates a more natural blur almost to the point where you first apply it looks like watercolors. So I create a new layer, apply the median filter (usually at around 20). Then I reduce the opacity to around 20%-30% (I take care to see how the image looks. Leave the opacity too high and it almost gives skin a very fake appearance). I then take my eraser tool (you could you use a layer mask too which is less destructive, but I’ve been happy using the eraser) and go over the eyebrows, eyes, tip of the nose and the mouth to bring all of that sharpness back.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing this! I just tried it out with a different photo of Will. WOW. I wish I had asked you for advice earlier. Thank you, thank you!

  3. Excuse me while I turn a blushier shade of brown.

    The night scene can be accomplished by simply deleting the whole sky, then dropping the brightness and contrast of the remaining scene down to very little since as it gets darker, both color and light diminish. Then all I did was throw in some stars, a moon I liked. The ripple was created by using the “ocean ripple” filter on a duplicate of the moon pic and then I erased the parts that didn’t fit in the little river. 🙂 That’s all.


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