Part 7 of a 7 part series on photographing miniatures.
- Part 1 – Equipment
- Part 2 – Setting the Scene
- Part 3 – Lighting
- Part 4 – Composing a Shot
- Part 5 – Depth of Field
- Part 6 – Shooting the Scene – June 13
- Part 7 – Editing your Images – June 20
Finalizing your images for printing, sharing, etc. etc.
I’m going to go step by step through a bit of an extreme example. The stair images I created recently, were edited to match my original searchandrescuewoods series. To do so, I dragged over the layers from my original stair image in Photoshop over to my new ones and made minor adjustments from there. Most of my images don’t get edited quite this heavily, but I think this set, because it is, serves as a better example. The goal is, for me at least, with editing, to create a mood and focus in the viewer.
- Adjust colors and overall tones – to match what was really in front of the camera or maybe darken a bit more if a creepier or night feel is desired
- Crop – to create a more interesting composition
- Clone over unwanted specs, etc. – keep the area simple and clean
- Burn and dodge – dodge, to create a vignette, to keep the viewers eyes in the frame of the image
- Sharpen – every image could use a bit of sharpening, with miniatures it adds shadow to tiny face details, or highlight to small edges
- Open from camera
- Desaturate (-21 Saturation in Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer)
- Burn the edges to create a vignette (Burn tool with 50% Exposure)
- Sharpen (Filter> Sharpen> Unsharp Mask, Amount 69%, Radius 4, Threshold 0)
- Use the clone stamp to get rid of unwanted specs and distractions
- Adjust levels (37, 0.73, 255)
- Adjust brightness and contrast (Brightness 21, Contrast 24)
- Adjust color balance (-83, +3, +32)
- Replace color (I originally wanted a red carpet, but didn’t have that color fabric, I chose a color that would at least easily adjust to red – in this case, purple, as purple is a mixture of red and blue, then used the replace color feature in Photoshop to get a red tone only on the carpet)
If you don’t have Photoshop, check out Pixlr online for free.
Need more of an in-depth look at using Photoshop or Pixlr, let me know in a comment below, and I’ll have a post up soon :)
(as an aside, I don’t have a video for editing the Edward Hopper room box, as I’m not set up with the software just yet)
Questions? Leave a comment below.
Want more? Check out:
- Past MMM posts
- Miniature Resources
- My Studio and Inspiration
- Introduction to Image Editing (Photoshop CS6)
- Photographing Miniature Worlds
- Photographing Miniatures