Tip of the Day – Crop last

Tip of the Day – Crop last

What I love about cloudy skies is their ability to provide soft, even light, which makes it possible to shoot from virtually any angle, just as long as you’re in a fairly open area. This shot actually wouldn’t have been possible on a sunny day, due to harsh sunlight coming in from the left.

I did intend to leave Kay in the background, as a waist-down dog and owner portrait – but I felt the dark colours of her clothing drew the attention away just a bit much from the main subject. So I made the decision to remove Kay and I planned to keep the image super simple, using just a few elements. The concrete jetty – the cloudy sky – the rough seas – and Niku – who I relocated to the centre of the jetty.

I used a bunch of editing techniques in both Lightroom and Photoshop, then just when I thought I was done, experimented with some creative vignetting and cropping options in Lightroom. The great thing about doing this in Lightroom as a last step is that it’s non-destructive, so you can play around with various crops to your heart’s content, without permanently removing parts of the image.

The full edit of this image, from RAW file to finished image, is covered in a 36 minute long post-processing tutorial of Episode 6 of RealShoots.

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II, Canon EF 135mm ƒ/2L, ISO 160, 1/1000 sec, ƒ/2

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