Tip of the Day – Grassy issues

Tip of the Day – Grassy issues

On my search for a new rural photo location, I specifically looked for a property with fields of naturally long grass – however I came to regret that when I started shooting. Those long pieces of grass played havoc and obstructed my view of the dogs!⠀

Shooting on a higher angle (like I did here) helps, but there is a trick you can use to make it easier to simply edit the grass out, even if it’s right over important parts of the dog’s face.⠀

If there’s a slight breeze, and assuming the dog stays still for a few seconds, taking multiple shots in quick succession should result in the grass swaying just enough to allow you to combine two images and remove the grass using layer masks in Photoshop.⠀

In the first editing tutorial of Episode 7 of RealShoots, I show you my exact process for combining these two shots. The editing tutorial also dives deep into understanding and using the Histogram in Lightroom, to help bring back contrast to a rather flat-looking RAW file. In Photoshop, I show you a great technique for selectively enhancing just a selected range of colours to make the grass look a bit more lively.⠀

Finally, I give you a step by step run-down of how to create a very useful Photoshop Action that I use on nearly every image I edit.⠀

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS II @ 130mm, ISO 1600, 1/1600 sec, ƒ/4⠀

And here are the two RAW source shots for this final image – see the piece of grass in a slightly different position over Armani’s face in each shot?

And here’s the before and after.

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