My younger brother is currently serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Texas. He sent me an email saying that he thought this picture could be kinda cool but needed a little help. He was right on both counts. It is a very cool picture; it has good composition and subject matter but could use a bit of magic. Right away I imagined the awesome possibilities… plus he’s just so darn cute.
:: SOOC ::
(Straight Out Of Camera)
The first thing I noticed was how his head was cut off by the edge of the photo, and I didn’t like it at all.
Second, there were distracting elements I knew I wanted to remove.
:: My Edit ::
I started with Image: Canvas Size and increased the numbers to give myself more room to work with at the top. Luckily his hair is uniform enough in this picture that I knew it’d be possible to extend his scalp. Yikes, that sounds weird! Using the clone tool I created more hair and “tree background” stuff. Looking closely, yes, you may be able to tell the tree-line is edited. But for all intents and purposes here I think it works fine. I then “cloned” out the cars and larger signs, while still leaving a few memorable structures for him that are true to the area. Finally, because the colors in the original are bordering “over-exposed” brightness, I played around with some black and white actions and fell in love with a vintage feel for this photograph.
Similar editing techniques could be applied for old family photographs that are damaged or need a bit of repair. Do you have old (or new) images you’re working on or that you’d like to improve?