Blooper Help

This page is intended for posting Bloopers. I am encouraging especially those images that illuminate “Lessons Learned” with explanations and corrected images on how to avoid those problems in the future.

21 Responses to Blooper Help

  1. Henri says:

    To start this blooper page. Here is my example of not paying attention to my manual settings on my camera. I had taken a few shots earlier and left the camera settings as they were. A little later I was watching some horses over a fence and this particular horse caught my attention as he was observing me with a bit of a defiant look. I also liked the composition with the strong shadow balancing the body of the horse. There was just a second or two that were ideal as the horse walked away.

  2. Henri says:

    Lesson learned. Put the camera on automatic or at least on Aperture Preference every time you finish a manual shot. That is if you want to take candid shots of animals or people. The image below is the best recovery I could get from the original above.

  3. della says:

    I took this photo of the feather and tried to replace the background color but had trouble with object selection as the edge was not well defined so tried use the brush in Lightroom to mask the background area but the effect is uneven , Suggestions welcomed

    • Henri says:

      Hi Della, I am not that familiar with Lightroom, but I know how to do this in Photoshop 6. I use the lasso tool for a rough selection outline and then use the “Select” – “Refine Edge” tool. Works really well. I can demonstrate if you send me the original.

    • Henri says:

      Hi Della, here are some slides that might help you select the edge more accurately.

  4. Henri says:

    Slide 6 – Once you have the final result, you can click “OK” and the selection wraps tightly around your subject. You can now copy and paste it in a differendt prepared new background.

  5. Henri says:

    Slide 7 – I have created a graduated background and placed the cutout on top. Then with a bit of layer mask work you can get a sharp edge. I can send you the psd file for you to experiment with if you like.

  6. della says:

    thank you very much, Henri. Please send me the pdf file.

  7. della says:

    my attempt

  8. della says:

    my attempt right size

  9. Beth says:

    Hi I took this picture downtown at Bright Lights this Saturday. I like the picture but I find the two women in the picture on the lower right hand side seem to glow neon. Can I just change the color settings for those two people.

  10. Dwight says:

    in photoshop I selected the hue and saturation setting and with the eyedropper selected the colours I didn’t like and with the saturation slider pushed them to black and white see attached.

  11. Beth says:

    Dwight,
    thank you. What a difference! Those people now blend in to the picture. I will take the original and practice this. I have never used the eyedropper.
    Beth

  12. Beth says:

    I was working on the Beverages challenge and come up with the attached picture I call “just add ice”. unfortunately I didn’t filter my light and ended up with a hot spot on the picture. Is there a way to adjust the setting for a specific spot? I really don’t want to drop ice in a glass another 50 times.

  13. Henri says:

    Hi Beth. Here is a suggestion (see images below). I tried this on the image above with a layer technique in Photoshop Elements. The image you posted is not of sufficient quality to do a really good job. Give this technique a try and let me know.

  14. Henri says:

    Here is image 2. Click on the images to get the full resolution that is “readable”.

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