Image manipulation causes quite a “stushie”, “stooshie” as we say in Scotland. (Stushie/stooshie = tizzy, fuss, much ado about…). Images on FB have been labelled (incorrectly) as being “photoshopped” as if that was a heinous offence. Adobe Photoshop is the undisputed champion for image manipulation, in fact skilled users can create a photographic image with a photograph being taken. Without doubt Photoshop is powerful, complex and the bees knees for image manipulation. I do have Photoshop CC s part of the Adobe package, but I do not use it. Why you ask? (Okay so you may not ask 🙂 ). I use Adobe Lightroom with Google Nik collection add-in. Lightroom is the digital equivalent of the old chemical “Dark Room”. I shoot in RAW format ,despite the fact that the modern DSLR creates a very acceptable JPG image, and use Lightroom to adjust the RAW (digtal negative) to produce the finished JPG export via Tif (used for printing). I have installed the excellent Nik software plug-in into Lighroom so I am able to do the extra tweaks to the image to bring out the details, colours and contrast from the original image. The original image of “Bath Time for Junior”, taken with a Nikon D5300 fitted with a Sigma 150-500 (1:5-6.3) zoom lens and taken through the double glazed window in my living-room. ISO: 640, f/6.3, 1/200 sec at 500 mm. Camera was set up for RAW and for neutral image colour. Image below is a straight non processed of the RAW file from Lightroom.
I started in Development mode in Lightroom I selected: enable profile correction; remove chromatic aberration; constrain crop. In basic mode (development) I reduced highlights to -74. At this stage I opted to edit in Colour Effex 4 (Nik plug in). I used three presets and tweaked as required, Extract detail ( minimum), Pro Contrast (Dynamic Contrast – corrects colour cast and contrast), finally Darken lighten centre. This resulted in the finished image below:
No cloning, no removing or adding details simple tweaks to bring out what was in the original image. Yes I do image manipulation, no I do not photoshop I have no need to – I use Lightroom.