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Offline Clive

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Photo Editing Challenge #1
« on: January 04, 2010, 02:06:40 AM »
Photo Editing Challenge #1
Show us your digital editing skills in this new challenge we are launching!

Since we are trying something new, please bear with us and offer suggestions as to how this challenge concept can be improved. If you have questions please PM me (Clive) directly and we will clear up any confusion as we go.

The object here is to show off what you can do with your photo-editing software. This can range from basic editing to produce a noticeable improvement in the photo all the way to creative editing to produce something that you feel is an artistic photo worthy of hanging in the Louvre or in the Loo (toilet). ;)

How it is going to work
Below we have posted links to a RAW file and a large jpeg file (on an ftp site) of an untouched image and you tweak it to make it a "better" image ... as you see it. We are trying to improve an image which is less than ideal.

This challenge will stay open until January 18.

The mods will not participate in this challenge. When the challenge closes, the mods will then decide on a single winner. Then we will announce the winner and will allow discussion on entries and methods used.

The winner will then be invited to submit his/her photo, starting the process all over. (Subject to further change as we muddle through this. ;) Please bear with us.)

All edits submitted for consideration must meet the posting guidelines (800 pixels on the longest side, 200MB maximum file size, etc.)

You may use the photo editor of your choice or more than one if you feel it necessary. However, together with the edited photo you must include details of what editor(s) you used and what steps were taken to achieve the result. These details do not have to be a concise explanation running into a large manual, merely the basic steps taken and which format (RAW or jpg) you used, to act as a learning process for others.

When you are ready, please upload your effort in this thread. MAXIMUM OF TWO EDITS PER MEMBER PER CHALLENGE.

To keep things simple in this first challenge, we are using a relatively simple picture.

Copyright comment
For future "winners" who will be posting images for the challenge, please note that providing a large photo for download is inviting theft. Therefore we must use only photos that are of little value to the owner. If an edit makes the photo valuable, the editor must make that full size edit available to the owner (copyright holder) in good faith. Thanks.

Editing challenge picture #1
This is a mule deer doe shot (by me.. Clive) in RAW with an A700 and 70300G. It was in the shade of a chokecherry thicket. ISO 400, f11, 1/160 second. It needs some help. You decide what: levels, colors, contrast, crop, main subject, foreground, background ... your call. 

Here is the RAW file ~ 18MB

Here is the XF jpeg ~ 7MB

This is a small version of the unadjusted image. As you can see it needs some help. Do not use this as your original for editing. Please download either the RAW or jpg file.

« Last Edit: January 06, 2010, 02:13:01 PM by Clive »
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Re: Photo Editing Challenge #1
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2010, 06:05:16 AM »
I can't win so here I go!

first is the jpeg.  Used Elements 5 to monster crop and resized, then auto smart fix, and auto sharpen.  Used Neat Image to reduce a bit of noise in leafy areas.  Saved with quality 11 in order to get below max file size: 

Next is RAW file converted in Elements 5.  I first set WB to shade and tweaked exposure, color and sharpness in Camera RAW 4.4.  In Elements 5 I simply cropped and resized, then added same amount of Neat Image as jpeg version.  Converted to 8 bit and saved as jpeg file quality 11 in order to get under max file size again:  EDIT:  I learned something today by reading "How to Edit a Photo for Web".  I never knew I had this feature in Elements, so I tried it and now can submit a larger photo!:

« Last Edit: January 08, 2010, 03:21:56 PM by Bill »
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Re: Photo Editing Challenge #1
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2010, 12:15:01 PM »
Here's my attempt

I used the RAW file, opened in Adobe RAW, WB on the lightrt area of the deers eye, +46 vibrance, +2 contrast which took it to +28, fill light to 17. I then opened in the CS4, cropped it down, softened the entire image then used Nik Softs Color Efex 3.0 to add a Tonal Contrast layer. Lowered the saturation of the backround and then added a Gaussian blur to the backround.


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Re: Photo Editing Challenge #1
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2010, 02:14:15 PM »

I worked with the raw image. All PP in PS Elements 5. Opened image in ARC & increased exposure, brightness, contrast, vibrance and saturation. I then opened the image in the elements editor and selected just the Deer.
For the deer I adjusted shadows and highlights, levels, color hue and saturation, and sharpened. I inversed my selection and for the BG I darkened highlights and increased saturation and sharpened. Now for the part that is normally against my ethics: I cloned out most of the black marks on the deers face and cleaned up the eye and nose. I also filled in the black area (ULC) and a few other spots with some vegetation. I liked the crop as it was.

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Re: Photo Editing Challenge #1
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2010, 03:58:05 PM »
For this one I used the raw file. I first ran it through DxO using just the a700 70-300G presets.  Then I it took into CS4 and used Alien Skin's Bokeh plug-in. With it I applied a Selection + Planar at 36% Bokeh and 33% Creamy twice.

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Re: Photo Editing Challenge #1
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2010, 03:49:01 PM »
Jpeg, Used Photoshop Cs3.

Did a slight curves, + and -. Did a slight Blur on the background. Sharped the edges of the deer with sharpen tool. Duplicated > High pass 5 px then soft overlay. Brightness on the nose. Scaled it to 800 and duplicated layer, High pass 1 px then set layer to hard light to sharpen the image. Changed the green and yellow saturation down a little bit as well.

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Re: Photo Editing Challenge #1
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2010, 10:59:22 PM »

Cropped so that the eye was bang slap in the middle. Tried the rules did not like it.
Next lowered saturation of the greens boosted contrast by playing with the levels. Lots of nice darks. Bit of vignetting and that was me.
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Re: Photo Editing Challenge #1
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2010, 09:49:27 PM »

Cropped and adjusted light and color in ACR.

Tweeked curves, colors, a bit of Smart Sharpness as well as partial blurring and burning in PS.


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Re: Photo Editing Challenge #1
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2010, 08:16:21 AM »
Here's my effort.
Selected foliage and applied guassian blur. Adjusted shadows and highlights, then slight contrast and levels adjustment. Selected the dear and applied unsharp mask, Cropped some foliage to the right.

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Re: Photo Editing Challenge #1
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2010, 12:51:32 AM »
Went for trying to find the "essence" of deer-ness, normalized the histogram, eliminated distractions, brightened / sharpened eye, brightened eye hi-light (to make the eye "round" - the eye looked dead in the original, to me), subdued background (to make subject "separate"), cropped to take adavantage of angles.  Some local contrast enhancement, some selective increase and decrease in saturation, luminance, and local sharpening.   All PP performed in LR 2.6 only w/ aid of Wacom Intuos 4.
From RAW file.

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Re: Photo Editing Challenge #1
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2010, 09:33:42 AM »
Don't be offended - I'm restricted to what I can do from work so thought I would go out side the box slightly. If nothing else, it's a different spin on the idea.


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Re: Photo Editing Challenge #1
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2010, 06:46:16 PM »
A swan song from my PC (just got a mac)

First one

From RAW  in CS4 Bridge-
Basic – Exposure up/Blacks down/Slight Temperature increase/Clarity +4/Vibrance +5
Tone Curve-Strong contrast
Adjustment brush further sharpening and contrast on eye
HSL/Greyscale-Saturation reduction and green and aqua

Save as PSD

In CS4 Photoshop – Crop/Levels adjustment/Resize for forum

Second one

As before only before resize-

Create background layer /Convert to black and white – turn down green/cyan further and pick out deer with eraser tool.

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Re: Photo Editing Challenge #1
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2010, 10:37:35 PM »

There is a possibility I went too far as my deer is no more- long live the Kangaroo!

Selected the deer, softened and darkened the foliage, lightened and shapened the deer
Used the Deer to Roo filter in CS5 (you can do this is CS4 using free transform)

Lastly I flipped the image
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Re: Photo Editing Challenge #1
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2010, 02:01:54 PM »
This is my effort.

Firstly imported into CS3.adjusted in Raw converter,opened in cs3 ,adjusted in Topaz adjust,clarity.back to cs3 selected foliage area,applied gausian blur (50%).Selected eye adjusted to give some life with white slider in levels.Really enjoyed doing it.Great idea Clive!
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Re: Photo Editing Challenge #1
« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2010, 06:25:07 PM »
OK....I'll  give it a go as well.

Started off in Bibble 5 with Raw
1. increased exposure
2. added a slight s curve
3. added a little vibrance

Sent to PSP X2 as a tiff from Bibble 5
1. cropped
2. sharpened using Focus Magic
3. Used the Flux filter in Nik Color Efex Pro on the background
4. Darkened the background using Nik Viveza2
5. converted to jpg