As you can probably tell, I am still running through my zoo photos. I have so many good shots from that shoot that it’s difficult not to just work completely with them. Especially since there is a “no sale” photography clause with the zoo, so I can’t put the pictures up on Etsy or anyplace like that. I wonder if I can still enter them into contests? Something to look into.
I started working with this zebra shot by adjusting the white balance and tweaking it as a color photo. But then, just for the heck of it, I turned it black and white. Zebras take on a very interesting look when shot in black and white. You know they are black and white creatures, so when you see the image with a black and white background, it gives a whole different feel to the animal’s presence, in my opinion. I think they stand out more as opposed to less, even if they “blend in” with the background. What do you think?
As for the second shot, I worked with the image in both Lightroom® and Photoshop Elements®. Most of the image manipulation was done in Lightroom®, including the split-toning (giving it that blue-grey look) and adding grain to make it look more like a film shot. To emphasize the “film look” I used Photoshop Elements® to put a film frame around it. It was fun and a little different, and I like the final product.
I realize I sound like an advertisement for these programs, but that is not my intention. I wanted to share with you how I go about my editing to achieve the final look. I am usually satisfied with my results, and photography is one of the few things that I have a little bit of self-confidence in. I still have a lot to learn but I am slowly getting there. 🙂
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