52 project: digital darkroom

Digital Darkroom: Before Digital Darkroom: After

This week’s 52 project assignment was digital darkroom which asked us to provide a before and after shot to demonstrate what we may add in processing. My subject this week is little Amelia, a 6 week old lab mix who is available for adoption at AARF starting this Saturday — we expect her to be very popular.

Straight out of the camera (raw format), I was happy with composition and the background bokeh. I applied my standard adjustments in Lightroom to shape the photo to my style, including: adding more contrast, bumping up the saturation a bit, adding a bit of dark vignetting, increasing the clarity (midtone contrast) slightly, applying a slight S-curve adjustment to the tone curve, and finally increase the brightness just a bit to get the right exposure in Amelia’s face. I occasionally use the clone tool in Lightroom to remove distractions in the photo, but in this image I didn’t need it.

Next up is Toronto Pet Photographer Karen of Posh Pets Photography – click through the 52 project links until you come back to little Amelia!

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