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    April 3, 2010

    It seems so cliche now to say "You can just fix that in Photoshop, Right?"

    As a professional photographer I hear this more and more each day. For the most part we do not use Photoshop as much as people think we do, when we "edit" or "adjust" photo's we use a different program for that. I think too often amateur and hobbyist photographers, "play" with images just because they can, and make alternative reality images in photoshop. 

    This post however, is dedicated to Photoshop, what good professional "photoshopping" is used for.  And the time and cost that is involved with that.

    Let's start with our before picture ...

    Great, bouquet toss image. Bouquet caught in the image mid flight, correctly lit, quests are all looking the right direction ... but we need to fix a few issues before adding it to our album.

    1. First... and this is what the bride asked us about ... we have a guest in a dress that is, um, sheer?!? And a bit distracting. The bride asked if we could somehow "fix" this, she wanted this picture in her album, but not as is.
    2. Well hey it's an exit sign... they are everywhere...but it distracts from the bouquet mid fight.
    3. The way the bride is standing to throw the bouquet has caused an issue with how her back looks in this image.

    So can we fix it? Sure... You can Photoshop anything ...

    As you can see we have fixed all three issues with the image, with the first being the most time consuming. Taking over two hours in Photoshop to complete. While minor changes to an image are included in our album design costs, major changes such as this first one are charged at our hourly editing rate ... of course the cost is always worth it if the end the result is exactly what you want in your album.

    So questions? Feedback? Do you like seeing these types of posts?

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    posted by Yanman Photography
    8:02 AM


    Blogger EvElina said...

    wooow.it's unbelievable.I have photoscape too in my pc,but I didn't know that I can make such things!:o
    how did you deleted that person in black dress?
    great job!

    May 19, 2010 at 2:09 PM  
    Blogger EvElina said...

    sorry,Photoshop there:)

    May 19, 2010 at 2:10 PM  
    Blogger Pavithra Meera said...

    omg...thats crazy photoshopping. i must ask...how did u get back the detail on the blue dress girl when she was totally behind the sheer dress girl?

    May 19, 2010 at 3:26 PM  
    Blogger Su-sieee! Mac said...

    I am so impressed! Why did you decide to take out the sheer-dressed woman completely rather than just fill in her dress? As for the blue-dress girl, did you cut and paste her image from another photo?

    May 19, 2010 at 4:03 PM  
    Blogger Man said...

    Wow -
    I too want to know how you did that and as well why you chose to remove the guest rather than darken in her dress

    May 19, 2010 at 7:34 PM  
    Blogger Kym said...

    Wow...a great photographer never reveals all their secrets!

    I really like how you fixed the photograph for the bride, but I too wonder why the bride did not have you darken the dress instead ....

    The wonders that photoshop can do today for photographers....great job on the photograph!

    May 19, 2010 at 9:08 PM  
    Blogger Carolina said...

    That is very impressive! You made the bride look even more beautiful, which is very attentive of you.
    And I'm wondering about the same things as the other commenters do. I know photoshop can do many things, it's just me who can't handle all those tools ;-)

    May 20, 2010 at 7:34 AM  
    Blogger Yanman Photography said...

    Thanks for the comments everyone.

    First I should mention that I outsourced this work to a photo editor, I really believe that you should stick to your strengths.

    Why remover instead of just fill in the dress? This was the clients choice, but I really feel there was more of an issue then just the dress.

    As for the how did we get back the detail of the girl in the blue dress, as someone pointed out, this was an edit from another photo.

    Thanks for reading everyone!

    Steve "Yanman" Yanni

    May 20, 2010 at 8:15 AM  
    Blogger W. said...

    Thanks, I really found this post fun and interesting.

    May 20, 2010 at 9:12 AM  
    Blogger JoJo said...

    Amazing so impressed!!

    May 21, 2010 at 3:03 PM  
    Blogger Alex Quici said...

    I personally don't use Photoshop, but it's fun to see what you can do. Thanks for the post. Great job!

    May 22, 2010 at 11:08 AM  
    Blogger Yummers said...

    wow thats some pro-photoshopping, just because i dont know how to use it

    May 23, 2010 at 8:32 PM  
    Blogger shan said...

    WOW! That is awesome!


    May 24, 2010 at 8:33 PM  
    Blogger सागर said...

    great job dude..its amazing ...

    May 24, 2010 at 11:22 PM  
    Blogger The Purple Journal said...

    WOW this is amazing! You do beautiful work!!!

    May 27, 2010 at 1:36 AM  
    Blogger CWang said...

    Wow, it's as if she was never there, which I suppose is the whole point.

    BTW, your photo editor forgot to photoshop over the red glow on the ceiling caused by the exit sign.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:38 AM  
    Blogger Yanman Photography said...

    "BTW, your photo editor forgot to photoshop over the red glow on the ceiling caused by the exit sign."

    Actually we discussed that, the glow is coming from the DJ lighting at the feet of the girl standing near the dance floor (you can see some on the ceiling as well) he felt that completely removing that color looked unnatural. This image is crompressed for the blog, this looks better in print, so here it is hard to tell one glow from the other.

    Good catch though.


    May 27, 2010 at 4:34 PM  
    Blogger Arturo said...

    First the positive:
    - Great job with the lady, the new guest to the crowd, the floor, and the table behind.
    - Good job with the back of the bride.
    - Somebody pointed out about the Exit light and my first thought was the same, but looking only the edited picture I think it's a good job!

    - The wall behind the Exit light has become darker than the rest, this could be easily improved.

    - The big poor work for me is the arm of the lady standing beside the "deleted" one (red dress)
    Look here:
    I have edited a little bit the original picture to see who "owns" each arm.
    I understand that perhaps it was the best way to do it because you don't have the face of the lady to "redraw" it, but looks wierd.

    Besides this, sincerely great job!

    May 27, 2010 at 7:09 PM  
    Blogger AmandaRose said...

    Deleting the lady in the dress was impressive, but it created a moment in time that never existed. Wouldn't it have been more effected to darken the dress and make it look non-sheer so that the moment was still accurate?

    Shoddy work with the exit sign removal. Looks rushed and amateur.

    May 28, 2010 at 1:14 AM  
    Blogger Yanman Photography said...

    Wow, I love the attention this is getting.

    First the exit sign - Stop all ready, it looks WAY better then this in print, this file is over 100 megs, you are looking at compression artifacts, it is not dark, look to the right not to the left of the sign. In the album it is completely transparent.

    As for darkening the girls dress. That was the easiest and fastest thing to do, the bride asked to have her removed for more reasons then just her dress, just no reason to go into that here. This is the brides day... and she is the client.

    Arturo, you are indeed correct about the look of the girl's arm however we never had a clear view of this girls face from the correct angle. This was the best way to do it within a reasonable budget and time frame, and most people think it looks great.


    Thanks for reading,


    May 28, 2010 at 11:30 AM  
    Blogger AmandaRose said...

    touché :-)

    May 29, 2010 at 12:03 AM  
    Blogger Hina said...

    I am really impressed on how you deleted that girl in the black dress! Photoshop is just magic~ ;) But about the exit sign I wonder why you didn't erase the light too? There is still the red reflecting light of it at the wall. But that is minor I guess. :) Great job! Makes me want to improve my photosho skills more. Thanks for sharing! :)

    May 29, 2010 at 1:05 PM  
    Blogger Hina said...

    This is when you are too lazy to read the posts above (meaning the light). XD So just forget me blabbing about that again. ;)

    May 29, 2010 at 1:08 PM  
    Blogger ♥ T said...

    Great job! It turned out really nice. Unfortunately, I don't have photoshop so I'm not familiar with it but I would love to read more posts like this!



    June 24, 2010 at 1:48 PM  

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