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Edit My Photo Episode 7 - 3 Fixes for a Pulled-Out Collar

edit my photo Mar 18, 2021

By Charlotte Reeves

Welcome to Episode 7 of the Edit My Photo Challenge series!

In my Learn Pet Photography Facebook group, we run monthly editing challenges. How it works is:

  • I provide one of my RAW images for group members to download and edit
  • They post their final edits of my photo
  • From all the submissions, I choose a “winner”
  • The winner then submits one of their images for me to edit!

I love these challenges (and so do my students!) because it’s so interesting to see how different people’s individual styles and editing techniques can completely transform an image in so many different ways.

For me - editing the winner’s image gives me the opportunity to demonstrate new pet photography editing techniques!

If you’d like to join us in the private Facebook group for Learn Pet Photography so you can participate in these challenges, you just need to be a member of the Learn Pet Photography website  (by purchasing a course, or enrolling in some free training).

Kim was the winner of this month’s challenge with her cleverly done merger of two images to create one amazing action shot. As the winner of the challenge, Kim submitted a shot of two super cute French Bulldogs. There’s just one problem - one dog’s collar is pulled out to the side by the leash.

We can remove the leash, but then the remaining collar appears pulled out to the side by a strange invisible force. 🙈

In this video, I’ll show you not one, not two, but three different techniques for dealing with this issue!

This one’s a very pet photography specific tutorial - so, dog photographers - buckle up and enjoy the editing journey start to finish, or fast-track using the chapter links below.

0:00 - Editing challenge winner
0:51 - The Editing Challenge (How It Works)
1:55 - Winner's image to edit
2:30 - Histogram and basic global adjustments
5:57 - Local adjustments
7:48 - The pulled-out collar issue
8:18 - Removing the leash
12:45 - Technique #1
15:40 - Technique #2
23:13 - Technique #3
26:41 - What I would do to further improve the image
27:14 - Outro
27:25 - Before and afters

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