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Epic Action Photo - Speed Edit

speed edits Jun 25, 2020

By Charlotte Reeves

Speed edits are just so much fun, right? 😁

I photographed Tess the White Swiss Shepherd last year as part of my Action Superstars series.

When I organised this shoot, I had a really clear picture in my head of exactly what I wanted to capture. I wanted a white dog, captured perfectly sharply, full of energy and expression, launching straight towards the camera out of the water, with a beautiful backlit forest full of bokeh in the background.

Unfortunately, I didn’t end up with that one perfect shot I had in my head, where the framing, action, expression and focus was exactly how I wanted, so I decided to challenge myself and attempt to create that one perfect shot, using multiple images.

My hard work paid off when the image was awarded a Silver in the AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards in 2019. Here’s the full process from start to finish, sped up times 7.

I hope you enjoy watching it!


0:00 - Intro
1:57 - Image selection and export
2:03 - Eye replacement
2:48 - New background selection and edit
2:59 - Background replacement
3:35 - Ear edge fix
4:22 - Ear edge fix using donor image
5:42 - Adding extra splashes from donor image
6:26 - Mouth replacement
7:39 - Nose replacement
7:54 - Brightening white fur
8:35 - Cleaning up face
8:56 - Revisiting ear edge
9:18 - Tidying up water areas
10:06 - Lightening dog and water
10:21 - Saving layered PSD
10:26 - Tidying and warming flattened image
10:37 - Cropping and extending background up
10:58 - General tidying
11:07 - Sharpening and enhancing eyes
11:29 - Darkening nose
11:37 - Further straightening
11:42 - Fixing clipped bokeh
11:55 - More tidying
12:18 - Saving flattened version
12:20 - Even more tidying
12:26 - Darkening bottom
12:19 - Running final "Polish Up" Action
12:33 - Sharpening dog and water
12:42 - Final eye enhancement
12:54 - Donor Images & Final Image

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