Epic Action Photo - Speed EditJun 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!
1:49 Image selection and export
1:56 Eye replacement
2:40 New background selection and edit
2:51 Background replacement
3:28 Ear edge fix
4:14 Ear edge fix using donor image
5:34 Adding extra splashes from donor image
6:18 Mouth replacement
7:30 Nose replacement
7:46 Brightening white fur
8:27 Cleaning up face
8:48 Revisiting ear edge
9:10 Tidying up water areas
9:58 Lightening dog and water
10:13 Saving layered PSD
10:18 Tidying and warming flattened image
10:29 Cropping and extending background up
10:50 General tidying
10:59 Sharpening and enhancing eyes
11:21 Darkening nose
11:29 Further straightening
11:34 Fixing clipped bokeh
11:48 More tidying
12:10 Saving flattened version
12:12 Even more tidying
12:18 Darkening bottom
12:21 Running final "Polish Up" Action
12:25 Sharpening dog and water
12:34 Final eye enhancement
12:46 Donor Images & Final Image
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