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Edit My Photo September 2022 - Ewan

edit my photo free editing tutorials Jul 21, 2023

With Charlotte Reeves

Ewan was the winner of the August 2022 Edit My Photo challenge in the Unleashed Education community.

As the winner of the challenge, Ewan submitted this gorgeous shot of a Samoyed puppy in the Scottish Highlands. The image was shot with additional lighting so the light is already quite nicely balanced, but we’ll be working on bringing out some more detail and life in the background, and darkening down the rock in the foreground to bring attention to the subject.

Feel free to follow along from start to finish - or Fast Track through the tutorial using the timecodes below.




0:00 Introduction

0:58 Checking for Blown-Out Highlights

1:47 Global Adjustments in Lightroom

3:00 Masking in Lightroom

3:06 Bringing back detail to and enhancing the sky

4:08 Darkening the rock

4:42 Brightening and enhancing the dog

7:28 Enhancing the light in the background

8:31 Increasing the drama in the sky

9:19 Over to Photoshop

9:30 Leash removal in Photoshop

10:34 Tidy-up in Photoshop

11:44 Dodging and burning in Photoshop

13:39 Content-Aware Crop

15:10 Noise reduction with Topaz DeNoise

17:38 Final crop in Lightroom

It's totally free to join in on our Edit My Photo challenges! If you win, you get to submit one of your images to be edited by Charlotte or Craig, plus you score a 20-minute Lifeline Call on Zoom to discuss the edit or anything else relating to the art of pet photography. Opt in to the free Edit My Photo online hub now!

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