So here are a couple of shots from that same recent Al Ain shoot.
Actually, and probably obviously one is cropped version of the other the intent being to create a more pleasing composition.
But in a flurry of Photoshop workflow I didn’t stop there.
Spot the difference?
So perhaps you noticed that the cropped version has also had its levels tweaked to up the brightness and contrast a little -you can see the sparkly things on the back of the lady nearest the camera as a result. (click on the image to enlarge)
Maybe you can see that the line of the building verticals have been straightened with a little bit Edit>Transform >Rotate. so that they no longer appear to be toppling over.
Perchance you noticed the hint of Azure that has been added to the sky?
But most likely you certainly noticed that the flood-lights on top of the building to the left have been removed.
The maxim that the camera never lies, may still be true. but you can certainly stretch the truth a good deal in Photshop.
I hardly ever take my retouching in post this far. Im not even that keen on cropping. I prefer to show the ‘reality’ of the scene as shot. But on this occasion I felt that those lights were not only distracting elements in terms of composition but that they took something away from the scene -somehow making it less ‘exotic’ .
But in my attempt to ‘prettify’ the picture I am aware that I am no longer telling the truth.Ok its a small fib and maybe no big deal but next time where will it stop??
And does it matter?
Retouching or Reconfiguring?
Everyone’s at it. Even Annie Liebowitz employs a team of retouchers.
Answers on a postcard please -alt you could just leave a comment below 🙂