Nancy and Tom Lea came over to Portland for the weekend. Tom is a retired professional photographer so I like to pick his brain when we get together. A while back I purchased Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor from the Apple App Store. It’s hella complicated and I gave up on it after a bit. But Tom uses it quite a bit and showed me how to get a lot of use of it pretty easily.
Here are three versions of the same picture. I took this picture of a hamburger at Dea’s In & Out with my Canon PowerShot S100 back in January. I made the mistake of not resetting the white balance after taking pictures in the house. I had the WB set for tungsten lighting but the lighting at the restaurant was flourescent. Here’s the original photo
|Original photo; lots of blue tints|
I edited the file with Aperture, working on the color, shadows and highlights, as well as blurring Jay’s hand in the background.
|After adjustments with Aperture|
Much better I think; the french fries that I really wanted to capture look crispier; like they really did at the restaurant. Jay’s hand and the receipt just to the left of the burger have been blurred a bit.
Then I used Adobe Photoshop Elements
I especially like two features of Adobe Photoshop Elements.
- The ability to identify something white (or black or gray) on the photo; click on it and adjustment is made to the whole picture
- The ability to select a part of the photo and then blur the selection, Or, invert the selection and blur everything not in the selection.