One Photo Focus: September

We are back with ‘One Photo Focus’. This time the picture credit goes to Stacy Fischer, and this is the image that she gave us.September-2016-One-Photo-Focus-Before

I normally don’t use plus-ins while processing RAW pictures, but this time I decided to start with Topaz Glow. Below.

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I processed it, and added a gradient filter…… After I took it to Photoshop, I decided that this was not the image I wanted, and so I scrapped it, and started all over again. 

Round 2.

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I added an angled gradient, darkened the sky, and pulled the dehaze slider to give it some more depth.

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The picture above shows the HSL sliders in Lightroom

Then, I took it to Photoshop.

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What you see here – above, is the settings that I used in Topaz B&W Effects, after I first created a duplicate layer. I liked the Quad Tones.

I did also do a bit of burning and dodging.I particularly burnt in the auburn of the skies…. and dodged to bring back the lettering on the ship


In the picture above, I am still in Topaz. What you may notice now, is the very slight frame that I added in

And then I went into Photoshop…  I adjusted the darks, did some adjustment to the red and cyan channels. At the end, I added a slight glow.

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What I ended up with, is below…


And, this is how I moved from the start to the end!







    1. Well, the original is beautiful indeed, and this allows the modification to be done seamlessly.

      And, if you don’t mind me being just a bit pretentious, yes, while this is indeed digitally altered, this is a bit ‘arty-farty’! 😉

    1. Thanks! I thought your version was absolutely brilliant…

      I am actually studying the process of making digital daguerrotypes and calotype in Photoshop… This is fascinating. I still love shooting B&W film..

  1. I like the changes/effects that you added to the original photo. I am having such a hard time in Photoshop. I need a class on the things that I can do as it seems to be endless. Just where do you start…Bridge, Lightroom or Photoshop??. I am ok with the basic editing but not sure where to go from there. I appreciate the tutorial on the steps you took to produce your final image.

    1. If you want something simpler, then I could suggest Essentials – that is Photoshop Essentials. I have never used it, but I hear it gives you a lot of functionality, without making life too tough.

      Once you get into Lightroom and Photoshop, then you keep learning.
      I was terrified of Photoshop for a long time…

      1. I have Essentials for a few years but mainly did the basic editing. I decided to take the full leap into Photoshop so that it would force me to learn. I have learned a lot but I seem to be stuck on my vision and how to execute that vision. It is all in reading and watching YouTube videos which I do almost daily.

      2. Well, I did a course on PS, and despite the fact that I have improved, I am now steadily going through a very good book.

        Do you mind if I recommend this one to you?

        It is called Photoshop CC in a Classroom. I will get you the exact title if you want

      3. The book is Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a book.

        Once you get the book, you need to create an account with and download the photographs that come with the book. These are the photos you will be practicing with

      4. Once you get past this, and if you want to go deeper, into layers, then I will recommend another book to you… An excellent one.

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