Join John Derry for an in-depth discussion in this video Remove distractions, part of Digital Painting: Transforming a Portrait.
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Despite a photographer's best efforts, it is all too…easy to inadvertently let distractions appear in an image.…This image is a perfect example.…I shot this while in Paris a few years ago.…In the bright sun, the fountain appeared as a vaporous cloud.…And when I got the pictures back, I was confronted with…a tourist relaxing, with a fountain coming out of his head.…In this movie, we'll take a look…at removing distractions, in order to bring focus…to the subjects.…So here we are, and what I want…to do right now then, is evaluate the background.…
And the thing we have to always keep in mind is…that you don't want to be a slave to the photograph.…We want to be willing to make changes, even…big ones if it's necessary, to emphasize the subjects.…Remember that the exact look of the image is all about the subjects.…And so anything else is secondary.…And one of the things in looking at this that I'm seeing…already, is that the offset of the subjects is a bit disconcerting.…In fact, I made a set of guides here so we can…
These techniques work with subjects of any age or skin tone, and are perfect for memorializing moments a photo can't quite do justice to.
- Building the image nondestructively
- Extending the edges of your image for gallery wraps
- Removing distractions
- Handling patterns
- Making preliminary tonal adjustments
- Blending skin
- Adding lighting
- Using vignetting to focus on the subjects