Join Neil Rhodes for an in-depth discussion in this video Evaluating the photo, part of Photo Restoration: Recomposing a Photo.
- So here we are, we've opened mount_rushmore_01_01 and we're going to be assessing the image for restoration first of all. Now the reason why we need to restore the image first of all before we recompose the photo is we don't want to move the damage from one area to another when we're cloning and moving data around the image. So once we move this girl on the left hand side to the main group on the right hand side we'll be moving any damage across and we don't want to do that, so we need to restore it first before we start the recomposition.
So let's have a look at what damage there is in this photo we need to restore first of all. Now we can see immediately on the left hand side there is some red staining, and on the right hand side we can see some blue staining. So we need to remove these, do that by converting to black and white as one of our first steps. Have a look as we zoom in onto this image, we'll check up here, we can see that there is some cracking in the emulsion of the image and that actually seems to cover a fair degree of the surface across this lady's face, down this side of the image, and along the bottom.
So we're gonna have to tackle those. In the shadows we've got dust along this block of wood, the trousers here, more here, so we're tackling the dust and the scratches. If we zoom out, have a look. Along the top here is a bit fuzzy, but I think that's just from focus, the depth of field, so anything beyond that sign seems to be slightly blurred and out of focus, that's okay. But down at the bottom here we've got a slight bit of blurring and fuzziness, we'll have a look at that as well. May need to use a bit of dodge and burn to correct any strange blodges and blotches around the image.
And also we'll be injecting some detail back into the highlights by correcting the exposure and adding some contrast to the image. So we've got a nice punchy, clean restore before we start to recompose the photograph.
- Evaluating the photo
- Removing cracks and splotches
- Cutting out and reinserting a figure
- Adding shadows and sharpening
- Rebuilding the background