How I Did It—There’s no such thing as a throwaway picture

How I Did It

My wise old grandmother took a lot of pictures and never threw any away. If a picture overall was bad, she’d look for the good parts, cut them out, and put them in her scrapbooks.

I learned from her, and even in the digital world, I don’t delete photos. Instead, I take bad photos to Photoshop, Paintshop Pro, Photo-Paint, Dynamic Auto-Painter, and many others to see what I can do with them.

Following is one that most photographers would call a throwaway. It had so many things wrong with it. Here it makes a nice sunset silhouette with those surfers in the lower right trying to get away from that nuclear explosion in the upper left. I have included the original for comparison purposes.

OriginalOriginal bad sunset picture

Altered sunset picture

At first glance, I thought I’d simply put a different sun in there because I really wanted to save the silhouette and the surfers. However, replacing parts of pictures isn’t a walk in the park, so I always try the Photoshop slider controls first.

The first thing I always do to pictures in Photoshop is take the Highlights slider all the way down to -100. That always allows for more beautiful clouds, and in this case, it took out much of the overexposed sun.

Then I took the Shadows slider all the way down to -100. That got rid of 95% of the red lens flare. That red lens flare was bouncing around the whole inside of the camera which is what gave the whole picture that reddish tint.

Next, I took the Blacks slider down to -60. That got rid of the rest of the lens flare.

Lastly, I took the Clarity slider all the way to +100. That allowed for the water directly behind the surfers, in the little cover, to come out of the shadows.

A lot easier than I thought it was going to be, and it created a nice picture.

This post approved by Zoey the Cool Cat

15 thoughts on “How I Did It—There’s no such thing as a throwaway picture

  1. mybeautfulthings

    Lovely to see an old blower friend visiting my blog again! I’m enjoying browsing around here too. I love that your Granny re-purposed everything. I once had an old bath tub full of flowers too but it proved too difficult to move when we moved house.
    Thank you for all that advice on how to improve a photo. I haven’t ever used Photoshop but think I will now give it a try. 🙂

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  2. Pit

    Well, for me some pictures can be deleted. If they’re not very good, I go by the “personal value” they have for me and decide if I want to keep them for that reason.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Back in the ’60s, my wise old grandmother would take the picture that weren’t very good and cut them up and then paste the bits and pieces together to make pictures that were good. She was the original photoshop!………..LOL

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              1. Pit

                I like the programme a lot. I started a few years ago with ACDSee Photo Editor, because I wanted something cheaper (and easier to handle) the Adobe Photoshop, and was quite happy with it. Actually, I still use it on my laptop. For the desktop, though, on which I do nearly all of my editing, I moved on to Ultimate, and am now using version 9. I have not (yet) upgraded to Ultimate 2018. I don’t know if I will or not, as I’m more than happy with what Ultimate 9 can do.

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