Photography offers endless opportunities for learning. Not only do you have the photography part, which really, it’s almost endless what you can do with a camera. But after that, there’s the editing part which really is…well, endless!
Today I came across this tutorial at coffee shop blog where I love to browse around for photoshop actions. This is so basic, so fundamental, that I can’t believe I haven’t learned it already. Embarrassing, really. Here I am, fancying myself an amateur/enthusiast photographer and didn’t even know this about photoshop!!
Well, those days are over, my fiend. I know know how to whiten or blacken the background of a photo. Here are three examples of my (please keep in mind) very first attempts:
My first attempt at making the walls whiter:
This isn’t bad, it’s actually fine, but if you were to zoom in on it and look at the lines where the girls and their clothing meets the white…well, just don’t.
I couldn’t get the background whiter without blowing out the tendrils of the girls blonde hair, and I think the loose, not quite finished look of the messy curls is what makes this picture, so I got rid of the other attempts…
Ok, here’s where I started trying the drastic change in background. For the record I still like the original best.
Change the background to white:
I like this one, but could have gone even whiter. Like I said, I still like the original best, but it’s fun to play with this little trick and I know I’ll use it TONS in the future.
Thank goodness I have a blog! How would I remember all this information, otherwise!?