Today I am showcasing a black cat study with dodge and burn and also trying a different ‘compliance’ plugin as this may help with reader’s commenting issues. (The compliance indicator should appear on the side of this post). This short post emphasises how a gentle touch works much better than relying on something like A.I.
Black Cat Portrait of Taz
This portrait is one I really love. You have met our neighbour Taz before and I could not resist adding this picture as it shows the magical effects of a little bit of dodging and burning.
Why use this and not the clever AI (Artificial Intelligence) in my Photoshop Camera app? In a word subtlety. Using light strokes you can highlight and darken with a delicate touch. You can adjust the effects of the tool from feather lightness to sledgehammer heaviness depending on the effect you need.
If you spend a moment or two looking at the lower photo you will see has an unfinished look. It is a bit lacking in sharpness and with overexposed fur. To top it all the background looks too light. I love this photo so I took some time to adjust it so he looks perfect.
Look in these adjusted areas:
- The background has been darkened just a bit so it compliments his eyes.
- The fur highlights have been ‘burned’ so the portrait has more depth to it. The light areas look a bit smaller.
- A touch of sharpening was added when the portrait was still in it’s RAW state. You might have a sharpener that does the job, just use a light touch.
I hope you give dodging and burning a try sometime, I know it made a difference to one black cat’s portrait.