Written by Marjorie Dawson

A Silver Tabby Portrait Digital Transformation

A Silver Tabby Portrait Digital Transformation

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Meet Silver. This week’s selfie is a silver tabby portrait of our Silver Kitten. He is a serious cat who spends a lot of time staying with his late friend Riley’s family but he comes home when it’s windy and icy or he needs supper.

Today’s selfie is another before and after, like Thursday’s photograph of Jack our ginger ninja, that shows how small adjustments can make a photograph look so much better.

silver tabby portrait
Silver, A Portrait – ISO 200 149 mm f/6.3 1/3200

As you can see, the thoughtful looking Silver is nicely composed within the frame but I didn’t get the settings quite right so it looks darker than it should.

I knew that I could enhance the photograph a little and transform it into a more effective portrait. Let me tell you what I did.

Silver Looking carefully
Silver, A Portrait – ISO 200 149 mm f/6.3 1/3200 Enhanced

Improving My Silver Tabby Portrait

I have not needed to crop the photo this time, because I framed it using the Rule of Thirds with Silver’s face a strong vertical on the left side of the picture. If you aim for, but don’t get the perfect composition, crop your photo before you start adjusting in your photo editor.

  1. Silver’s outdoor portrait has plenty of natural light but I had to deal with the dark cast of the image so I lightened the exposure a little bit taking care not to ‘clip’ (overexpose) any of his white fur.
  2. Lightening Silver’s face with the Dodge tool in Affinity Photo allowed me to focus attention to his face and, in particular, on his golden eyes. Using the Dodging Tool with small careful movements allowed me to add light exactly where I needed it.
  3. I added some gentle shade to the right side of the portrait to make sure attention remains focused on Silver and his portrait was finished.

If you have a portrait you really like but that you might be disappointed with always remember you can sharpen, lighten and boost the colour and transform your photo into something you love.


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Marjorie Dawson

Marjorie is a motorbike riding blogger and award winning cat photographer who believes that everyone can shoot and edit wonderful pictures they love regardless of the camera they use.

She is a Professional member of the Cat Writers Association, Kuykendall Image Award winner and published photographer at the Guardian newspaper.

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25 thoughts on “A Silver Tabby Portrait Digital Transformation”

  1. guyz….pleez ta tell mum we said congra ratz on her CWA awardz; we iz knot sure we iz on de rite page for doin sew, but conga ratz all de same…how total lee kewl iz THIZ !!!!! 🙂 YAY AND HOORAY ♥♥

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  2. I’m not sure if I found the most recent post! Thanks so very much for coming to Marv’s Birthday Pawty at Ann and June’s blog! We finally got our internet back, though the cable company tells us it could go out at any time. We are so very happy to have such wonderful blogging friends! We are blessed.

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    • It’s good to know you are OK. Everyone worries about our online blogosphere friends so it is good to know you are OK.

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  3. What an improvement! It’s amazing what can be done to photos these days. I don’t leave any of photos of my dogs alone any more–always enhance them.

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  4. This is a great example of how slight changes and updates can really have an incredible impact on the overall appearance of a photo! You would never know looking at your after photo that it originally was a little too dark. I have been playing around with a couple of different apps on my phone lately as a way to do quick edits on my pictures and I’m always blown away by how the smallest tweaks can really make a big difference.

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    • Yes, small tweaks can make a huge difference and apps are developing at an amazing rate. Unless you are going for a dramatic change or statement then a light touch is the best way to enhance an image.

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  5. Silver is such a handsome boy. You did a great job with the adjustments. I can really tell the enhanced lighting and removing of shadows make a big difference. The personality really shines through.

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  6. Silver’s portrait is just stunning! The adjustments you made really transformed it. How could you go wrong with such a beautiful cat? MOL

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  7. dood….ya look grate in both fotoz….now we gotta ask…what waz ya focused on…..!! 🙂 ♥♥

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  8. Silver is such a handsome kitty. We loved how you explained the step-by-step process of enhancing the photo. Such a beautiful job. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful rest of your day.

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  9. Your fixes sure made Silver’s picture become amazing!
    I have dodge/burn on my Gimp…but I really do not know how to use that tool…when I ever get time to play with a picture I should start learning about it…

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  10. That is a great photo and really nice the way you adjusted it. We found the Dodge and Burn tools but did not have time to play with them yet. When we get it down maybe we will be a silly millimeter closer to your skill level. Thanks so much!

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  11. Love your adjustments. It is rare that I capture a photo without needing to edit it a little.

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