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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.