There is a magic to your pets, even when the photos don’t work out as you expect. That photo you really hoped would be amazing and isn’t, what do you do?
- The first thing you do is stop being disappointed and take a breath.
There is often something you can do with your photo. Even a simple crop can rescue a photo. Turning it from a disaster to something you can share on your social media account or post on a blog.
An example of a photo rescue
As it is winter here in New Zealand, the light is not as strong as it is during the summer months. The photographs I took of the black kittens did not come out very well and, as you can see here, the only thing you can see on the fur is a cat collar.
- I could have increased the ISO, and tinkered with shutter speeds but my aim was to try photos without a lot of ‘settings adjustments’. The trip was meant to be a relaxing break, this time!
Lots of overexposed background, a bit of customer’s elbow and an alert looking black kitten. At first, I was disappointed but I left the photo for a while and thought about what I could do.
If you are in the same position, I suggest you do the same. Walk away for a while, make a cup of tea or coffee and leave your photo alone.
I returned to the photo a couple of days later to look at it with fresh eyes.
The Silhouette Suprise
I experimented with cropping and removed the mystery customer’s elbow and some of the white space off the top. Then I opened the Affinity Photo program and adjusted several of the sliders in the Black and White filter.
Without spending too much time fussing, I was able to soften the extreme background a bit and transform the black cat almost into a papercut picture or a silhouette surprise.