Hi, I’m Kira DeDecker (“key-ra dee-decker”) and I’m a pet photographer serving Arizona’s greater Phoenix Metro area. Welcome to my blog! This is where I share not only my most recent work but also my life with you. Client sneak peeks, Facebook recaps, announcements, updates, awesome new offerings and the occasional (okay, frequent) story about my crazy but amazing life with my three dogs – Sox, Bixby and Waffles.
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Here in the Metro-Phoenix area of Arizona, grass is not a natural occurrence. If you’ve never had to the pleasure of visiting Arizona, it could best be described as flat sand covered in concrete. Desert living, eh?! Like I was saying, to grow grass, you need to seed and plant it for the season which means during the spring or fall season, you might run the chance of coming across yards in transition. This is why I love this Photoshop trick. Not only is it easy and practical, it also puts the greenery back in the grass without look artificial or overdone. Plus, it uses one of my favorite “fixers”, a little underused (IMO) blending mode that really deserves more love.
I’m going to be using a photo from Winston, the lovable puppy, who I might add lives in the most amazing houses and yards I have ever seen. I can honestly say that besides this one photo, I didn’t have to touch up the yard one bit (I’ve had sessions where the yard has just been scalped – ek) except for this one photo where is plopped down in some sunbeaten grass.
So, I’ve imported the RAW file into Photoshop. (The only things I did in Lightroom before the import was adjust the color temperature and then added +61 exposure). Since I skipped the usual Lightroom/Raw edit step, here are the technical deets: 1/2000 sec at f/2.8, ISO 500 taken with a 50mm 1.4 lens.
I went ahead and I cloned out the leaf – it was distracting – and did my usual workflow. The image is done and ready to go except I don’t love the dead grass. I want lush greenery! This a puppy shoot after all so I want things fresh.
I zoom into the photo a bit (shortcut: ALT+mouse scroll wheel) and then click Select -> Color Range. With the eye dropper, I select some of the yellow grass, now this isn’t going to grab all the dead stuff since it ranges in color and tone so I select the Add to Dropper and select the rest of the dead yellow grass. And yes, it started selecting Winston, but chill, I deal with that later.
When all the yellow grass is selected, I click OKAY, now the Color Range of the dead grass is selected.
Voila. But in the process on selecting and coloring the brown and yellows, part of my main subject was painted green so I select the Eraser and erase anything I don’t want green. Easy to do since I did all this on a new separate layer!
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