Sharing some before and after photos seem to be very popular and I am happy to give an insight into how I transform a SOOC (straight off of camera) image into a timeless treasure.
Phoenix and Izzy came to the studio for a session. Their mom wanted a photo of them together, and as we all know, it is often tough to get multiple animals to look at the camera at the exact same time or to have them sitting close and cozy together. That's why God invented composites. Ok so maybe God didn't event them, but the person who did is brilliant.
Anyway, we got lucky with Phoenix and Izzy both looking at the camera at the same time. However, they weren't as close together as I would have liked. No problem though, we fixed that in post production.
All editing/compositing occurs in Photoshop.
The process involves adding a new background layer, cutting each dog out of the original photo, adjusting the lighting, blending, shading, and sizing of each dog to match the background.
Another example may be seen below of a dog named Rufus (who is up for adoption at the Walden Human Society). The kennel, dog house, and other distractions were removed and the dog was placed in a virtual backdrop. Adjustments were made to the details and sharpness of the dog's coat. Tears were removed. Eyes brightened. And lighting adjusted.
Depending on the amount of work that needs to be done, I tend to spend no more than an hour on an edit. If it takes longer than that, I did something wrong during the session that could have prevented the longer editing time.