Today my portfolio image was much quicker to edit. A picture of a wine rack in a restaurant in Italy.
The feedback from my portfolio review was, great image, just make it a bit darker. So that is what I have done. The original edit was quite extensive, probably because I made quite a poor image capture (some time ago in my defense). This picture was taken in Lucca in Italy. I noticed the wine rack on the wall, well all of the wall, as I was walking past this lovely Italian restaurant, so I cheekily popped in and took a quick picture on my Canon 5D with Canon 17-40mm lens.
When I got home I loved the image, but had to work to get it straight and vertical. I had to remove some distractions in Photoshop. This image was actually one of early edits using Photoshop to remove bits here and there. The base editing was in Lightroom, but this was major work for me.
I have not completely re-edited this image for my portfolio as I do not need to, so I might get another portfolio image produced today which will be good, as I was always hoping to produce more than one image a day.
The darkening I have done to this image was to reduce the exposure by .6 of a stop, and I also added a vignette to darken the edges and bring your eye into the image.
Applying a vignette is a very powerful tool that I find myself using more and more. The key is to make it so subtle you barely see it, or make it so bold you can't miss it and it becomes a part of the picture. At the end of the day all that matters is the appearance of the final image.
This has been one of my favourite images for some time, and I am pleased that it stays in my portfolio. I am looking forward to seeing if my processing work with the other interior photography images in my portfolio.
Tomorrow I am going for another interior image, but this one will be completely different and bright and bold and vibrant.
I have a page dedicated to my interior photography work, which you can get to here http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/interior-photographer/
Rick McEvoy Photography
2nd August 2016