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neighborhood cat

By kibp
Any advice welcome, thankyou.

Tags: General Pets and captive animals


Jestertheclown 11 8.1k 252 England
27 Jul 2010 11:57PM
I opened this in Lightroom 3 and adjusted the white balance simply by clicking on "auto" and reduced the exposure one click.
I then moved it into CS5 where I tweaked it using the shadows/highlights tool until it looked right to me. (The variations you can achieve are practically infinite so I don't pay much attention to the actual positions of the sliders.)
Sharpened using the unsharp mask, amount 50%, radius 0.5, theshold 5px. and de-noised using "Noiseware", the free version.

Your crop's a bit tight. I'd like to have seen some space on the left for him to "look into" and you've taken the top of his ear off!

Hope this helps.



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User_Removed 11 26 2 United States
28 Jul 2010 2:31AM
Great detail! Cats make such perfect subjects - if they stay still!
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2010 8:08AM
Cats face rather too near the left, and other comments made by jesterclown also very valid. I usually prefer eye contact in such circumstances, but profiles can be very good - in this case, would be better to come in rather tighter on the profile with the face on the right.

kibp 10 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2010 8:31AM
Thankyou all for the tips and advice it is very helpful to me.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4083 Canada
28 Jul 2010 2:48PM
Hi Katrina,

This is basically a good shot, with good detail and reasonable exposure.

When taking another shot of this cat, remember to look critically at your screen and make sure that youve included all of the important element for this type of shot. One of the key elements is to include all of the cats whiskers which are cropped off in this shot. This might mean you need to change the format to landscape for example.

You have good advice above. Seeing how this looks when you compose your shot to place the cat off centre makes a difference, and Ive done this in my mod by cropping off the right, and adding space to the left. Ive also sharpened a little, and toned down the bright whites. I used CS4, the highlight tool for this.

The colour looks good to me, dont see a lot wrong with white balance, - the white is white and the black is black.

Hope the mod gives you some ideas for the next time, and you find it helpful.


30 Jul 2010 12:30PM
As I'm still very much learning photo manipulation I couldn't resist a play with this kitty! I converted to B&W, lightened up some areas where I'd lost detail (ears and back of head), toned down the highlights and, having read the critique posted here, cropped and added space to the left before sharpening up the image.
Jestertheclown 11 8.1k 252 England
30 Jul 2010 12:44PM
Nicely done Martin and good to see you having a go.

Learning all this stuff takes time so please persevere.
As my old boss once said to me "there's no substitute for experience".
He was right.


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