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tiger 2

another go at Photoshop,
my objective was to remove the background and isolate the subject with a black background, i used quick layer mask and traced around the subject ie tiger and painted in the back ground which was fine, then i made new layer and messed around with opacity and blend modes, in this case i chose multiply which i thought bought the image colours to life ,but i had lost all the detail in the whiskers on the left hand side of the tigers face messed around a bit more but just could not get there, also as it was pointed out in my last tiger upload it sill looked a bit on the dark side.

iv uploaded the original shot v2 so any mods, help or advice much appreciated

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SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2012 7:54PM
He's a gorgeous hunk.

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3878 Canada
25 Feb 2012 8:09PM
Did you get the mod I sent you Steve?

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3878 Canada
25 Feb 2012 8:58PM
V1 is too dark, similar to the last upload, - which is in fact a better pose for the Tiger.

Looking at the original, you are trying to darken the background, and perhaps (a guess) this is also causing the darkening of the Tiger itself. The crop is good, - however, if you have another opportunity, use portrait move for best results.

The original is not completely sharp; its underexposed, and it had a greenish colour cast (wire fence perhaps).

So start with the original, and address the issues above, and then tackle the background.

I have some techniques that can work to minimize them. Its not actually too bad as it is. I usually, desaturate, and blur, before I try darkening; I would remove the part if the metal support above the head and the verticals joins in the fence, - anything that draws the eye.

At 200mm and with IS, - unless you are using a solid support, the speed might be just a little too slow for a good sharp shot, you need to take into account that there may ne tiny movement in the whiskers due to either a breeze, or slight movements by the animal itself.

Ive loaded a mod as an example, and I will send you some other information separately. It will help to know what image editor you have, - if its Photoshop, which version?


thatmanbrian 6 342 3 Spain
25 Feb 2012 9:08PM
I actually rather like the darker image. It gives the fur a luxurious, plush look. (Which might also be down to a little unsharpness?) But if you keep it dark, bring out the eyes a little (dodge). Willie's mod is technically correct but now the lion looks like any zoo photo!
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3878 Canada
25 Feb 2012 10:12PM
thatmanbrian 6 342 3 Spain
25 Feb 2012 10:43PM
Ooops, my brain photoshopped it!!Tongue
f8 14 9.2k 22 England
26 Feb 2012 1:18AM
Made a mod Steve, needed a little brightening and contrast, also it was a little unsharp, 100th sec is not fast enough for that focal length lens, otherwise its a good pic and reminder of your visit.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
26 Feb 2012 6:24AM
I love the softness of V.1, Steve. Carol
CathR 11 151 564 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2012 5:21PM
You have to have endless patience Steve to do the blending really well especially where you are using a black background and a much lighter subject Wink you have done a reasonable job here but the hard bits are the whiskers and the hair coming out of the tiger's ears. Zoom in so you are working with a very small brush, maybe even just one pixel and keep on going back and forwards with painting on the layer mask until you are satisfied. You can always get creative which means that you black out the area and then paint your own whiskers. I would use a graphics tablet rather than a mouse but I know lots of people can't get on with them.

Good luck

STEVELIN 10 161 3 Ireland
26 Feb 2012 7:38PM
thanks everyone for taking time to comment much appreciated .
paulbroad 10 123 1241 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2012 7:47PM
Willie covers it. V1 is an excellent effort, but you have darkened the Tiger too - it is far brighter in V2. Your intention is well conceived and achieved otherwise. I would crop the top and right a bit more still, but these shots always have that added zing with eye contact.

Lamby2 6 Australia
28 Feb 2012 2:15AM
Tried to add a little more life and detail but couldn't seem to up load your picture and get it large enough to work on. Can someone tell me what I did wrong or what I should have done. David Lamb. Australia.

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