Help! Improve this photo!

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  1. Royal Photos

    Royal Photos TPF Noob!

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    Hey, what can I do to improve this photo? The dog looks awful!

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    Curves layer to bring back detail in the dog, but I'm afraid it might be too dark for the software - you can't even see the dog's eyes very well.

    If you have the original raw file, you could possibly bring back shadows in lightroom or use "fill" (not too much though) to help bring the dog back, but honestly, I think it might be too hard to bring back.

    My last suggestion would be to try a dodge/burn layer in soft light blend mode with a brush on white at 15% opacity to lighten the dog.. but I'm not sure how well that would work.
     
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    Royal Photos TPF Noob!

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    hmmm, I have the original but no idea how to do any of that in PS. I really like the contrast level and hope I can keep that...I'd actually like more contrast.
     
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    Buy a new dog, LoL. Sorry, just had to do it. Anyways...


    Add a new layer, brighted up the dog through curves or levels, then mask in the layer onto your original photo.

    The yellow cast really saturates the picture. Adjust the photos tempurature and tint.

    For me, I would also clone out the "Your #&$^ed" graffiti

    Just my 2 Lincolns.
     
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    I would crop everything to right of the girl....
     
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    I would crop as suggested, and lighten the dog in a layer. The dog seems to be well behaved sitting for the picture so the prong collar doesn't make sense especially for a dog with thin hair. Nice shot though.
     
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    maybe the prong collar was the reason for the dogs behavior.

    just a thought..:wink:
     
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    I, personally, would correct the spelling on the graffiti. :)
     
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    Royal Photos TPF Noob!

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    aha the grammar made me giggle and the fact that my model didn't know the difference between the "horns" hand symbol and the "I love you" one.

    Here's another one....I did make the hue a lottle cooler than it acutally was...

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    Well, I for one, don't like the color cast you have in these photos. I don't think it does your model any justice, nor the photo.

    Secondly, I echo what someone said above me - use a mask and then paint in where you want the effect to take place - the dog.

    Lastly, the graffiti is kind of detracting from the whole image itself - it's not what I would consider "good background distraction" if you know what I mean.
     
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    Hawaii Five-O My alter-egos have been banned. :( Now I must be

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    Yeah, I probably would edit the spelling too on the graffiti;), I like your contrast too. the dogs eye are kind of funny in the first pic:).
     
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    You made it cooler? It stilllooks kinda warm to the point of being out of whack, colorwise.

    I don't suppose you have the raw capture of this?

    I wonder, too... is the washout of the wall and her pants just unavoidable? Just seems odd to me that it would be THAT washed out.
     

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