The Photography Series: My Go

The beauty of this world is so amazing. I want to show the reader different scenes from my go.

The “google photos” is a photo series that I created. It uses the “Google Photos” to show off my favorite food and dishes from all over the world.

Welcome to the start of a new series of blogs on my favorite hobby: photography! We’ll start with my go-to food photography photoshop procedure.

One thing I’m often asked by both bloggers and readers is, “How do you edit?” 

I’ve written a few blogs on this topic in the past, but as the questions continued to pour in, I decided I needed to write a series on it. So, every few weeks, I’ll publish a new piece, lesson, or movie about picture editing.

I feel that editing can make or break a shot, particularly in food photography, where the eye is drawn to the subject’s gastronomic appeal as much as the substance. In food photography, making ensuring your picture has properly adjusted exposure, saturation, and contrast is crucial.

For my initial article, I’d want to keep things basic. Let’s have a look at my Photoshop workflow for picture editing. Hover over each picture to view the before and after shots!

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The histogram above (that white mountain with small jaggedy spikes) indicates black-to-white values on the X axis and the quantity of each color present on the Y axis. When you alter the Levels sliders (the small fellas at the bottom of the mountain), you’re telling Photoshop what brightness is pure white and absolute black.

Confused? Consider it this way: Every shot should have a little amount of absolute white (AW) and absolute black (AB) (this was not decided by me). The Zone System is a well-known method in photography.

However, when you snap a picture (of a meal, your pet, etc. ), AW and AB aren’t always present. As a result, your initial step in editing should be to alter such that there is some AW and some AB.

In general, you should move the sliders just beyond the point on the X axis where the histogram starts and finishes. My sliders were set to 7 and 230 in this photograph.

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The next step is to brighten our photograph. Select “Lighter” from the dropdown menu after clicking on the Curves widget.

This increases the brightness of our picture while focusing on the center values for a more natural appearance.

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It’s time to get a little contrasty. Our picture appears fantastic, but we’ve lost some of the lovely blacks as a result of our lightening Curve. As a result, we’re going to carry part of it back with us.

Select “Medium Contrast” from the dropdown menu after clicking on the Curves widget.

Our picture is starting to appear a touch harsh at this stage. That has a lot to do with the fact that we’re accidentally increasing the saturation by adding all this light and contrast. Don’t worry about that; we’ll take care of it later.

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Our picture is pleasing to the eye, but it lacks depth. We’ll selectively increase contrast to our Neutrals and Blacks (adding in black), and selectively add contrast to our Whites, rather than adding more general contrast, which would affect our whole picture (adding in white). This will have no affect on our hues.

Select the Selective Color widget by clicking on it. Select “Blacks” from the dropdown menu. Adjust the black slider to a value of about +6.

Return to the dropdown menu and choose “Neutrals” from the list. Increase the value of the black slider to about +4.

To return to the dropdown menu, choose “White.” Pull the black slider all the way down to roughly -19.

The values should fluctuate based on the picture; they aren’t magic numbers. This is only an estimate.

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We’re almost there! Let’s have a look at the saturation problem now. Although I like the contrast we’ve introduced, our colors have taken a hit. The picture seems to be too saturated. The greens are vibrant, and the bread seems to be golden rather than beige. So, let’s get some of that color out.

Select the Hue/Saturation widget from the drop-down menu. Set the saturation slider to a value of around -15. That should be plenty for now.

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Let’s conduct some contrasting and comparing. The picture was decent previously in terms of content, but the lighting was nothing spectacular. When you compare it to our final picture, you’ll see a significant change. Without making things appear manipulated, we’ve really brought up the natural hues in our photograph. This picture seems to be correct.

We improved and lowered the picture rather than changing it. When editing, keep this in mind: your objective is to bring out the image’s inherent beauty, not to interfere with it.

What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear what you have to say! Thank you for following along, and do let me know if there are any particular lessons you’d want to see next!!

My “Go” is a photography series that I started in 2020. It is about my experiences and the various places that I visit. Reference: my photos 2020.

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