kayaking in Switzerland (editing in PS)

Before we got in our kayaks (Hallwilersee in Switzerland), we had a quick photo session. Photoshop file made up of 15+ layers to create this high contrast, illustrative look. 100% non-destructive method.


Strobist info:

Morning, storm clouds and overcast. Flat light.

Underexposed BG.

2 bare flashes (1/16th?) on either side of subject slightly behind (on light stands).

1 flash behind/right of camera for slight fill on subject. I would have preferred a shoot-through umbrella on this flash but high storm winds prevented this.


  • Kirill Bashkirov 7y

    really nice PS! maybe you could share some basics of what you did!
  • Tim Shirey 7y

    Still "refining" the process along the way to speed up the process. There are a few layers you may not need such as the "tint". As mentioned elsewhere on the Strobist site, the initial lighting of the photo is most important. I could have improved on this lighting but we were really anxious to get in our kayaks! :-)

    What I mean by non-destructive method:
    I use smart filters and smart objects. Also, I never use the actual dodge/burn tool in PS to dodge/burn because it is destructive (can't be undone later). Non-destructive Dodge/Burns can be done by creating a 50% gray layer above the image, setting the layer blending mode to OVERLAY, and simply paint white to dodge or black to burn. Painting 50% gray will "erase" the dodge/burn effect -- tweak, undo and play with it to your heart's desire! In the process I use, ALL painting is done using black or white on masks and no editing of the actual image pixels. (I keep one finger on the "x" short cut key to jump between B&W). Masks also replace the need for the eraser tool.
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