A black-and-white conversion

No two photos are the same, and no two monochrome conversions are the same. But I follow a similar path each time. Step 1: Like every starry-eyed Dad, I think daughter is the cutest thing in the world 🙂 This shot is nice in color, but a bit bland and flat …...

Restoring a damaged photo

To be honest, my restoration procedures are more “evolutionary” than “strategic”. I usually just pick a place to begin, then roam around the photo wherever my mouse takes me. I massage parts of the photo until, eventually, the whole thing is...

An underexposed image

Nothing beats “getting it right in the camera”. But if the exposure isn’t perfect, a lot can still be achieved. Step 1: My friend snapped this shot of yours truly at a viewing deck on the Gold Coast. Unfortunately the flash didn’t fire, but I...

A faded photograph

Historic photo restoration is such satisfying work. With a good scanner and plenty of patience, you can work wonders. In this example I’ll be working with a faded photograph. Step 1: This old photo had been sitting in an oval frame for many years. Step 2: I...

A glamour makeover

The power to create amazing beauty is the most famous – or infamous – facet of Photoshop. Step 1: This photo is a little under-exposed, but it’s a beautiful photo of a beautiful lady: Step 2: To begin with, I lighten the photo overall: Step 3: The...

My editing techniques

If I were to sum up my digital imaging workflow in one sentence, I would say: “Start big, then get smaller”. It’s very important to do all your global corrections (ie the whole image) first. If you’re processing Raw files, the global...