Update: March 2016. This was posted when I was still dating the individual pictured here. I normally schedule blog posts in advance and this was one such post.
Today’s Throwback Thursday photo is from 2013.
The Importance of Editing Your Photos
Showing you a side by side comparison of the original (unretouched) pic on the left and the retouched pic on the right illustrates the major difference in mood. Mood sets the tone of the image and also highlights the focal point. In this case, I wanted to portray the excitement of digging into a great pizza. Alas, glaring yellow lamps in the restaurant distract you and just makes the photo look like it was taken in the 80s.
To do justice to the image, I used Adobe Photoshop and cropped the photo. As you can see, a tighter shot makes Eric look taller. By positioning his face a bit more to the right (instead of dead centre), you get a sense that he’s excited to dig into that pizza!
The most noticeable difference is the conversion to grayscale (or black and white, as most people know). I decreased the brightness in the image which led to enhancing the contrast between black, white and various shades of grey. I also decreased the photo temperature (making it cooler) which balanced out the oversaturation in the original photo.
The edited photo is cleaner, clearer and more vibrant despite having no colour whatsoever! I hope this post convinces you to take the time to salvage your old vacation pix . By editing them, you can breathe new life (and joy) into your existing photo. Thanks!