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04-30-2013, 07:33 AM
Following on from the popularity of the photography challenge in the just concluded, Layout Artist contest, I'll be hosting a photography challenge each month.

The aim of this challenge is to focus on the photo or photos in your page. Far too often a beautiful page is let down by a poor photo or photos.

Toiny kindly made a list of tutorials for the LOA contest and I've copied them below. They should be valuable tools for you on your journey towards better photos that will make your page shine!

Please upload your pages to the Photography Gallery HERE (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/g1215-photography-challenge.html) and then post your image and/or a link in this thread so we can all admire your work and leave lots of love and encouragement. It would be helpful and interesting too if you would like to show us how the photo/s looked before you worked your 'magic'!

Please include in your layout some products from our Studio store.

Post your pages by May 31st. All participants receive an extra 10% discount on ALL of your purchases (from the PU store only) for the following month. So, if you participate this month and get a layout posted (AND post a link here in this forum), you will receive 10% off every purchase made next month! No coupons are required. The discount will automatically be applied to your purchase. For this to work make sure that the email address you used to sign-up in the forum is the same as the email you use in the store.

Thank you in advance for participating and I look forward to seeing many great pages.

Brighten & Pop by Kim (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/forum/showthread.php?t=13650)
Journey of a Photo Edit (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/2013/03/journey-of-a-photo-edit/)
How To: Lighten A Photo (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/2012/09/how-to-lighten-a-photo/)
Cloning: Not Just For Scientists (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/2012/04/cloning-not-just-for-scientists/)
Before & After (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/2012/03/before-and-after/)
Quick Photo Fix in PSE (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/2012/03/quick-photo-fix-in-pse/)
Easy Photo Edit in PS (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/2012/03/easy-photo-edit-in-ps/)
Free Photo Actions (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/2010/12/free-photo-fixers/)
Leverage your options with Levels Adjustment Layer (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/2013/03/wmw-leverage-your-options-with-a-levels-adjustment-layer/)
Adjustment Panel: Brightness & Contrast (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/2013/03/adjustment-panel-brightness-and-contrast/)
Using Overlays & Textures to fix a photo (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/2013/03/wmw-using-overlays-and-textures-to-fix-a-photo/)
Editing Photos With The Adjustment Panel: An Intro (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/2013/02/editing-photos-with-the-adjustment-panel-an-intro/)
Straighten your Photo using the Ruler Tool (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/2013/02/straighten-your-photo-using-the-ruler-tool/)
Red Eye Quick Fix (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/2013/01/wmw-red-eye-quick-fix/)
How to add a Sepia Effect in Photoshop (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/2013/01/how-to-add-a-sepia-effect-in-photoshop/)
Use Blending Modes to edit your Photos (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/2012/11/use-blending-modes-to-edit-your-photos/)
How To: Lighten a Photo (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/2012/09/how-to-lighten-a-photo/)
Working with a less-than-perfect Photo (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/2012/08/quick-tip-11-working-with-a-less-than-perfect-photo/)
How To: The Color Replacement Tool. Part 1 (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/2012/06/how-to-the-color-replacement-tool-part-1/)
How To: The Color Replacement Tool- Part2 (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/2012/06/how-to-the-color-replacement-tool-part2/)
How To: Selective Coloring (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/2012/05/how-to-selective-coloring/)
Fake A Vintage Photo (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/2012/04/fake-a-vintage-photo/)
Snap, Crackle, POP! (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/2012/04/snap-crackle-pop/)
Beyond Black and White (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/2012/04/beyond-black-and-white/)
How To Whiten Teeth in PS and PSE (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/2012/03/how-to-whiten-teeth-in-ps-and-pse/)

I've just posted another challenge that I'm hosting. If you go to my Variety Challenge page HERE (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/forum/showthread.php?t=13748) and look at the difference between the two photos on the old layout and the new layout I think you will agree that the difference is quite apparent. On the new layout I've added a curves layer and also sharpened the photo slightly.

04-30-2013, 09:02 PM
Here's a before and after (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/photography-challenge/p126074-before-and-after.html) of a full-length portrait type image in shadow. I always run my photos through Adobe's MAJOR TIMESAVER Adobe Camera Raw, AND sometimes through Perfect Photo Suite 7 (On One Software) before I put them onto a layout. I love Perfect Photo Suite presets especially for portraits and faces and other tweaks in the post-processing workflow. I almost always add a light-focusing soft vignette, and did in this image.

04-30-2013, 09:13 PM
Thanks Priss. It's interesting to see what software you use.

05-02-2013, 11:14 PM
I'm definitely going to try this out ... I'm already "fixing" my photos but rarely try to do any extras.

05-02-2013, 11:18 PM
I shall look forward to seeing what you come up with Jill.

05-03-2013, 04:34 PM
I love this challenge. It forces me to look at my photos in a new way.

05-03-2013, 06:02 PM
I love this challenge. It forces me to look at my photos in a new way.

I'm shall look forward to seeing what you come up with.

05-05-2013, 08:33 PM
Here's my LO:
and here are the before photos. I corrected the red eye.

05-05-2013, 08:42 PM
Great work on this page! Do you care to share how you corrected the red eye?

05-06-2013, 12:53 AM
Great work on this page! Do you care to share how you corrected the red eye?
Sure, I used the Red Eye Quick Fix tutorial listed above. I made a few changes because I am using PSE and the tutorial used a different program, and I also didn't understand the part about using the mask, so I just did it directly on the photo, basically you paint the eye with a round brush to match the color and then make sure you add the white reflection dot. At least that is what I got out of it. I was a little confused by parts of it, but it worked for what I wanted done. ;)


05-06-2013, 01:00 AM
Thanks Rhonda, it certainly did work for you!

05-08-2013, 12:13 PM
Here is my submission. What I tried to do is on the variety challenge page.

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1215/medium/Photography-001.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/photography-challenge/p126521-photography-001.html)

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1215/medium/0-1941.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/photography-challenge/p126520-0-1941.html)

Bright Eyes
05-11-2013, 05:34 PM
Here is a layout that I made for Mother's Day last year. Since this is Mother's Day weekend, I thought it was an appropriated page to post. The photo of my Mom taken when she was 18 was tattered and torn with creases. The color was also faded. I used PSE11 built-in programs to restore it. I used the 'spot-healing brush' to repair the damage and help smooth out the creases. I also used the Saturated Slide Film to enhance the colors. I was very pleased how well this one turned out.

BTW, my mom will be 94 next month and is still living.

I would show the original photo that I scanned in, but it was lost when I had a computer crash last fall. Thank goodness I had the repaired photo saved in a back-up file.

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1215/bld_mammadear_brighteyes11.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/photography-challenge/p126725-mother.html)

I used Mamma Dear Pink by Booland Designs.

05-12-2013, 02:00 AM
What a BEAUTIFUL page and perfect timing for Mother's Day of course. Thank you for explaining your process of restoring the photo. You are so lucky to still have your mother. My mum died just a little before her 94th birthday.

05-12-2013, 11:20 AM


05-22-2013, 06:32 PM
Oh what a challenge this is!! I rarely correct my photos and when I do I use Levels, just haven't gotten to that level yet. I used the first tutorial on the list, I duplicated the photo then added a screen. Then I used the Marquee tool selected the image and feathered it 150 pixels to blend and soften the edges so I didn't need a frame. It lightened it a little to much so I changed the opacity of that layer to 72 %. I use PSE 10. I can't wait to look at the other tutorials, thanks for the motivation. Any constructive criticism is welcome. Thank you for hosting!!


05-22-2013, 09:32 PM
I used a variety of things on this photo. Sharpen, clone stamp, vibrancy, levels that I can think of.

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1215/St-Mary-Church-Beddgelert-Walds.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/photography-challenge/p127739-parish-church-of-st-marybeddgelert-wales-uk.html)

Here is the picture pre my fiddling with it.


05-22-2013, 09:44 PM
WOW! Jody and Nandy - the difference in your before and after shots is quite a lot. The photos look SO much better. Thanks for including your before photos and with details of what you did.

05-23-2013, 04:55 AM
I love the before & afters, and what you did with your final results. This is one of my favorite challenges to read & follow. Good job guys!

05-23-2013, 06:54 AM
OK, FINALLY getting to this great challenge!! Here is my layout of my beautiful cat, Dora. I used quite a few methods, making sure I duplicated and then merged layers after each method. I used the Sharpen Tool, and the blending tools, both the Screen and the Soft Light at different stages of my photo correcting. I used the Filter Noise to clean up the photo. I used Burn and Dodge on different areas of Dora. I used a Layer Mask to put more green into her eyes. And then----I wanted to use the Filter High Pass, and couldn't remember how to do it and after I was all done and saved my layout---THEN--I found the tutorial in the list!! AARGGHHHH!!!!! But I'm still happy with the rusults.

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1215/DORA--Cheese-the-One-Kitty-.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1215/DORA--Cheese-the-One-Kitty-.jpg)

And here is the before photo:

05-25-2013, 11:27 PM
Here's my entry for the photography challenge, Jumping at Cow Patty (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/photography-challenge/p127919-jumping-at-cow-patty.html).

And here's the layout:


The original photo (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/photography-challenge/p127921-jumping-at-cow-patty.html) here

and here:

05-26-2013, 12:52 AM
Thank you ladies for joining in the challenge.

If you have left tips about how you have improved your photos.........thank you! It's great to see the before and after shots.