Jumping - Before and After

By PF Staff in Favorite Photos on Dec 26, 2012


Here is the before and after picture:


This picture to me is good, but to others it may not be. To me this picture is good because it brings back good memories. I was in Mexico visiting family, and it seemed like all my family was fighting. There were problems with all my uncles, aunts, cousins, etc. My family is usually very close. I was having a bad week that day, and that day was the best. I went with my cousins to downtown Guadalajara, Mexico, and I found out how to get there by myself on the bus. My cousins didn't know how to get there, and I felt like the local since I was telling them what buses we had to get. That day we just had fun, walked everywhere, and did crazy things such as jumping in random places. I had so much fun, which is why I chose this picture. It's very special to me.

Equipment and settings

  • Canon T2i (Hand-Held)
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s
  • Aperture: F/5.6
  • ISO: 100
  • Shooting mode: Shutter Priority
  • File format: JPG

For this picture I used the Canon T2i with the standard kit lens Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6. This shot was shot as a jpg because I went to Mexico for 7 weeks, so I didn't want to risk the card filling up with pictures. I also shot these as snapshots, so I didn't think I would care. This picture is special for me though, so I thought I would fix it up a little.

I used Photoshop CS6 to edit the picture. I'm not a professional with editing pictures yet, but I like to play around to try and get something that I want. I noticed that usually when I edit my pictures I end up getting pictures that look like something that could be taken with my Olympus E-520 camera (the camera that has impacted my photography). For the picture I highlighted both of my cousins with the quick selection tool, and increased the brightness on them with curves. I then selected the same selection, but inverted the selection to get the background. With the background selected I decreased the brightness with curves, so that my cousins would stand a little more. After that I used color range to select the red color, the pink of the streets, and the yellow of the curves, and increased the saturation of only those colors. That's how I ended up with the final result. I hope you guys like it.

PS: I feel like this picture represents most of the aspects on how the camera I chose in submission #1 has impacted my photography. Everything I played with and liked from my learning experience from the Olympus shows up in this picture. Thank you for reading, and thank you Pentax Forums for giving us this opportunity to win the K-30 camera.

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