- Use the radial filter
- Use the crop tool
- Use the adjustment brush
- Use the spot removal tool
- Make selective adjustments in a photograph
As you can see, the composition of the image is not good. There is some negative space which distracts the viewer’s attention from the subject. So I used the crop tool to remove some negative space (using rule of thirds) and to increase the magnification.
Note: Cropping is not a good idea if your image resolution is low. If you are cropping a low resolution image, the quality will be reduced by accentuating the noise. The photograph I am using here is taken from a 18MP camera (canon 60D) so there will be a minimal reduction in quality after cropping.
Now the photograph looks better with regard to the composition. In the next step, I made some adjustments in the basic panel.
Step 2: Global adjustments in basic panel
I slightly reduced the exposure since there were some over exposed regions on the insect’s face and on the areas where it was sitting. So I could recover some details by reducing the exposure a bit. I made the image ‘cooler’ by adjusting the white balance slider to left. This slightly removes the yellow cast on the image.
Step 3: Increased luminance and adjusted hue
In the next step, I increased the luminance of the green. This will increase the brightness of the green making it less dull. Also, since there is a yellow cast on the green background (or, in other words, the green is not exactly green), I changed the hue of the green in the hue panel.
- Exposure: I increased it to increase exposure on the background
- Contrast: When you increase just the exposure, it makes the image looks flat. So I increased contrast.
- Highlights: I decreased the highlights to preserve the colors, and to avoid blowing out the highlights on the wood.
- Shadows: As I mentioned before, the background was in shadow regions. So I opened up the shadows and mapped it to a higher level.
- Saturation: I slightly increased it since the green was washed out after I made the exposure adjustment.
- Noise: Since I opened up the shadows, the noise was increased in the background. So I removed the noise by moving the noise slider to the right.
Step 6: Used adjustment brush to fix over exposed regions