Q&A: It’s All About the Eyes

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Question

“I’d like to enhance eyes, mainly on the big cats but also on other close ups where I have good detail on the eye, how do I’d do this without enhancing the whole image? I know I need to mask etc but I have no idea how that is done or how to change colors when masking.”

~ Lee

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Answer

In this video I answer Lee’s question.

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The important thing to remember is that your wildlife images should look natural.

They should not look like this.

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It goes without saying that it is quite obvious where I used the special adjustment brush in this image which, in my mind, is one of the greatest failures when it comes to processing.  Once you are done with your image people should not look at it and be able to pick out where you made selective adjustments.  All the elements in the frame should work together to tell the story and not pull the viewer’s attention all over the place without bringing it all back together at the end.

There is definitely a time and place to pop a subject’s eyes a little bit but I would suggest that you alway err on the side of caution.

If you are not sure whether the adjustment you have made is too much it probably is!

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt 

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