In this post I will go through some of the steps I took to create a final image.
I used Capture One Pro 12 for this edit.
The original image was shot in RAW with the Fujifilm X-Pro2.
It started with an uninspiring shot with few redeeming qualities.
I did notice this one deer staring into the light coming through the trees and decided to try some heavy editing to create something with an atmosphere.
Step 1 – Crop
First we need to crop the image to remove the road and the unwanted deer.
Step 2 – Warmth
I created a Luminosity Mask of the mid tones and highligths.
White balance was increased to 6469K and saturation set to +5
This created an impression of the sun glowing and warming up the scene.
Step 3 – Colour
I sampled a warm yellow tone from the image and expanded the selection to include greens.
Saturation boosted to 17
Lightness reduced to -6.9
This was added to the whole image.
Step 4 – Contrast
In this step we will add contrast.
Using the Level tool I have moved the black and white point to create a strong contrast setting.
This was painted in to selected parts of the image.
This brings out a richness to parts of the image.
Step 5 – Colour
In this step I have selected an orange tone with the Color Editor and painted in to selected parts of the image.
Step 6 – Burn (darken)
In this step we are darkening parts of the image.
I reduced the exposure to -0.53 in the Exposure tool.
This was painted in.
It helps to keep the attention on the subject.
Step 7 – Dodge (lighten)
In this step we are lightening parts of the image.
I increased the exposure to -+0.97 in the Exposure tool.
This was painted in on parts of the deer to create a few highlights.
Step 8 – Gradient
Here I added a gradient mask to the right side of the image to darken it further.
Again this helps to focus the attention on the subject.
Step 9 – Light Shaft
Here we will add the illussion of a shaft of light coming through the trees and illuminating the subject.
I added some exposure and set a warm white balance.
This was painted in.
Step 10 – Sharpening
Final step is to sharpen the image.
As there is an out-of-focus foreground and background I choose to paint in the sharpening with a mask.
Sharpening tool settings:
Halo Supresion: 0
Final result – before and after:
Hopefully some will find this useful on some level.