if you’re a follower of scruffy dog on Facebook, you will have already seen the before-and-afters i post there … offering a glimpse into the scruffy dog digital darkroom. i do the bulk of my editing in Lightroom, and then any final touches in Photoshop. if you are a professional photographer looking for more information or for some unparalleled one-on-one mentoring, do check out the for photographers tab in the menu above!
first up we have little Giselle who came all the way from Oklahoma with her sisters for her scruffy session. shot in the last two minutes of light, with a dazzling sunset-sky behind her, it was all about exposing properly so as not to lose any of the sky. of course, the fact that this wee pup is white certainly helps when exposing for the entire scene with snow and gorgeous sky … but in order to truly make the image glow, a certain level of editing is required. you can see the finished image a little larger in the blog entry of Giselle and her sister.
in some cases, the amount of editing is more basic, as you can see from the sliders on the right of Jethro’s image. the line was removed in Photoshop but, as much as i can, i strive to keep the workflow in Lightroom … so in this case, i used the “Edit In” function, taking the file out as a tif, doing my more fine-tuned work on it, all the while keeping it in the LR workflow.
like her sister Giselle, above, Mila’s image required some extra work in order to bring out that gorgeous sky … and this gorgeous girl!
(1) basic editing in LR … and then
(2) taking it out as a tif to CS where i swapped out the sky with an image i actually shot on the way home from Woody’s session … with the finished seen below.
and with this image i am able to show you the kind of recovery that is possible with Nikon. as per the scruffy gear page, i currently shoot both Nikon (D4S and D3S) and Canon (1DX) … and i can vouch for all of the reviews that place Nikon as the leader in Dynamic Range. while the 1DX is pretty amazing, Nikon pro bodies still beat it out when it comes to recovery. in the bottom left crop you can see how much of the sky appeared burned out even after LR does its automatic and basic recovery … yet i was able to recover even more through editing.