This Photographer Shares His Edited Photos To Show How Much Online Images Are Photoshopped (30 pics)
Taking a good picture isn't easy. Taking an awesome picture is even harder. And taking an impossible picture is, well, impossible. Unless you use Photoshop that is.
Peter Stewart is an internationally published photographer with thousands of followers and millions of views. He's also a wizard with Photoshop, and you can see from these revealing before and after pictures just what sort of difference some clever editing can make.
HDR bracketing manually blended in Photoshop. Nik color efex pro used for post-production.
“I like to approach my digital photography with a certain sense of the fantastical and the surreal,” Stewart told PetaPixel. He uses a technique called bracketed multiple exposure, which allows him to retain highlight details from different photographs before stacking them together into one picture.
“These before and after samples are simply meant to highlight what can be done with the power of Photoshop,' says Stewart. "As such, I have deliberately provided the most dramatic examples.”
Peter Stewart, a skilled photographer, mainly relies on his Nikon D810 for a bulk of his work, attributing its use to its remarkable resolution and the broad latitude it offers for editing raw files. Recently, he has also begun using the Fuji X100f as his secondary, handheld camera for capturing spontaneous scenes during his travels.
Perspective re-correction and power line removal in photoshop. Color enhancements using color efex pro.
His love for street photography is perfectly met by the compact and handy Ricoh GR, while he saves his more bulky DSLR setup for occasions when he's typically tripod based and has a pre-planned setup in mind.
Being a full-time traveller, every piece of equipment that Stewart carries has a weight implication, making minimal lens weight a top priority for him. He generally relies on the Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 & Nikon 70-200 f/4 zooms as his primary optics to cover a wide to tele focal ranges.
For ultra-wide scenes and architecture, his preferred lens is the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 prime. Stewart praises this lens for being an affordable, low-cost, and lightweight option that easily matches the optical quality of many other more expensive wide-angle primes.
Gradual orange sky gradient and color adjustments were performed in adobe camera raw. Sunrays created in photoshop, with an added glow.
Overexposed image with detail brought back using camera raw. Nik color efex pro used for post-production color.
Various sky adjustments were performed in Photoshop. Nik color efex pro was used for post-production color enhancements.
Nik color efex pro used for post-production color enhancements.
Color temperature adjustment using Adobe Camera RAW.
Tonal adjustments were made using nik color efex pro. Composite sky blended into the frame manually.
HDR bracketing composited using photoshop's 'merge to HDR'. Nik color efex pro used for post-production