{‘Shop Talk’ – Shadows with Hats}

Yes!  It’s ‘Shop Talk’ Friday! I love these days when I can post anything photography related!  Today…it’s hats and the shadows they create.   I love using hats to accessories my clients, unfortunately sometimes those cute hats can create flat eyes and loss detail.  But there’s an easy fix to brighten things up that brings life to the eyes in the process.  This is before any edits are made.  I like the image but the visor makes her eyes darker than they are and there’s loss of detail as well.

To isolate the area under the visor, I used the lasso tool (feathered at 30-40%) and selected the areas under the visor.  I then selected the ‘Curves tool’ and only adjusted the shadows and mid-tones up a small amount.  Depending on the image you may need to adjust the highlights as well.  A little goes a long way with this tool.

Once the curves adjustment has been made you’ll see that the eyes have popped and her skin from chin to forehead is pretty even with the shadows.  I didn’t want to eliminate ALL the shadowing under her visor since I wanted it to look natural and their naturally will be a small amount of shadowing when your subject wears a hat.

After some  saturation and contrast – here’s the final image.  :)  Easy peazy!  Let me know if you have any questions.   I love getting your e-mails with comments and requests.  :) Keep’em coming!  kara@karamayphotography.com

by Kara

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mugsie5April 27, 2012 - 10:11 am

this is so touching plus the note for Brielle is so real. You can feel the little boy and his pain

NicholeApril 21, 2012 - 12:57 am

Brilliant! You and your details are amazing. Thanks for sharing!!

Payton NApril 20, 2012 - 12:54 pm

You make me a better photographer. Your attention to detail is admirable.

Ashley AnneApril 20, 2012 - 11:20 am

So so smart. I’ve never thought to do that. Awesome tut!!

JessicaApril 20, 2012 - 10:27 am

You are awesome! Thanks for sharing your gift!!

Sabrina LizzariApril 20, 2012 - 10:18 am

What a great tutorial! I never thought to try to fix the shadows. I just thought I’d have to use different photos that didn’t involve a hat since the shading was so harsh. Thanks for sharing!!

mugsie5April 20, 2012 - 10:01 am

great teaching session

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