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This is the last shot I'll be posting from the Faces and Places Photo Tour to Oman that I ran with Bobbi Lane last November, and while I'm happy to take credit for the post-production (more of which below), the credit for setting this one up goes to Catalin Marin. We were walking through Wadi Shab and Catalin met this guy and his friend (who appears in this shot of mine). After talking to them for a while he asked if they'd mind being photographed, so I jumped on the bandwagon and took a few shots too. If you're interested, Catalin's version is here:


In terms of the post-production, while this is quite a simple image, it's also interesting. It was edited using just three adjustment layers: two curves (one global, and one to brighten his eyes) and then further adjusted using a Black and White adjustment layer. In this case though, because I changed the blend mode of this layer to Luminosity, the changes I made affected the density of the colours, not the saturation. If you're a subscriber to our tutorials you'll be able to download a copy of the PSD file as I've used it as this week's Mini-PSD.

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12.08pm on 18/3/11
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comment by Carlos Garcia at 06:42 PM (GMT) on 30 May, 2011

Great portrait David! Yellow is definitely in! Great results from the processing. It's like you brought the image to life.

comment by Dan Kaufman at 09:36 PM (GMT) on 30 May, 2011

Interesting use of the Black and White adjustment layer. I downloaded the mini-PSD to look at it before making this comment. I learn something EVERY time I look at your tutorials.

comment by Uwe at 10:00 AM (GMT) on 1 June, 2011

So nice colors and a friendly, pleasant portrait. Very nice!

comment by steve deer at 06:54 PM (GMT) on 1 June, 2011

For some reason, and I can't explain why. I really don't like this image... I know it's not helpful at all... maybe it's the yellow? maybe it's his facial expression? maybe it's the beige rock (almost woodchip wallpaper) b/g?... maybe it's the slope on the bench?... or maybe it's all those things? (my first negative comment dave, sorry!)

comment by Thomas at 11:45 AM (GMT) on 2 June, 2011

I like the monochromatic touch to it.