Welcome to a new Friday and here I am editing. I have been homing my still life skills again and found some Litchi to have some fun with. The set up was quite simple. I used my window as a main light source and reflected the light back on the opposite side to soften the shadows. I had a white back drop with a white plate and a white table.
With this image the first thing I wanted to do is add some gradient adjustments at the top and bottom to burn in these areas and give the image a lighter appearance.
I then went back to my normal procedure and reduced the noise and made basic lens corrections.
I moved on to tonal adjustments raising the exposure slightly to brighten the image and improving the contrast. There is a lot of white detail in the histogram, so I lowered the whites slightly as well as lowering the blacks. I also darkened the shadows and the highlights to add a bit more detail to the midtones. Clarity I lowered this to reduce the midtone contrast and adding a slight glow to areas of midtone highlights. I then added contrast to the image.
I wanted to make a curves adjustment to boost the whites even more creating the feel of a high key image.
Now the light toning is ok, I moved onto the colours and the saturation. I went to the HSL panel and increased the saturation of the litchi colours. I also adjusted the hue slightly to make them a little redder.
After raising the saturation on the litchi it actually highlighted some other areas of the image like the base of the plate and the reflections on the plate. I used the adjustment bush to reduce the saturation in these areas but not remove it totally.
Zooming in I noticed some small flecks from the flesh of the litchi on the plate that I missed when composing the shot. I used the spot removal tool using the cloning function to clone these flecks out.
I really like the way the contrast forces the attention of the viewer to the litchi. I was contemplating using a darker plate but the white has really worked well. The high key feeling curve really helped add contrast to the fruit while brightening the whole image.
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