Swallowtail Butterfly (Two Photographs)

Swallowtail ButterflyTo view more of my photography please click on www.rakmilphotography.com

For some time now I have wanted to be able to make modest changes to the backgrounds of my photographs without affecting my subject. There are many ways to do this, some more complicated than others. Here I used MacPhun’s Aurora HDR’s luminosity masking to affect the background. Some color change has come from my use of a levels adjustment in Photoshop, not from the neutral HDR setting I chose. The former technique has real possibilities. Levels and some masking works well in Photoshop, the mask needs to be carefully crafted but it is also a technique I like that can work wonders on a photograph, for example if you want a darker background and lighter foreground.

Swallowtail Butterfly-2

13 responses

  1. Nil

    In Lightroom you can also use the colour settings that can be manipulated separately, one of my favourites… 🙂

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    September 1, 2016 at 8:00 am

  2. Victor, thank you for the information. I’ve recently purchased HDR Aurora and your advice fits in with that purchase. Also, I took some photos of bees and a swallowtail butterfly like the one you are showing at a visit to the Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, MA. I’ll try out your suggestions using HDR Aurora.

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    September 1, 2016 at 10:03 am

  3. Awesome post, great photos love it! Feel free to check out my site.

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    September 1, 2016 at 11:06 am

  4. Have you ever used or tried Lumenzia by Greg Benz? It’s pretty amazing when it comes to making selections especially to work with light. I use it to make practically all my selections these days. It’s so powerful and I haven’t even scratched the surface!


    September 1, 2016 at 11:11 am

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