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This is a guest post by Nicole Begley, please visit her websites to learn more:
Nicole Begley Photography
Hair of the Dog

Nicole Begley - Stechschulte-108_WEB

Canon 5d MK III: RAW
24 mm f/1.4
Shutter Speed: 1/1600
ISO 250

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Shooting mode: manual
Metering mode: partial/spot
Focus points: single
Focus mode: AF-C Servo (continuous focusing)

This image was taken on February 11th at 9:17am.  It was freezing outside, approximately 20 degrees and windy. It didn’t bother Rosie at all but my fingers were a bit cold despite wearing my glove liners for cold weather shooting. The skies were overcast, a typical Pittsburgh winter day. Using a single focus point, I focused on the dog’s left eye.

I use custom white balance at all of my shoots to get the image as close to proper white balance as possible. This saves me time in post-processing and also gets my images 95% of the way there with proper color. Even with a trained eye it can be challenging to find the proper white balance and tint on an improperly white balanced image.

Below is the original and edited versions, cropping, basic exposure and contrast adjustments in Lightroom to brighten the snow and bring up the shadows in the dog. The leash was removed in Photoshop using content aware fill and the patch tool. I used the liquify filter to remove those distracting bumps on the dog’s back. Lastly, I brightened and sharpened the eyes in Photoshop using the history brush and a high pass filter and mask

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