All right, welcome to this new photo edit. We are editing a macro photo. So if you want to follow along, go ahead and open up the macro photo file that was at the beginning of this section. So this one is a fun one. I did a lot of editing with it And in terms of the composition, not so much a lot of editing to the exposure and contrast and colors, but still trying to make the sole focus this bug on this flower. And so let's dive right into it and start editing this photo awesome. So here's the photo that I was starting with and I started to crop it like this and as I do, I play around with using the rule of thirds putting this bug on sort of the third line and the more I looked at it, it was just a little bit off to me and the reason was because this bug was upside down and I feel like a photo like this where the bug was actually right side up would look a little bit better so you can actually rotate or flip photos in lightroom just by right clicking them, going to transform and choosi...
ng rotate left, rotate right or flipping horizontal or vertical. So I just went ahead and rotated it a couple of times and now we have this bug and the bug is actually right side up. So this was the first thing I did and then I started editing everything else. One thing that started to bug me though was how this stem of the flower was going up. If someone actually looked at this closely they would say wait a second. This bug is and this flower is upside down, there's no way that a flower would kind of swoop up like that with a bug standing on it, that's not how gravity works. So we're going to talk about using the clone brush to remove this in a minute. But first let's just play around with the color really quickly. I didn't do much, I did drop the blacks just a little bit. I actually boosted the shadows. There's not many shadows, but I'm trying to get detailed back on the back of this bug and then their wings with the highlights. Same thing, there's not many highlights, but I brought them down just a little bit by bringing them down, you get a little color back behind in this green, and then I also want to boost clarity just a little bit. I usually add a little bit of clarity to most photos except maybe if it's a portrait or a person, and that's because when you add clarity it starts to add a lot of detail that looks a little unnatural for people, but for things like bugs or animals that can kind of look cool. This photo is already very saturated and colorful, so I'm not going to boost saturation or vibrance here, I am going to go down to the H. S. L. Panel and I'm going to bring up just specifically one of these colors, so I'm going to click the little color picker next to saturation, go to this pink and then drag up so this makes this flower a bit more colorful. One thing I actually did was I went back and I brought the orange down just a little bit, bringing up the orange, brought up this sort of pinkish part of the bug right here, which I didn't really like as much, so I'm going to bring the orange back down and really just have that pink be boosted, I can go down here to the magenta and raise that too in case there's some color that wasn't chosen by this color picker in the flower that I want to increase the saturation of. This is also a cool example of where I could change the hue, so if I take this and I change the hue, I can change the hue of this flower and all of the colors with it to something else. Something a little bit more pink, a little bit more brown or yellow, That's something cool that you can do with the hue slider which I usually don't play around with much cool. So I'm gonna leave the rest of these as is I'm going to boost the noise reduction just a little bit because we are zoomed in because we cropped, you do see that this photo has a bit of noise, so I'm going to boost the noise reduction, just a little bit, Something like 30 and if we see the before and after before, I know this is gonna be really hard for you to see on your computer when you're watching this video. But trust me, it is getting a rid of some of that noise in the background. Next I did add a little bit of brush and I boosted the exposure of just the dark parts of the bug. So with our brush with auto mask on, I'm just going to click, let me press, oh, so I can see my mask overlay. We're just going to select these wings just like so, and this doesn't have to be too perfect. Let's turn off mask overlay and boost the shadows just a little bit. And also I'm going to increase clarity. Actually not clarity because that makes the shadows a little darker. We're just going to increase the sharpness of this bug itself. Cool, Let's just boost overall not overall exposure. Me the highlights just a little bit as well. Cool. One other thing I did actually was create a vignette back in our main menu. So let's turn off our brush, go down to our post crop vignette. Ng I find that vignette with a macro photo usually worked pretty well. The sole attention is really to be focused in one area. It's already doing that with the focus and the blurry background. Let's also add to that with a vignette. So notice this is crazy, I would never want a vignette this much but notice how when I add a vignette, sometimes I go a little crazy and then I back off so I get all of my settings for midpoint feather roundness. I usually leave as is but for that amount then I'll just kind of back off. Something like that is pretty good. Now if I turn this off and on, you can notice that with it on, it looks pretty good. And don't get me wrong, adding a vignette to every photo is not the right thing to do. But for a photo like this where we want our attention drawn directly to this bug. I think adding a vignette kind of helps we can increase this highlight slider to let some of the highlights through. But since there aren't too many highlights in the edges were not getting too much of that. Alright, so the last thing I really did was play with the stem. Now what I can do is play with the clone or the spot removal tool but I want to just crop in as much as possible before I do that, something like that, I might even end up cropping in even more. So I'm just going to show you the technique that I use though before I cropped in. So if you have something like this we can actually remove this part of this plant with the the spot removal brush or the healing brush. So if I take this, increase the size, something like that, I'm going to do this in a couple of chunks because if I do this whole bit right here, what happens is it's looking for another part of this image to replace it with and that's kind of too big. So I'm going to delete that and then I'm just going to start up here, do one, move it around just a little bit. That looks pretty good. Now I'm gonna do another one here. Gonna take this spot that it's selected, move it up. Maybe decrease the feathering a little bit so that the edges look better and then we can kind of do this part right here and notice how each of these little brushes that I've done. There's different colors in this background. So I'm making sure to select a part of the background. That does look pretty good with the replacement that I'm doing. So basically I would continue doing that, making sure it looks good. And then I cropped just even more to crop in but notice that when I crop in like this, I realized well I didn't have to do all that work to actually crop out. I get a pretty cool shot like this with lots of negative space and this bug kind of on the rule of thirds and now the flower popping up like that looks pretty natural. So honestly I don't know why I just walked through that entire process of showing you the clone tool on how to remove a stem. But now, you know, if you do need to remove a long stem or a wire or something, telephone pole, telephone wires, that's something a lot of people like removing from their photos, it might be easier to do it in little chunks rather than all at once. Now when I look at this photo one more time I'm like, wow, that's very pink. So I might go down here to the saturation, drop down the saturation of the red right there, just a little bit cool. So that was the macro edit. I hope you enjoyed this one. I think one of the techniques that I wanted to show you was if you really want to go crazy, you can actually rotate your photos, you can flip or flop them. For example, if I don't like this bug on the right side, I can just go to transform flip horizontal and now our bug is on the left side. Now to me, this looks really off because I was so used to this bug being on the right side now, it looks like it's a fake photo where I'm looking in the mirror. But if someone sees this for the first time, it probably will look pretty natural to them and they won't think anything of it, so I'm gonna leave it like this. But this is the macro photo edit. If you have any questions, let me know. Otherwise we'll see you in another lesson. Bye.