Alex Beadon’s “Edit the Photo”

| December 20, 2010

Before and after edit of Alex Beadon's photo

Guess what? I’m not the only person that hosts challenges. I have met a wonderfully talented group of photographers via twitter and Alex Beadon is one of them. She lives in Hanley Castle in Worcestershire, England and she take beautiful, fresh, and spirited photos of people.

Alex recently posted on twitter that she was going to provide a portrait for people to edit and send back to her. I thought, “What the heck,” and decided to send one in. Above, you can see the shot she provided on the left and the results of my edit on the right. I tried to approach the edit as if the subject was my client. I felt my first priority was to focus the viewer on the subject so I de-cluttered the background a bit, especially the “blob” on the left side of her head. I deliberately left the fence post in my crop to give a sense of location and help balance the photograph.

To achieve the result of this edit, I used Photoshop CS5 and a few plugins from OneOne and Topaz Labs. OneOne photo tools has a wonderful preset called Angel Glow that I used to blow the background and add the angel like halo around the subject. After that, I used Topaz Clean on a duplicate layer to simplify detail. If you want to see the edit, just watch the short video I made below. I hope this helps those new to Photoshop!

Oh, and check out Alex Beadon’s work. You won’t be disappointed! Yes! Take me her site!

A quick Screenflow movie of how I edited Alex Beadon’s “Edit the Photo” challenge.


Category: Photography, Tutorials

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  1. Alex says:

    Wow this is an awesome post!! Thanks so much for the kind words about my photos 🙂 The challenge was definitely a fun one and I’ve been inspired to do more :). This post is great – I loooove that you even showed a video of your editing process!! That’s so cool :D. P.S. Your edit is beautiful!!

  2. Lee says:

    Thanks for the visit and the comment Alex!