This was a really long shot and the lighting wasn’t great. But I really liked the composition and the way the White-tailed Deer Does were looking right at me.
After processing the photo (bottom photo), I wasn’t really happy with the results. The photo wasn’t that sharp even after using the Unsharp Mask Filter at 110% in Photoshop. The bodies of the deer were also noisy from trying to add the detail to the image.
I decided to play around with two Photoshop Plugins that give your photos an artistic look: Topaz Impression and Akvis OilPaint. See my blog posts on both Akvis OilPaint and Topaz Impression for more detail on these Plugins.
These two plugins do basically the same thing; they apply artistic effects to your photographs. Akvis OilPaint focuses mainly on different oil painting effects while Topaz Impression contains a broader variety of painting techniques.
Applying these artistic techniques using Akvis OilPaint and Topaz Impression works surprisingly well for nature and wildlife photographs. Next time you have a nature photograph that you are not quite happy with, give one of these plugins a try.
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon 500mm f/4 with 1.4x III Telephoto Extender
Focal Length: 700mm
Shutter Speed: 1/320 of a second
Exposure Compensation: +2/3
Lighting: Mostly Cloudy Afternoon
- Cropped the photo in Lightroom.
- Applied the Film Efex: Vintage, Vignette: Lens and Detail Extractor Filters in Color Efex Pro 4.
- Used Viveza 2 to selectively lighten the darken the image.
- Added contrast, saturation, and pop to the photo using the Fur and Feathers I filter in Topaz Clarity.
- Selectively removed noise from the photo using Topaz DeNoise.
- Selectively sharpened the photo using the Unsharp Mask Filter in Photoshop CC 2014 reusing the layer mask from the previous step.
- Used the Oil Glaze Preset in Topaz Impressions to give the photo an artistic look.
- Selectively lightened the darkened the image in Viveza 2 to make the deer stand out.
Written by Martin Belan
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