Sometimes the image you create takes awhile to get to its final form. I was working on a panorama recently that did not have the most auspicious beginning:
It’s a start, but it needed a lot of work. I started with the crop tool. That way I could get an idea of what problems were going to need fixing, and what I was just cropping out, so therefore didn’t matter. Once I had done that, the three largest problems were the missing sky, the missing building in the lower left corner, and the boats. To re-create the sky and building in Photoshop you can use the lasso tool to select the area, then edit-fill-content aware fill. This tells Photoshop to put in that area what it thinks should be there based on what else is close by in the photo. In this case, it did a very nice job. For the boats, there were just too many masts hanging out in the bottom of the photo, it was a pretty big distraction. For those I used the healing brush, so where there were masts there was now just water. The photo now looked something like this:
This version shown is the Photoshop edits, plus some of the tweaking I did in Lightroom. I wasn’t crazy about this color cast, but a bigger problem was lurking in the sky. It’s a bit hard to see on a small screen, but there are a few spots where you can see the Photoshop transparency where there should be sky. Just a few spots I missed when recreating the sky in that section of the photo. So with that fixed, here is my final version:
I fixed the sky and dialed back the sepia tone in the water and land. I did want to give the photo a bit of a nostalgic feel, so I kept the colors muted. This is the final version that made it to my Picfair portfolio. In this case, worth the effort of editing I think. If you were wondering this photo was taken from Conwy Castle in Wales overlooking the harbor. What do you think of the added in sky and building? I think Photoshop did a pretty good job filling those spots in. Do you like the tone in the photo? Feel free to leave a comment below.