I actually like the softness of my SOOC image. I intensionally under-exposed the subject (me) slightly and pointed my camera towards the light source (the sliding doors leading to the backyard) to capture what I like to call a soft silhouette. However, for the purpose of this SHOOT and EDIT challenge I’ve set out to convert my original to a high-contrast silhouette, darkening my profile and outer areas of the photograph.
Ashley’s tutorial using LAYER MASKS in Photoshop to concentrate adjustments to specific areas in a photo is perfect. However, because of the simple nature of my photograph, I chose to use Lightroom 3 to edit. Here are my steps starting with the original image.
And there you have it … how to create a high-contrast silhouette in under 3 minutes using LR3. Note: Had the area that needed to be darkened been irregular-shaped, the edit would have taken me much longer and I would have had to use LR3’s Adjustment Brush or Photoshop’s Layer Masks as per Ashley’s tutorial.