Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Retouched with Paintshop Pro

re: A Little Help Sunflower Kat's image from the Bloggers' Community Photo Forum

Live concert shots are sometimes difficult. Someday I may have to take a few minutes and compose a list of tips to share. But for now: I would wait until the lighting was better ( if the stage guys ever change them ), then catch the performer in a pause ( it helps to know the song ). A singer always has the microphone in the wrong place ( usually in front of his mouth ). Highlights are hard to avoid, especially if the performer is bald or sweating.

I didn't write down all the steps I used in the post-processing, but it was more than one-click fixes. I'm not real familiar with layering so some of this was done with two images and copy-and-pasting. Different areas had to have their own adjustments.


  1. Very nice, Clyde. I tried mine in Photoshop, but the more I worked with it the more noisy it got.

  2. That's a pretty nice fix Clyde. I know it was multiple steps. My experience was like Marie's...everything I did brought out more noise. I would like to know how you did it....sometime when you have a couple of minutes.


    BTW - I've seen this band about 2 dozen times. The bassist is usually kept in the shadows. But, I know their style very well and can usually predict when something good is coming up. I think that's one of the most important things to know about concert photography.