For this exercise we need to find 2 images that will be corrected. One with dust on it, the other with lens flare (polygon flare). Using the software available to us, we are to correct these.
Finally my work path and my academic path have crossed over! I work for a photography company that specialises in iconic photography. On a daily basis I edit images.
(It is worth mentioning at this point that I work only to correct images, rather than alter/manipulate them. This begs the question of what is ethically acceptable and what is not. I remove parts that have been damaged in some way since the original photo was taken, and work to restore it to it’s original condition.)
Some of the pictures we work with go as far back as the 1930s so you can image they can arrive with us in a bad state – dust, scratches, fingerprints, creases, you name it.
This type of correction is paramount to my workflow process. I often use software to remove unsightly objects (plane in the sky for example) or flare from my lenses in my personal work.
To emphasise this exercise brief i’ve screen grabbed a recent image of Frank Sinatra I cleaned.
Here’s the original:
When zoomed in you can see the damage and dust – there’s black specs, white specs, and scratches down his cheek.
For this kind of clean up I tend to rely heavily on the spot healing tool, and less on the clone tool.
Lens flare, as a general rule, is something I try to avoid for the majority of the time, unless I feel it’s going to add some form of aesthetic value to an image (a crisp ski slope for example, may look creative with lens flare)
Here’s an image I found containing a prominent flare:
As you can see there’s a definite red and green flare to the left of the image. By using the cloning tool and zooming in to 100% I am able to clone the surrounding areas over the flare. It helps that the area is dense woodland as this can hide any minor spots that may be inconsistent – had the area been a lighter colour it may have been more of a challenge.
Here’s the edited version: