PHOTO BY BARNICK

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Editing Hockey Photos Shot Through The Glass – Part 2

As promised, here is part 2 of me editing a couple of my photos from Michigan hockey shot through the glass rather than through a hole in the glass.  Hopefully this helps.

Here is the final version of the photo I’ll be working on in this blog.  It’s of Gavin Brindley from Michigan Hockey:

Gavin Brindley Michigan Hockey
Gavin Brindley Michigan Hockey

Here is the completely unedited version of the photo above:

 
Gavin Brindley Michigan Hockey Unedited
Gavin Brindley Michigan Hockey Unedited

As in my previous blog, the unedited image looks very bland and uninspiring. 

For this photo, the first thing I did was crop it and then adjust the “tone” in Lightroom.  As mentioned in the previous blog, I used Lightroom for all my edits.  Also as previously mentioned, I like to bring down the highlights and increase the shadows (to get more detail showing in the face) and whites.  I bring down the blacks which will increase the contrast in the image and can add some pop.  Again, decreasing the blacks will darken the image so you may have to adjust exposure and whites after changing the blacks:

Gavin Brindley Michigan Hockey - After Cropping and Adjusting Tone
Gavin Brindley Michigan Hockey – After Cropping and Adjusting Tone

Then I worked on the “presence” part of the Lightroom edit.  I added some clarity and also dehaze.  I don’t have any magic formula for the amount to use for each of them but I try both until I get what I want.  A little (especially with dehaze) can go  a long way.  

Gavin Brindley Michigan Hockey - After Adjusting Presence in Lightroom
Gavin Brindley Michigan Hockey – After Adjusting Presence in Lightroom

Then I adjusted the tint because the image looked a little too green to me:

Gavin Brindley Michigan Hockey - After Adjusting Tint in Lightroom
Gavin Brindley Michigan Hockey – After Adjusting Tint in Lightroom

After this, just like my previous post, I felt that it was still missing something.  And just like my previous post, it needed more contrast and wasn’t jumping out of the page at me, and I had forgotten to do one thing: lens profile corrections.  Again, these corrections should be done right away and can make a big difference. 

Finally, I used the denoise AI feature in Lightroom.  Here is the image prior to utilizing denoise:

Gavin Brindley Michigan Hockey Without Denoise
Gavin Brindley Michigan Hockey Without Denoise

It’s not a huge difference from the final image but I still like using denoise on these shots because I find that it can take away some of the dark dots that can show up on players’ faces and other lighter areas in the images shot through the glass.  These can show up when the image is more magnified.  Again, not a huge difference but for me it does help.  It wasn’t shot at a high iso at all (iso 640) so you may not need the denoise feature on a shot like this.  But this is how I edit it.  Again, maybe this will help others trying to do the same thing.

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