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Take Your Wildlife Photos To Another Level By Enhancing The Eyes

By Anthony Thurston on March 20th 2015

It is not uncommon for photographers to touch up a subject’s eyes after a portrait or wedding session, but did you know that doing so on your wildlife photos can have a profound impact as well?


Steve Perry is back with another great quick tip on processing your wildlife images, and this time he is talking about using Photoshop to touch up the eyes of the wildlife in your image. It may seem like something small and minor, but as often seems to be the case in photography, it’s the small things you do that add up to make the difference between a decent shot and a great one.

I personally never take my wildlife photos into Photoshop for eye enhancement. I just pull it up in Lightroom and use the eye enhancer brush presets included in the SLR Lounge Lightroom Preset System. That said, I may start doing this, as I do take them into Photoshop occasionally to do other things, so switching to this method for the eyes would be easy to add to my list.

In the wild, you don’t have the ability to control your light, or get your subject to turn a certain direction for a better catchlight. You get what you are given, and so you sometimes need to modify images after the fact in order to really display what you wanted to capture.

Just as in portraiture, small things like calculated eye enhancement are critical to making a great final image. It doesn’t just stop with the shutter slap. If you want to take your wildlife -or any – images to the next level, get into the habit of taking the time to process them correctly with great tips like this.

For more from Steve Perry, you can check out his website or Youtube Channel.

[via Steve Perry]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Great tip.

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  2. Brandon Dewey

    thanks for the amazing tips!

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  3. Ed Rhodes

    thanks for the heads up. I may be going to Africa soon, so this might come in handy.

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  4. Graham Curran

    Great tip, I’ve only just got the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets and I’m still finding my way around.

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