Do people not into photography ever notice this?

November 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This past year, I've noticed a lot of photos with "halos" around the subject. By "halos," I mean the subject has a glowing outline that's usually caused by someone using an adjustment brush to either lighten the subject or darken the background and not taking the time to stay close to the lines.


When done correctly I'd probably never notice that the adjustment brush was used. When done poorly I notice the outline almost immediately, which made me wonder if people who aren't into photography catch it or don't even notice.


Here are some examples if you don't know what I'm talking about:

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The first photo is without an adjustments from the adjustment brush. This is usually how I'd edit a photo like this.


Copyright Dan Pomykalski In the second photo, I dropped the exposure of the entire photo a little, but used the adjustment brush to increase the exposure of Malin a little. Making sure that the adjustments made aren't too noticeable and unnatural looking and using different sized brushes can make this process very time consuming. I would do this if the subject was either getting lost in the background, or if the shoot was outside and the lighting was bad. 


Copyright Dan Pomykalski The last photo is what I'm talking about. As you can probably see, there's a very noticeable, unnatural looking glow around Malin. I make a deliberate effort to avoid my photos turning out like this. I'm not sure which annoys me more; how jarring the glow is, or that the person editing the photo didn't take the time to try to stay near the edges of the subject.


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