Retouching the Oregon Home Cover Shot

I take a lot of pride in my Photoshop retouching skills. Mainly because I try really hard to make my shots not look like they’ve been retouched.

For architectural interior shots like this cover image for Oregon Home, I often do something I call, “Dropping in the Windows.” During the shoot, I’ll take several brackets that are under my main exposure. Later on in Photoshop, I will pick a darker exposure that I like the look out the windows and overlay it on the main exposure. I then hand cut out the windows using a mask and blend it together a little with the paintbrush. It’s subtle, time consuming, but the look can’t be beat.

The alternative to this is to do and HDR photograph or overlight the room with artificial light. I, personally, never like either of those ways look, so that’s why I do it the hard way.

Here’s time-lapse of the whole process:

6 Responses to “Retouching the Oregon Home Cover Shot”

  1. […] For you Photoshop geeks out there, click here to see how I retouched the cover shot. […]

  2. Chris Terry says:

    Fast work, takes me a minute to load the photo! nice attention to detail though

  3. Andrew says:

    Excellent video Lincoln.

    Is it alright if I refer my clients to it?



  4. Brian DO says:

    Hello Lincoln,

    I am so inspired by the work you do. Do you shoot in all ambient light? Then do your layering technique on all your photos? Your lighting is always so natural. Truly amazing stuff.

    Thanks Brian

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