Your Photo Our Look: December Edition

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Happy holidays everyone! Here by popular demand is another Your Photo Our Look video. We asked the Plus community to submit their RAW images for us to edit up our way in Photo RAW 2018. In this edition I edit three Plus member’s photos. After raw processing the first image of a couple in a crowd, I use one of Photo RAW 2018’s stock Effects presets to give the photo a modern look and then add a Blur filter in Effects to make the couple stand out. Next I test the limits of Photo RAW’s ability to process an extremely high contrast landscape scene, boosting the shadows with a combination of local adjustments before removing some distractions and finish process the image in Effects without using presets. Finally I raw process, remove distractions and use one of my Winter Classic Effects presets to add character to a lovely winter scene of a barn in the woods. I want to give a huge shout out to all the awesome Plus members who submitted images. You made it really tough for me to choose. I hope everyone is having a fantastic holiday season with lots of great food and family. See you in 2018!

19 comments on “Your Photo Our Look: December Edition”

  1. On December 21, 2017 at 11:48 am Werner wrote:

    thank you Hudson for choosing my photo
    merry christmas and all the best to you
    and your family

  2. On December 21, 2017 at 4:49 pm Bruce Blaylock wrote:

    Don’t know why, but I have never watched an episode of this series..big mistake. Got a lot of really cool ideas. Think I’ll go look in the archives for previous videos. Thanks, Hudson. Merry Christmas to you and your family…Bruce

    1. On December 23, 2017 at 10:28 pm Hudson Henry replied:

      And to you Bruce! Thanks for that feedback. I’m so glad you enjoyed.

  3. On December 21, 2017 at 9:34 pm Larry Lancaster wrote:

    On the first one, why did you use the Exposure slider to reduce the blown out highlights initially instead of using the Highlights slider?

    1. On December 23, 2017 at 10:58 pm Hudson Henry replied:

      Such a great question Larry. Every RAW processor has it’s own quirks. I was initially frustrated that I couldn’t recover enough highlight detail in Photo RAW with the Whites and Highlights sliders, then I realized that pulling exposure down did exactly what I wanted, and then it’s very easy to move shadows and midtones back exactly where you want them. Give it a shot.

  4. On December 23, 2017 at 3:24 pm Mark Hoyle wrote:

    Hey Hudson
    What is the model number of the small intuos tablet?

      1. On December 24, 2017 at 9:46 am Mark Hoyle replied:


  5. On December 24, 2017 at 5:53 am Pete Galligan wrote:

    Hi Hudson,
    When you set the White and Black Point first does that somewhat anchor those points? I notice you do that first and then move Shadows, Highlights or Midtones, but you don’t go back and check that Whites or Blacks move. I actually do it the opposite way. I adjust Highlights and Shadows and maybe Exposure and then set the White and Black Point last. I basically move from top to bottom with the sliders. I guess my question is does one way have an advantage over the other and once the W & B are set do they stay there?
    Merry Christmas to you and your family,

    1. On December 24, 2017 at 12:32 pm Hudson Henry replied:

      With the exception of a rare, dramatic increase of the highlight slider, yes I find that it does a great job of locking the black and white points, and then I can do a more accurate job of spreading the range between them. It’s been my practice since the old days of curves and levels in Photoshop and I still prefer it. You can always keep track of that with the J-key or clicking the clipping mask icon at the top right of the histogram display to lock the clipping mask on. That said, if your method is working for you, then there’s nothing wrong with it. :-)

  6. On December 26, 2017 at 9:46 pm Jim Kurovsky wrote:

    It’s fun to see a photo’s potential developed/revealed by simple processing techniques. I’m sure many of us throw away photos that just need some love, attention and experimentation. Great job.

    Do you know where we can find your winter presets you used in this video?

  7. On December 28, 2017 at 7:25 am MaryEllyn Vicksta wrote:

    Thanks, Hudson, for another great YPOL. I really learn a lot from these videos, from selecting photos that can be reclaimed with post processing to what to look for as you edit so the final photo is truly professional looking. Plus, I learn a lot about features in Raw 2018 that I would probably overlook and that can take my post editing proficiency to a new level.

    Have a wonderful holiday. Looking forward to 2018!

  8. On December 28, 2017 at 2:30 pm James Golando wrote:

    Hi Hudson,

    Thanks! Great editing tips. I amazed every time by the difference in the photos when you are done with your edits!

    All the best to you and your family and Happy New Year!!


  9. On January 3, 2018 at 3:13 pm Donghee Kim wrote:

    Hi, Hudson,

    Thanks for your class.

    I’m really impressed first image editing.

    Happy new year.


  10. On January 3, 2018 at 4:28 pm LYNN B wrote:

    Every episode of YPOL is like a series of mini-tutorials! So often, find myself saying, “Wow! That would be a great workflow to use on… [whatever photo I have in mind].

    Thanks for another great learning opportunity.

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