• By Amanda Blackburn.

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How to make small objects increase in size.

My husband Kerry is a photographer and has been since the age of 16. His family used to run a photography business and he worked with his family for many years. Over the years his skills have grown, I’m lucky enough to have his help when it comes to getting photographs for my posts and social media. I’ve been learning new skills, thanks to him. I’m going to be sharing my photography knowledge with you as I learn.

Editing software used: Lightroom and Photoshop.

Camera used: Sony A7iii

Step 1:

Choose the object that you want to enlarge.

Step 2:

Think about the scene that would fit your object. I have used a reindeer so I decided to go to a woodland area with some water, somewhere a Reindeer might actually be if it was alive.

Here is my photo of the scene:

Step 3:

I always shoot in manual so you can underexpose. Set the f-number to at least f9 for the scene. For the reindeer I set the f-number at f5.6 to f8, this helped to get the edges sharp making the editing easier. When you underexpose your photo you will capture all the highlighted details. If you want to find out how to set the exposure there are plenty of videos on YouTube that show you. And same goes for your f-number.

Step 4:

Take a photo of the object using good lighting. I took a photo of the reindeer in the woods as the lighting was perfect. I also made sure that the sun was hitting the reindeer as it should be from the scene. Think about your object, how it stands, best angles. I wanted to make my reindeer come alive. Take the time to think and plan beforehand. Now you have your photos it’s time to edit.

Step 5:

I open my photos using Lightroom and make the slightest adjustments.

Exposure Highlights Shadows Lens correction

Most of this part is down to your own personal preference but I always make sure I hit the lens correction.

Step 6:

When you have adjusted your settings export your photo to photoshop. To do this right click the photo and on the list, you will see edit in photoshop example here

Step 7:

With your photo now in photoshop, the enlargement process can begin.

Start with your chosen object, in my image it was the reindeer. Here I use the quick selection tool shown here:

Select your object. To make it easier you can zoom in and out on the image using Ctrl key and the plus + and - on your keyboard. To move the image around, hold spacebar and left click holding and dragging your mouse to move the image around. Once you have got the selection as perfect as you want it, hit Ctrl and C this will make a copy of your selection.

Step 8:

Paste your object to your scene. Click on your scene photo and hit Ctrl and V, this will paste your selection into your scene photo. This adds a new layer that can be moved around in the scene photo.

Step 9:

Scale your object. Hit Ctrl and T to resize. Hold down the shift key and hold down left click on your mouse. This will scale your image. When you have finished hit the return key.

On this particular image, the reindeer feet made the image look unrealistic, I thought reindeer feet would look better hidden in the foliage. I simply used the rubber and erased the bottom of the feet away.

There are other ways of doing this but for now its quick and easy.

Step 10:

For the last part in photoshop add an adjustment and choose curves, shown here:

click on the one that says RGB shown here:

In this photo I chose blue but this is down to your own personal preference. Have a play with the diagonal line Shown here:

Click the left button on your mouse. Adjust the colour of your scene to make it match. Save your image. Your photo will now be back in Lightroom.

The next step is to make your photo look more realistic. I added a shadow using the Adjustment Brush.

Lower the Exposure and add a shadow under the object. Where would a shadow be cast on your object? think of how you took the photo how was the light reflecting on your object. You can make some parts darker by going over with the brush or you can click new here:

Have a play around with the exposure until you get the balance right.

Finish off by having a play with temp, contrast, and saturation. This will make your photo look gorgeous. Don’t be scared to have a play with these settings, if you take it too far don’t worry you can always hit the reset button here:

Here is my final image good luck with your images. Let me know how you get on.

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