• By Amanda Blackburn.

Clixprestige photography class!

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: