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Water Splash Photography Tutorial, Part 2: Photo Editing in Photoshop

Photo Editing in Photoshop

In this part of the photography tutorial I will show you how I edited this shot, both in Lightroom and Photoshop (first part, the shooting is here: Liquid Splash Photography Tutorial: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Part 1)

As usual  when I’m done shooting I import all photos from the camera into Lightroom. When the import is done, I start going through every image and mark out the ones I want to use for the final shot. I mark them with colors in Lightroom so I quickly can sort them to see what shots I did use.

I´ve got 166 splash shots from this session to choose from, I can honestly say that I just did a really quick look through of the images before starting to combine them in Photoshop. It was just so many shots to go through so I did just take a look at the thumbnails to see the shape of the shots, and when I found a shape that I thought I could work with I opened it and edited quickly in Lightroom before opening it into Photoshop.


1(View from Lightroom library)

(Unedited RAW file of the phone)

In Lightroom i did the following adjustments for the phone shot:

  • White Balance adjustments
  • Exposure: +1,07
  • Contrast: +60
  • Highlights: +19
  • Shadows: -56
  • Whites: 0
  • Blacks: -76
  • Clarity: +50

(Phone shot edited in Lightroom)

Here I will show you one of the water splash shots, unedited and edited with the settings I used.

(Unedited Shot in Lightroom)

As you can see the RAW file just looks flat and a bit boring, so I made some basic adjustments to make it pop a bit, and then I boosted the blue color.

Here is a list with the settings in the edited images I used for the final shot.

  • White Balance adjustments
  • Exposure: +0,12
  • Contrast: +50
  • Highlights: +86
  • Shadows: -33
  • Whites: +33
  • Blacks: -17
  • Saturation of the blue chanel: +89

3(As you can see there is a lot of very small blue drops all over the image that become visible when i boost the saturation of the blue chanel)


When I have applied these settings to all the splashes I was going to use in the final shot I opened them as layers in Photoshop and started to mask them. Here is a list of the shots that I used in the final shot.

6(All shots from the final composite)

Photo Editing in Photoshop

Final shot


About The Author: Patric Bergkvist

Im 27 years old. I live in Sweden with my fiancee and our three kids, number four is on it's way. Bought my first camera 27 December 2010 and i got hooked right away

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