Photo Editing – Inquiry into Digital Content

I chose a photo which was taken during my trip to a desert in Dubai, UAE in March of 2010. The photo shows a storage hut with a desert motor vehicle and a resting place for camels (on the left) and two camels (my friend is riding one of the camels) and a guide approaching the hut from behind.

I used Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 to edit and manipulate the original photograph. Below is the original photograph.


Original Photo – Dubai Desert

The first manipulation that was done to the original image was flipping it horizontally. Below is the horizontally flipped image.


Horizontally Flipped Photo

The second manipulation that was done to the original image was cropping it using the Rule of Thirds. I used the cropping with Rule of Thirds tool in Adobe Photoshop and I was able to see intersecting lines that divided the picture – horizontally and vertically – into thirds. I concentrated on the storage hut and I was able to get intersecting lines on the hut. My upper horizontal third in the picture below contains the blue sky while the lower horizontal third contains the desert with brown sand.


Cropped Image using Rule of Thirds

The third manipulation that was done to the above image was to erase the picture of the two camels, my friend, and the guide approaching the hut from behind. This manipulation produced the image of a storage hut with a desert motor vehicle (see below). It was done using Spot Healing Brush tool. Using this tool was quite challenging and time consuming but with trial and error, I was able to erase the required object and then refine the image by filling the gaps obtained after erasing the object. Therefore, Spot Healing Brush tool was helpful in erasing the required object and refining the image to fill the gaps.


Image without camels, guide, and my friend!

Lastly, I changed the saturation of the image so that the image now appears black and white (see below). This was quite easy to do in Photoshop with just two mouse clicks: clicking on the saturation tab and then selecting the appropriate amount of saturation from the list.


1824 A.D. Black & White picture!

I usually use Microsoft Office Picture manager software to edit my pictures; hence, this was my first time using Adobe Photoshop Elements 11. Since I heard positive reviews on Adobe Photoshop from other people, I wanted to experiment this software and explore its features. Photoshop is an interesting software; there are so many things you can do with it when it comes to editing photos and there is also an online user manual for beginners.

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4 Responses to Photo Editing – Inquiry into Digital Content

  1. Hi Rahim,
    I chose camels for my photo editing as well! I live in Al Ain in the UAE as a kindergarten teacher. I get to see camels every day as I drive passed a camel race track on my commute to work and it never gets tiring watching the camels train. I also see a lot of pickups transporting camels and I find it so funny to see these large animals in such small vehicle, but they are cover head to toe with cushions to keep them comfortable. How did you find adobe photoshop elements? Was it fairly easy to use or did you have to refer to the manual often?

    • rahimpira says:

      Hi Jo,

      Great to see your comment on my posting! I found Adobe photoshop to be quite easy to use. I didn’t go through user manual; I just explored it on my own!

  2. Vernon Ion says:

    Great job in removing the two camels, your friend, and the guide.

    Was it hard? I struggled with my photo with that skill. I guess its something you practice and practice.

  3. pdyjur says:

    Nicely done Rahim! I like the crop as it ‘grounds’ the shack. You did a great job erasing something from the image – that’s challenging to do. I have to say I like the image better in color, but changing an image to black and white may come in handy from time to time.

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