Just a reference shot. This is the original. The cat looks great but can play around in Photoshop and make it even better. I don’t know about better.
I played around with making the image black and white and it was still ok but just didn’t capture the power and captivating nature of the Jaguar. So with a little saturation of the eyes and covering everything in black and white well there you have it. It does grab your attention.
Again that is the reference shot for what I did in photo shop. You can see the enclosure walls, which is one reason I don’t like zoo pictures. But lets face it I am not, nor will I ever try to fake a zoo shot for a wild shot. What can I do to make it look a little more interesting though, I give you…..
I blacked out the background and cropped in a little closer. Is it a perfect outline? no, do I need to get a drawing pad or work on my mouse skills? yes, Does it look a little better than the original? I think so.
This big giant was kind enough to give me a nice face on shot. I zoomed in really tight to get the texture of the skin. It all seemed a little grey to me though. So what to do?
I went to the black background again. I also darkened up the face and trunk alittle to really make the lines, creases, and wrinkles pop. I know this black background thing is kinda done to death. I am no where near the first to use it. I am just learning to have a little fun and see what works.