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How to Edit Photos Taken From an Airliner in Photoshop

I’ve have a lot of experience editing photos taken through the windows of airliners.  Over the years I’ve developed a method for editing my aerial photos in Photoshop.  The goal of my photo editing is to recreate the scene that my eye saw at the time I took the photo.  In the case of aerial photos, it means I have to add a lot of contrast in Photoshop to make up for the contrast that is stolen by airliner’s window and the six miles of atmosphere between the window and the ground.

This video tutorial takes you through the process of editing a photo taken out an airliner’s window.  Here you will see how I use Adobe Camera RAW and smart object layers to accomplish the required adjustments.  My methods are always evolving.  This is the style of editing I have been using for the past eight months.  Prior to using smart objects I did these same types of edits using strictly Photoshop layers, masks, and filters.  The technique of adding depth by varying the contrast across the frame is a technique I’ve been using for years.  I now get the effect with RAW and smart objects but it is possible to get these same effects by using standard layers and masks.

Don’t forget to press the full screen button (it’s right between the “HD” and Vimeo logo)

How to Edit a Photo Taken From an Airliner from David Raboin on Vimeo.

Please leave a comment if you have any questions. In the future I plan to take you through a few more aerial photo edits.  Stay tuned.


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One Response

  1. Skysaddle

    Thanks. I’m getting better/faster at making these. Once the wedding stuff is over I’ll start making more tuts.

    March 13, 2012 at 10:20 pm

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