Tip - From Editorial to RF - Dreamstime

As some of you know from a recent blog, I bought a new "stealth" camera - a Lumix LX5 point and shoot. It has a fast lens and low profile that makes it perfect for going places where a bulkly DSLR might draw attention.

I thought I'd bring it along on a grocery shopping trip with my wife. Now if you've never paid much attention to all of the brand names and logos in the supermarket, you certainly will when you try to find a good picture. Everything in the supermarket is slapped with a label, a logo or bar code. Even a lot of the fruit and veggies these days.

One method of getting a usable shot in a store is to throw the products out of focus using shallow depth of field or blurring them via software or slow shutter speed.

In this image taken at a home improvement center, I ran into another problem. The color of the shopping cart and the display racks were painted in a very iconic orange color that is indicative of a certain brand name.

Using Adobe Lightroom 3 it was a simple matter of moving the Orange Hue slider around to change the color of the orange to something new and voila! Editorial image becomes RF.

Photo credits: Peanutroaster.

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November 04, 2011


Great idea, thanks for share!

November 04, 2011


Nice idea and method, Thanks a lot.

November 04, 2011


Thanx a lot for the tips....

November 03, 2011


Thanks for the tips.

November 03, 2011


I'm still figuring out LX5 - I've had some unaccepted images from it recently "Poor optical performance due to low lens quality, such as lens fringing, chromatic aberrations, uneven sharpness in focus area." I'm thinking the lighting was bad and I was trying to push it too much.

November 03, 2011


Good idea and nice photo. I had a small camera in a supermarket recently but with all the products it's going to be editorial. Always useful at times like these when food prices are rising due to recent storms and ruined crops- I feel badly for the farmers and we consumers. Just reminded me that I ought to get the photo up!
Great idea though - we have to go to that same store soon to replace all the stuff in our basement ruined by the hurricane and to get some new plants from their garden center since we lost many trees and bushes from the recent freak snowstorm. So I'll take my little Nikon p7000 or maybe even my new iPhone - now that's a real stealth camera LOL.
Good photo and great idea-thanks!

November 03, 2011


Simple and easy:) Nice "fix". How do you like the camera?

November 03, 2011


Good luck with your image is a good idea that will be easy to sell.

November 03, 2011


I agree it is a good idea. I like the picture, too. But, when I have submitted pictures with shallow depth of field they have been rejected for that very reason. One editor even said "everything in a picture must be in sharp focus."

November 03, 2011


Great idea and nice photo!

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