This week’s Re-Edit is cosplayed by SugahFox, cosplaying as Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider franchise.
Lara Croft is an English archaeologist, treasure hunter and tomb raider. Born to an aristocratic family, Lara is generally disinterested in upper class society, finding it stifling and boring. She takes far more interest in delving into the secrets of the past and finding what is believed to not even exist.
Lara’s expeditions have led her to search for some of the most powerful and dangerous artifacts in the world as well as uncovering some of the most mysterious places in Earth’s history.
2020 EDIT PROCESS
I started with the basic changes I always do, by adjusting the exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, HSL, and etc. Throughout this project of re-editing my older photos, I do not refer to the original edited photo so I can see if I would make the same steps or make alternative decisions.
I really struggled to get the correct crop within the 2×3 aspect ratio as I was either cutting too much out or keeping too much in. But once I changed to a 1×1 aspect ratio, it felt more balanced in the photo.
After transferring the photo into Photoshop, I started work with removing the wristband on the cosplayer, with a combination of Patch Tool and Clone Stamp.
I create a Gradient Filter over the image with a light white shade to give an illusion that the day was warmer and shinier.
My last step was to applied the skin smoothering and contouring techniques I do in Photoshop.
COMPARING THE TWO PHOTOS
Comparing the two, there are still aspects which I can see in both photos which I wished I saw such as along the top you can clearly see a security camera which would have been very easy to remove.
I find the 2021 photo to be more level then the 2017 photos, with the background looking more straighter and level between the two photos.
Also in the 2021 photo has a much warmer and lighter tone compared to the 2017 photo where in the original photo, it’s a lot darker and contrast. You can better see the details in the cosplayers outfit and face in the 2021 photo with it being a lighter photo to look at.