Dust spotting.

I spent a lot of time in my younger days working in photo labs and in a photo studio. To this day, I can’t look at a picture I have taken and not want to retouch all the little spots out of it. It was a major step in producing quality custom prints. We used to call it dust-spotting.

In digital photography, it’s hardly ever a problem, since there’s no negative acting as a dust magnet and no paper getting specks on it before you send it through the processor.

But there are plenty of dirty windows and dusty floors to give me something to do.

Instead of a super-fine-point paint brush and some gray water colors, I use the Clone Stamp in Photoshop.

I spent half the day today, it seemed, trying to get the perfect shot of my box of effects that I carried out of my old cubicle for the last time, so I could post it on Penalty Killing today. I finally got a shot I liked, but I still had to spend another half-hour cleaning up the floor.

Here’s the original picture:

In case you can’t tell how dirty the floor is, here are some closeups:

And here’s the final version. The clean version:

It’s a sickness, I know. In the post, you can probably hardly tell, but when I’m looking at the photo in full, 15-megapixel size, I can’t see anything but the marks on the floor.

Besides, dust-spotting is relaxing.

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    • Pookie
    • January 21st, 2010

    Oh my lands, that floor is SO DIRTY! I can’t stop staring at all those GIANT dirtbits! :PPPPPP

    • Schnookie
    • January 21st, 2010

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! You know what the best part of reading this post was for me? The screen on my laptop is so filthy, I was like, “Wow! Patty’s floor is wretched! Oh wait — it’s moving when I’m scrolling down… Oh. That’s my screen.”

  1. Y’all are so funny. Making fun of my sickness. Nice. :P

  2. I actually took some way worse ones, but I swept a little and took some more, THEN fixed it in Photoshop.

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