Sometimes it is great to have a little fun when post processing an image. I spotted this doll at a museum in Rochester and instantly saw the potential. There is something very creepy about Victorian dolls – why anyone would have given this to their child is beyond me. Imagine waking up in the darkness as a child to find her staring at you from the gloom!
To be honest she didn’t look all that bad as shot so I used post processing in Lightroom 5 and Color Efex Pro to create the doll from hell!
Here is what the doll looked like out of camera with no post processing:
She looked altogether too nice so the first thing I did was to use the Highlights tool to bring out the detail in the image – slid this completely to the left
Although this made her a little less appealing it still wasn’t quite the effect I was looking for so I decided to roll out the big guns and develop the image in Color Efex Pro. This is part of a suite of post processing software that is available from Nik and can be used as a plug in for Lightroom 5. I selected the preset called ‘Dark Contrasts’ and the processed image now looked like this – a lot closer to the effect I was looking for but still not quite there!
I saved the image into Lightroom 5 and then increased the contrast to darken the background and used the highlights tool to dirty the image somewhat but it was still lacking that creepy look so I decided to concentrate on the eyes for the final touch. I selected the colour adjustment tool in Lightroom 5 and used the hue setting and luminance tool to make the eyes a whole lot brighter before selectively darkening the right eye to add a little more weirdness.
Overall this only took about 5 minutes to do – the final image seems to be hated universally so I think it was a success! Try not to have any nightmares tonight…