The end of every semester brings about lots of joy for me. Mostly because it means I'll be able to binge watch all my favorite shows on Netflix with no regrets, but it also means another thing: grad photo sessions! However, this isn't a post to talk about how fun it is to take a splash in the Reflection Pond at the University Central Florida or avoiding a near-death experience from flying champagne corks. This is about something much simpler: editing.

As anyone who is interested in photography, one of the coolest things is to see the transformation of a photograph from its original form, into the finished intended product. Usually, you hear about photographers having to "hide" or take away some distractions, blemishes, acne, etc. to clean up a photo, but, what about having to add a missing gold letter to someone's graduation cap? 

For those that don't know, it's a tradition to go all-out decorating your grad cap with whatever your heart desires. I'll be graduating this semester, and I've already had thoughts of somehow incorporating a rowing boat with oars into mine. For one of my clients, Rachel, she wanted hers to be a spin off the famous song from Cinderella, "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo."

Unfortunately, tragedy struck when she realized that her cap seemed to have lost one of its sparkling letters, which posed two problems:

  1. Her cap now read "Bibbidi Obbidi Done," and
  2. How were we going to continue this shoot when one of the main props was practically ruined?

After closer inspection, and a quick internal audit of my Photoshop skills, I realized it would be a simple job to "copy and paste" one of the Bs from her cap in place of the missing one.

Our shoot went on as planned, and after some post-processing, the task of simply clone brushing one of the Bs to replace the other was a lot simpler than I imagined it would be. Luck was definitely on our sides, because had it been any other letter besides the ones already on the cap, we would have had a much different result.

"But did she ever fix her actual grad cap?!"

Well, I'll let this picture speak for itself...




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