Transform Ordinary to the Extraordinary

How much impact can we get from a photo that looked to be destined for the trash bin?

With a couple of well-placed editing techniques, these photos go from Ordinary to Extraordinary!

Let’s take a look at some of my favourite before and afters. As you look through these, have a think about how many extraordinary images you might have hidden among your old photos.

Example 1. Fair to say, not too many would complain if I hit the delete key on the below Raw file. Right, it’s a bit of a shocker.

Deluge before.jpg

With just a few contrast adjustments and some selective darkening and lightening, the photo below is now one of my favourites. Did you see that transformation coming?


Example 2.

Ok, I agree this one starts out with a little more potential, not much mind you. Still pretty Ordinary!

Boatshed before.jpg
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Example 3.

No colour, no worries. Sometimes the sky promises so much yet delivers very little. On this occasion, the sky was going off behind me, yet nothing at all in this direction. Not to worry –  a couple of minutes in Photoshop and we have a beautiful sunset!

Glen Helen new sky before.jpg
Glen Helen new sky after.jpg

How many mind-blowing photos are on your hard-drive, just waiting to be transformed???? Even worse, how many have already been deleted? Let’s not dwell on the past. Imagine how many incredible photos we can make in the future!!!

Feel free to email me at if you have any questions.

Take care,


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