AOP part 31: Removing Drama
In most images we are looking to add impact, our standard tools for this will be saturation and contrast. We can give things a tilt, boost local area contrast and add sharpening.
But sometimes you want to reduce the drama, remove the dynamic elements of the shot.
In this case the only discordant - and hence dramatic point - is the foot reaching below the box and breaking the implicit frame - a technique called "breaking the frame".
Firstly I have reduced the saturation of the image, so it still has some colour to it, but very limited. That has instantly removed some of the colour contrast in the image of course.
Further, I have reduced the lighting contrast, mostly by bringing up the darker tones to a more mid-tone range.
These two actions have significantly reduced the dynamic of the picture overall, so the little drama of the foot reaching out becomes more significant.
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