My model's pose didn't turn out exactly as I would have liked it. Is there something I can do in post to alter her position?
Yes, but you have to go to Photoshop to do it. Puppet Warp is a fantastic feature in Photoshop that can help you re-adjust the fin position of a model (among other things) after the fact.
O.K., O.K. - It's cheating. I know. Using this technique may tarnish your image if you're a documentary photographer.
But if you're not from the school of straight-out-of-the-camera reality, put on a helmet and get in the game, because the Puppet Warp feature in Photoshop is completely amazing and a ton of fun. Adjusting a model's pose using Puppet Warp is an intermediate to advanced technique, but don't freak out if you're just a beginner. Watch the video and try it for yourself. Trial and error is one of the best ways to learn!
As much as I'm fanatical about Lightroom, there are times when the edit I want to make is simply out of Lightroom's league, and this is one example. Puppet Warp is an intuitive and responsive tool that's most effective when it can utilize the muscle of a few other very cool features in Photoshop, all which are worth learning on their own. Topics include using the Lasso Tool, putting a selection in its own layer, Content Aware Fill, Smart Objects and Smart Filters, the Puppet Warp Tool, the Healing Brush, and layer masking.
(Runtime: 12 minutes, 49 seconds)
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Topic Time Codes
00:40 Opening an image from Lightroom into Photoshop
01:13 Making a selection with the Lasso Tool
01:35 Subtracting from a selection
01:41 Adding to a Selection
02:22 Putting a selection in its own layer
02:33 Toggling layer visibility
02:42 Creating a selection based on pixels in a layer
03:15 Content Aware Fill
04:05 Creating a Smart Object for Smart Filters
04:24 Puppet Warp
08:30 Adding a Layer Mask
09:51 Smart Filter Mask
10:43 The Healing Brush
11:58 Editing the Puppet Warp Smart Filter
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