Dodging and Burning

After recently attending a meetup where dodging and burning were explained, as well as ways to do it during post processing, I finally decided to give it a shot.  How did I do?

Without getting to technical, I “burned” the rust, by making it darker and bring out the details.  I “dodged” the bricks to make them brighter and to bring out the detail of the rust even more.  Wikipedia can explain this stuff better than I can, truthfully.

Dodging and burning refers to the the ways back in the days of film when photographers would manually do this to their exposures.  Now, we have programs that do this for us, through layers and paints brushes, and actions.

 How I did this, was have a 50 percent opacity gray layer where I used a white brush for burning and a black brush for dodging ( I think I have that right.  Correct me if I’m wrong, please.), and I colored each over the areas I wanted the proper effect from.  Not to hard!  Ah, I should mention that I am using Photoshop Elements 12.

I should really post the original here for comparison.  I do like this photo.

Edit:  Here is the original for comparison.  I can see the difference!

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