There is much interest in my Supergirl photos from San Diego Comic-Con 2010. I published the heavily cropped version of the pic above yesterday. Today, I did some quick editing so that the full-body image could be seen—again, because of the interest.

Before the edit, two legs stuck out between Supergirl’s legs; someone was walking behind when I snapped the pic. I used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 to clone the carpet and inexpertly cover those extra appendages. Look along Supergirl’s right thigh (her right; your left) to see the patching area of carpet.

To the right of Supergirl in the background, a man sits eating, while a woman pushes on her knees, butt up with underwear exposed. I blurred both people, not that it proved all that effective obscuring technique. For this edit, I cropped odd dimension to remove them.

In choosing an image to publish, I felt compelled to crop the original to remove the unwanted background distractions. But the photo had more of a story to tell; the choppily edited original is a lesson about what photographers should consider when processing pics.

Perhaps had I a copy of Adobe Photoshop, I would have used the tools to salvage the full-body shot of Supergirl rather than heavily cropping the original for publication.

Editor’s Note: This post was moved to from on Sept. 28, 2010.