27 October 2011

Before and After Photoshop

Let's start with "after" since I'm proud of it. If you've been following my weekly Life of Art posts, you know I've been picking up tidbits of Photoshop for ages, but in the past few months I've spent a lot more time learning the program.

I read all of Photoshop CS5: The Missing Manual and attended several Creative Live workshops on the program. Check out Photoshop CS5 Intensive with Lesa Snider, Dramatic Post-Production with David Nightingale, and Beyond Photography with Doug Landreth for great practical information as well as creative inspiration. Knowing what's possible makes a huge difference in how you view post-production.

If you would care to be amazed, visit David Nightingale's blog, Chromasia. It's a new favorite of mine. Just below the bottom right corner of each image is a link called "show the original." Hover your mouse over that to see how far he took the image in post. Flat lighting has never seemed so promising.

I'm excited to see how I can make my photography better with all I've learned.

This week, I made this...
Red Dianthus With Raindrops

from this:

I used a number of layers to make adjustments to pieces of the image instead of the whole thing. Perhaps most importantly, I asked myself, "Wouldn't it be cool if...?" while looking at my photograph. Thank you for that, David Nightingale!

If you like my "after" version, you can check out the complete collection of Red Dianthus With Raindrops products in my Rocklawn Arts shop.

A year ago on TTaT: Observations in my parents' kitchen

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