Photography – Creating a Mood

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Venice Before

Before and After – This photo was taken in Venice, Italy on the Grand Canal. Challenged once again in this week’s class assignment – to create a dark, moody image. My tendency has always been to use my go to standard workflow adjustments; highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, clarity…..I was quite surprised by how motivating and challenging it was to go for a different look. My big learning in this assignment was the discovery of the power and different effects you can achieve by using the Curves tool.

Photography – Still Life

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 “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”             F/4.5; 1/25 sec; ISO 3200; 24mm

This week’s class assignment was still life photography. This is my first attempt of 5 photos we need to compose. It is new and a real challenge for me. I put a black cloth under a piece of glass on a small round table and set the brushes up. The wall behind the table was a blueish green. Then I side lit the setting which created the reflection and all types of shadows. The image was processed in raw: shadows, highlights, whites, blacks, brightening, sharpening, and a little clarity. In Luminar® I then added a subtle sunlight effect near the brushes and then did a little split toning.

Travel Photography – Olympia-Greece

Olympia, Greece

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I had the opportunity to visit Olympia in the springtime during my trip to Greece where the ancient olympic games originated and were held. The trees were just blossoming and the sky was overcast which brought the ruins to life.

Photo Editing: How to manipulate color to create a focal point – Snapseed

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In looking over trip photos, the original image taken in Venice has a great memory attached it. But the composition screams of chaos: strong competing colors; multiple lines from buildings, windows, street reflections…. It is soooo busy that your eye keeps looking for a place to rest. Through manipulation of color by using a filter overlay, I was able to change the mood to reflect the rainy day, while adding a subtle focal point.

Below is the recipe for brushing in color using the Retrolux filter. Watch Video. Note: this brushed-in color technique can also be duplicated using tools provided in other photo editing software/apps. To see a demonstration: WATCH VIDEO

Manipulate Color Recipe

Snapseed – add an effect to image background

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After many years of traditional photo editing, sometimes I just want to get a little creative in processing my images and achieve a different look. In Snapseed® there are a variety of Looks and Tools to achieve many different effects.

In processing the two photos above, the editing Tools and adjustment/brush settings used are the same. As you can see, the outcome is very different. The bird image is much more subdued while the dog image contrast is much stronger. The beauty of Snapseed edits is that they can be changed at any time during the editing process by fine tuning the edit adjustments or by brushing out the adjustment in different strengths or all together in select areas.

Workflow Processing steps to achieve this effect are shown below. To see a demonstration: WATCH VIDEO.

Background effect

Snapseed Video – Photo Editing with Looks

After many years of exclusively using computer software to edit my photographs, I have decided I am moving to mobile for all of my photo editing for the next 6 months.

Being a long-term Adobe fan, Lightroom Mobile is an easy switch for me. But, to my surprise, I totally underestimated the powerful editing tools that the Snapseed® app has to offer.

As I explore and learn this app, which is somewhat new to me, I decided to make some simple, short demonstration videos to share these learnings along the way.

This first video covers the versatility of editing Snapseed’s presets called Looks. For those of you who are still learning and mastering photo editing tools starting with a Looks preset can be the way to go. Once you choose a Look, the App allows you to view and change all the editing adjustments made to your original photo. Additional Looks can be added and edited as well.

My first Moving2Mobile video is about the versatility of the Snapseed® presets called LOOKSTo Watch Video, click here.