Flower Photography – Just Go With It!

One can’t control the change in weather, but one can control the shoot! The day this photograph was taken started out sunny, warm with no breeze. Quickly it turned incredibly windy. I was all set to pack it in when I decided to just go with it! Knowing that the odds were very slim of capturing a completely sharp image, or any decent image for that matter. I set the shutter speed to 1/320 sec. to compensate for the flower’s movement by the wind. Then I watched the flower petals rise and sway, picked a focal point, and had some fun!

Mobile Photography & Editing

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre – San Francisco

This photo was taken with an Iphone 6 and processed with the mobile app Snapseed. The app allows you to mask, add layers through the double exposure tool and edit your photo with a variety tools that most computer software programs offer. It will also process RAW photos.

If you are looking to have some fun on the run, I would recommend taking the time to learn this app!

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

f/8; 1/125 sec; ISO 100

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