After so many years of taking and processing “traditional” photographs, I decided to expand my creative side and signed up for an “unconventional” photography class at a local community college near me. The class is designed to sharpen your photography skills and combine images artistically through photo manipulation. The professor displayed a number of creative photographs that were the result of combining two or more different photographs. Window frames became works of art, and portraits were fashioned into painted illustrations. It awakened me to a whole new photographing/editing adventure!
Part of class last night was to take abstract photographs inside the campus. Below is a closeup of part of a waterfall taken with a slow shutter speed inside the entrance of the building my class was in. I liked the way it turned out and decided to try my hand at combining two photos. I had taken a photo of a white pelican on a lake a couple of years ago. Given the white edge at the top of the waterfall photo, I thought these two photographs might blend well. Both photos where processed separately then processed again when combined. I used two Apps, Snapseed® and Painnt®. Then finished it off with Photoshop Elements® and NIK®. I am quite sure this can be done using just Photoshop. I haven’t mastered it enough so I improvised with what I know well. If you haven’t tried this yet, I would highly recommend it. It has awakened a whole new energy within and expanded my parameters on what to photograph!
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
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.
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.