Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Change the shutter speed and aperture in Photoshop for creative effects
Here’s my original image. I like it, but I also like the feeling of movement that was added to the opening image. Using a flash and rear-curtain sync might have produced a similar effect: an image with both blurred and sharp subjects. In fact, I was originally going to title this column: Simulating The Rear-Curtain Sync Effect.
Check out the apparent shallow depth of field in the image. The soldier looking at me appears to be the only subject in the scene that’s in sharp focus, giving the impression that I took the picture with a long telephoto lens set at a wide aperture. I photographed these soldiers in front of the Forbidden City in Beijing.
Here’s my original shot. Again, I like it, but I also liked playing around with blurring part of the image to make the soldier stand out in the scene.
Okay, it’s your turn. Check out some of your own still images and see how applying a bit ’o blur can change the feel of an image—and make working in the digital darkroom more fun!
RICK SAMMON leads photo tours around the world. Visit with Rick at www.ricksammon.com.
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