Try this software solution for a jolt of creative inspiration
Above, Left This is one of my favorite shots from Carnevale. I like the mysterious look of the participants. However, I wanted to make the photograph look even more mysterious. Above, Right Compare my Midnight filter image to my straight image. Which one looks more creative—and mysterious—to you?
PHOTOTOOLS from onOne Software (www.ononesoftware.com) includes the Davis Wow Tint-Muted Blue+Lite Edges effect. By using it, I was able to create an interesting effect, removing the true colors of the image and subduing them with a cool blue tone, reminiscent of darkroom toning. Dozens of effects are available in this feature-packed plug-in, including before-and-after views and fine-tuning of many of the filters.
The next time you feel a creative block with your photography, try using a plug-in-and plug some creativity into your thinking cap. You can find more plug-ins at www.pcphotomag.com or by doing a web search: Photoshop plug-ins.
Rick Sammon has published 27 books. In 2008, he'll publish three more books: Face to Face-The Art of Photographing People; Exploring the Light-How to Make the Very Best In-Camera Image; and Rick Sammon's Pocket Guide for Taking Travel and Nature Pictures. Each year Sammon teaches dozens of workshops and gives seminars, covering shooting, scanning, saving, enhancing, sharing and printing. Visit his website for more information, www.ricksammon.com.