Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Two ways to creatively alter what the camera captured
John Lennon gave us an all-so-true quote: "Reality leaves a lot to the imagination." In photography, imagination is the key to a creative image. Removing a bit of the reality sometimes can result in a more artistic and creative image. In this column, I'll share with you a simple technique for removing reality using Photoshop.
Increasing contrast also can reduce details in an image. After increasing the contrast (Image > Adjustment > Brightness/Contrast) in my image, I applied the Diffuse Glow filter.
This is my original shot. It's not bad, but the image with some of the reality removed looks much more artistic.
Example 2: Here's an image I call "Green Eyed Lady." It's a dummy album cover I created just for fun. The process, which creates a very high-key image, is easy to do.
Here's my original image.
Next, adjust the Levels so the picture has few midtones. Start with the Highlight slider (the tiny triangle on the right). Basically, you want a black-and-white image. Note the difference in the position of the sliders in the "before" and "after" shots. I moved the Highlight and Grayscale slider (middle slider) to the left and the Shadow slider to the right.
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