4 | This close-up of an old Buick grill at Old Car City USA has impact due to the super-saturated color, which I added with the Spicify filter in Topaz Adjust. You can get a similar effect in Photoshop and Lightroom by boosting the saturation, contrast and sharpness. Exaggerating color, as did the late Thomas Kinkade, can often result in eye-catching images.
5 | Here's my original image. Kinda dull compared to the previous image.
6 | Yet another method for making a picture more artistic is to remove some of the reality from the scene, such as adding an effect that we don't see with our eyes. In the case of this Southeastern Railway Museum image, I added a soft blur to the edges of the image. And, yes, once again, a tighter crop improved the image.
7 | Here's the straight-out-of-the-camera photograph from which I made the previous shot. It's okay, but surely not as artistic as the end-result image.
Well, my friends, I hope these examples inspire you to envision the end result, which is part of the creative image-making process.
Our friend Rick Sammon has been writing for this magazine for more than 10 years. Visit with Rick at ricksammon.com to learn more about digital imaging.