Do you remember that post I did some time back on How A Different Perspective Can Change The Photo? Will I wanted to show you a few more photos of a particular subject matter, in this case the beautiful bird of paradise flower. This post is actually the third in the series discussing changing the way you approach your subject matter, the last two being buildings.
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that is so true. That’s why you can have two people looking at modern art in a gallery, one thinking it’s absolutely beautiful while the other person is thinking his 6 year old son could do better. The same applies to photography. A photo may appear stunning to some people while others are wondering what all the fuss is about.
I’m telling you this because there will be times when people will knock one of your photos, telling you it’s crap or something, but when that happens don’t take it personally. If they offer constructive criticism you may want to take it on board but if they’re just being negative just ignore them. The important thing is that you like the photo.
Take this photo of a couple of red Roma tomatoes. I’m sure that a lot of people won’t think too much of it, but I really like it.
I took this photo at season’s end because I liked the way the sunlight gave them an almost translucent effect. Even though a lot of the photo is out of focus, because of the shallow depth of field, you can still tell that the plants are on their final legs. These two were virtually the last fruits of the season. I also like the way the smoothness of the tomatoes contrast the roughness of the stake. I also like the way they seem to almost pop out of the photo.
Anyway, that’s how I feel about things. How about you guys, have you every had someone criticise your photo buy posted them anyway because you liked them?
There are times when you think you’ve taken a nice photo but once you view it on your computer it just doesn’t seem quite right, even after photo shopping it. Sure its good enough to put in the album but it’s just not good enough to put on the wall. Well, don’t despair, that is unless you don’t own a Apple MacBook Air MC505LL/A 11.6-Inch LaptopLaptop Computers). I bought one earlier this year and I love it, I even wrote a review on it called 11-Inch MacBook Air Review, but this post isn’t about a computer it’s about using it to make your photos truly unique.
Let’s take a look first at the original photo.
Now, what say we turn it into a famous painting, say one that Van Gogh would have painted.
Or perhaps one by Cezanne?
Then again we could always use Benson for some inspiration.
Then again we could always use more of an Aquarel water style to our photo.
I don’t know about you but I like the way I can turn this photo into virtual works of art. What’s that, you want to know how I did it? Well, like I said at the beginning of the post, all you need is a Mac computer and an app called AutoPainter Express. Just go to your App Store and type that into the search bar, and the best thing is it will only set you back $8.99. That’s what I love about the Mac, the apps are so realistically priced.
There is an app that gives you a whole lot of other different effects, like this one;
Oh, before I go, which picture is your favourite?
There may well be times, such as How To Change The Sky Using Photoshop Elements, when you want to manipulate the photo to give it something that it was previously lacking. I personally didn’t see the need for manipulating photos until I tried to submit photos to Dreamstime, a stock photo site that has great potential for earning the successful photographer money. My post Still Not Good Enough For DreamsTime showed just one example of how a photo can be enhanced.
Even so I reckon there may be many out there who still do not see the sense in manipulating photos preferring to leave them in their natural state. Truth be told there are probably many photos in your collection, or that you may take in future photo shoots, that could do with a little enhancement. This post is going to show you just one example of when this could be necessary. Let’s look at the original photo that I took while I was in LA.
Luckily for me I took my Lowepro Slingshot 200 All Weather Backpack on the trip which was indispensable for carrying all my photo equipment. While everybody was using their point and shoot cameras or their SLR which was equipped with a normal lens, I quickly swung my bag around and got out the telephoto lens. As you can see, due to the distance involved and the day itself, the photo came out a little washed out. Many would be happy with that accepting it for what it is. That may have been so pre digital times but these days you can do something about it.
This next photo is the one I enhanced using an older version of ACD Systems ACDCD70860WI Pro Photo Manager 3.0 Camera Software which sells for a little over $80. As you can see there is a marked improvement.
I then used PhotoShop Elements 8, the new version being Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 & Premiere Elements 9 (Win/Mac), and got the following result.
The first enhancement was done with one click of the mouse. The second one, using photoshop took three clicks but I personally think it gave a better result. What do you think?
One other thing, the problem with a lot of the software you get these days is that they usually don ‘t come with a manual which is why I recommend Photoshop Elements 9: The Missing Manual. If you want to see what I was up to while in the States you should check out Tips On Tipping & Other Things When In The USA and Back From L.A. With A Tip For Bloggers. While you’re at it you may want to subscribe so that you don’t miss out on any updates