I'm still trying to see if this blogging thing is going to stick.
Always thinking and researching for an interesting topic, I thought I would continue on this path of sharing a little sneak peak of my world (note, I tried this last year as well).
I try to go out with my camera at least once a week. I like to shoot outside. I have a thing for natural light, a) it's free, b) it's really hard to duplicate inside and c) it's free. This of course limits my creativity to when the weather is nice.
I shoot a lot.
I figure it's the law of averages.
Something will certainly be worthy.
I dump all my photos into Lightroom and start processing from there.
I go through the photos I like, decide what I want to work on, and save the rest for later. My next step is to open up Adobe Photoshop and start working on the images I like.
I usually start at the image for awhile and decide where I want to go from here. What is the feeling I want to convey? What was it about this shot that I liked? Where do I see the finish? Actually that is way deeper than I ever get. I loved the contrast of the yellow on the red. I liked the point of view I chose and I thought I could really do some cool techniques to enhance this.
The first thing I did was remove the background and crop it in. I just want to focus on the flower.
I like to work in layers. I usually create multiple layers and import each layer in to different Topaz programs to create textures.
I have a "favorites" panel of all the techniques I like the most and try different ones until I get the look I want.
After putting everything back together in Photoshop, I play with the transparency levels of each layer. I make a few more adjustments, and...
decide where I'm going with it.
I think it's kind of fun on a clock. What about you?
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