Good morning from a warmer Hastings day. We were almost springlike yesterday. I wonder how long this barmy weather will last until winter rears it’s cold head again.
Anyway it is week 4 of this challenge hosted by Robyn at Captivate Me. This is where we get to edit a photo over 4 weeks. For me it is a great change to learn new editing skills. Anyway last Sunday I sat in the sun working on this final edit. This was started last month but I could finish it due to health issues.
For my final week’s version I just played around in Photoshop and then in Photoscape. Don’t ask me what I did. I just let the creative juices flow. I do know I used some of the preset filters in Photoshop before going over to Photoscape where I played around with their preset filters too. Then I imported it into Lightroom and converted to black and white.
I quite like this affect. It is like an optical illusion now. My son, who is dyslexic looked at it and couldn’t see the face. What do you see?
Week 2 for the month of June has come around so fast for this great challenge hosted by Robyn at Captivate Me. This is where we take one photo and see how we can edit our photos. It is a great way of learning new skills with all our various photo editing software.
So for this week I played around with the exposure sliders in Lightroom. I adjusted the whites, blacks and shadows. Then I cropped it and added a slight vignette. I think the statue now stands out from the background now.
Compare this with last week’s version. Let me know what you think.
A new month and a new image to work on for Robyn’s challenge at Captivate Me. This is where we take a photo and edit it each week to see what we can come up with. It is also a chance to learn new techniques as well with Photoshop and other photo editing programmes.
My image this month was taken last Friday at Cornwall Park. For this first week I played around with the exposure, tweaking the clarity, sharpness and colour cast slightly.
So it will be fun to see how this will end up. Any ideas and constructive criticism is welcome.
Disk Drive: Hybrid 1TB SATA (5400rpm) + 8G SSD cache
Optical Drive: DVD-RW
Display: 17.3″ Full HD with LED Backlit Display (1920 x 1080)
Having a son who knows about computers helps a lot. So I got a $2000 computer for half the cost. So I am a happy chappy. It is a bigger screen as well which helps. When I came to editing in Lightroom I got a better response from the sliders. And Photoshop works like a dream. What is also new for me is that the keyboard lights up too. And it is lovely to type with, compared to what I was using.
So onto my One Four post this week. I cropped the image more closely to the branch and then just used the preset filter – pastel strokes and did a HDR edit as well through photoshop.
Then for something different. As everyone knows I have been going to an acrylic painting class. We have a competition on at the moment run by the Fruitgrowers Association here in the Hawke’s Bay. So I am entering it with these two paintings. I decided to combine my photography and painting. I edited the photo with Photoshop to get a brush stroke affect. I then printed the image onto a special paper which I then ironed onto the canvas. Because the canvas has an uneven surface ti didn’t quite come out as well as I wanted. Then I just painted the apples. We had to showcase our fruit. No grapes or anything to do with our wine industry was not allowed.
I don’t know where the time goes. It is time for week 2 of May’s photo for Robyn’s challenge over at Captivate Me.
I have only done a simple edit this week. I have a Dummies guide to Photoshop CC so was doing some reading about selecting colours. So with this knowledge I deleted the background and added a new sky with clouds. I do think it brings out the apples a bit more.
Tell me what you think about this week. I am open to some constructive criticism. I would love some advice on what to do next, just for me to learn new techniques.
Robyn from Captivate Me has started of a new month of her One Four Challenge. This is great for us who love editing to get a photo and edit it a different way each week.
So for May I am going for a autumn theme. The apple trees are or were fully loaded down with apples. For my first edit I adjusted the exposure and clarity. It was underexposed and it was hard to pick out the leaves clearly.
For more information here is Robyn’s blog to check out.
I had some successes over the past few months that I have participated in this challenge:
But this last image was a big failure. It was taken during the golden hour in the evening but it was a bit windy which meant that the shutter speed wasn’t enough to really freeze it. I gave up in the 4th week as I was having major problems with my computer. So this week I backed up all my photos to an external hard drive and deleted a lot of photos. This really did lighten the load for my poor computer. Which also meant it didn’t mind me using Photoshop again.
So after spending several hours on this final image I came up with this.
I ended up using one of the preset filters – a sketch filter to outline the thistles and played around with layers. I did go and find some free textured papers for the grunge look.
So what have I learnt with this. You do need to have a good image to start with. I think my most successful month was the dandelion image. That did have a lot more potential. I found with this last month the black and white edit seemed to be the end of the road. Which is why for this last edit I just went a bit abstract.
Let me know what you think of my first real edit with Photoshop CC.
I have managed to do these tags but they were just basically background papers, stamps and text boxes. Plus I played around a bit with text styles.