This is from The Photographer’s Guide to Portraits by John Freeman. Working with the Pencil Tool, Alpha Channel and the Radial Blur Filter.
I’ve not worked with the Lynda.com tutorial learning Photoshop’s basic features. I get impatient to do something more tangible with the images I already have. Learning for me comes in fits. I settle down to learn slow and sure then explode into acts of spontaneous creation that sometimes leave me dissatisfied for being so undisciplined. I guess I’ll need to be more accepting of my energy cycle while still trying to mold and bend it when I can. This is from Scott Kelby’ Down & Dirty Tricks for Photoshop 6.
Over-the-top dodge but a nice lesson in using the tool to darken the background when it is not dark enough.
So, okay, I may have gone hog-crazy with the dodge and burn tool in the second photo but it’s, hey, an exciting learning exercise for me. I would have avoided all this work if I had taken the time to set a larger background for the pot of amazing lettuce. Instead I used a trifold pasteboard background that showed the folds since I had a wide-angle umbrella to filter the Lowel V light. The lettuce is from last fall’s planting. I nursed it on my south-facing window all winter and when I took it outside earlier this spring Ugly Duckling turned Swan!
I do a poor job mixing work with pleasure. The idea yesterday was to spend time outdoors. Shooting was an after thought. So I put the D7 on automatic and basically took snap shots. Occasionally a photo comes out of the blue, especially since Arron is such a good model. I keep saying this and may say it forever: plan each photo, manually adjust for exposure and depth. Okay, next time.
I took my Canon EOS 7D on a test drive today. Arron and I walked the backyard of the Indianapolis Art Museum and when we got hot checked out the air-conditioned exhibit halls half of which I had not seen since the renovation was completed last year. I started to take pictures and soon Arron was grabbing the camera and shooting, too. Before I knew it the 16 Gb card was full! 18 MB files quickly fill the CF card but we did shoot 616 photos. Here’s Arron sprinting down the wooded path above the canal that runs between the museum and the White River. The image is straight out of an André Techine movie! I reduced the size down to 15%, the resolution to 72 dpi. It is uncropped.
This is from Scott Kelby’s tip on instant collage using the gradient tool but I ended up not using the gradient tool. Instead I magic-lassoed Arron’s image from another photo and pasted it on a separate layer in Brittany’s photo. I feel guilty for skipping the step-by-step tutorial but finding it fun to finally start using the more powerful Photoshop tools!