In post processing creative work, however, you have virtually unlimited options of what you can do.
My interest in this realm started by accident. My first “creative” photo was a night shot I took of Kennebunkport Harbor in Maine. In post processing I changed the sky to daylight and left the harbor and boats in night time. It was so subtle that NO ONE saw what I did.
I did take to the idea however. My first real success was the modification of a photo of a artist’s studio in Asheville, NC. This was a three story building, with a stairway on the side. See original and changes.
I do not always know if I want to change a photo, but, often shots like this one, or stairs, walls and chairs are photos I take with a creative idea in mind, thought I do not necessarily know exactly what.
One concept for creative post processing is to see what you can ADD or REMOVE from a photo to make it unique.
In this case I saw the dark spot vaguely near the center of the photo and decided to ADD something there (I am a great fan of PS Paste Into). I tried a car, but it was too small. I tried a coffee cup, a mirror and lightning bolt. As I said before, I am not always aware of exactly what would please my eye.
Speaking of eyes . . . that seemed to work for me.
A bit more involved was my NY Times Square Toast
I started with a so so photo of Times Square, NY.
I reworked the basic photo to be a bit more appealing.
Changed the sky
Added color and saturation
Put in a cutout of a glass of wine
Duplicated that glass to a new layer and rotated it 45 degrees
Played with opacity of the rotated wine glass
And arrived at the following.
Sometimes, creativity is just a matter of changing the look and feel of a photo.
Below is a NYC Skyline, with the Brooklyn Bridge, from Brooklyn Park
For this photo I tried several options, all of which I liked.