Really Good Photo & Art Collections https://abelsoncreative.com So Much Still To Do Mon, 16 Nov 2020 05:06:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 https://abelsoncreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/cropped-Eye-See-You-32x32.jpg Really Good Photo & Art Collections https://abelsoncreative.com 32 32 Texture, 6 Refreshing Ideas https://abelsoncreative.com/texture-6-refreshing-ideas/ https://abelsoncreative.com/texture-6-refreshing-ideas/#respond Sat, 17 Oct 2020 09:30:48 +0000 https://abelsoncreative.com/?p=850 Still Life

I have just recently starting to update and present my still life photos.

Below is one I took for a class, of oranges.

For this photo I took a texture from a collection I bought called Mystical Lights

I put the texture on top, adjusted the opacity and did some blending.

Texture

 

 

A Few Refreshing Ideas To Liven Up Your Photos

To add a texture to a photo just copy and paste the texture on to the photo. You may need to rescale.  You may also want to change positions so the texture is behind the photo.  Then, with blending see PS example, you can bring our different looks.

In Photoshop, with two or more layers, click on Normal to see the blending options.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYC Skyline

NYC From The Brooklyn Bridge. I like this photo. The sky and lightning make it pop.

 

 

 

 

 

In order to give it a somewhat different look I add texture

  • added a stock texture which was yellow streaks with black background
    • you can  download many textures, for free, from multiple locations
    • if you want to create your own, you  could start with photos of things like stained glass,  grass and shadows or textured surfaces like side walks and walls.  Bring them into your photo editor and blend, blur and merge to the desired effect.  More ideas  here.
  • removed the black
  • tried the texture in front of and behind photo
  • faded the yellow to 45%
  • changed the blend to lighten
Refreshing Textures
Now it has a look of something moving, quickly from the the lower left to the top right, or the reverse. Maybe lights of some kind?

 

 

 

 

Action

At the beginning of this bicycle race, all the riders did two easy loops through the town.

For this one I decided to actually use an action (Abstract2) to give the photo a wow look.

Technically not a texture, but you always have license to innovate.

 

   Colorado Pro Tour

texture refreshing ideas
Colorado Pro Tour

Some other ideas:

More Light Rays

 

Bokeh Dots In Back Of Boat

 

Water Droplets In Front Of Object

 

Texture In Background

 

Two boys in Nepal. For shots where the background is neutral or uninteresting, replacing the background with a texture is an option.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As an extension, see my post on creative photography

Glenn Abelson Comments Welcome Below

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3 Superb Custom Sky Programs https://abelsoncreative.com/2-superb-custom-sky-programs/ https://abelsoncreative.com/2-superb-custom-sky-programs/#respond Wed, 23 Sep 2020 06:59:29 +0000 https://abelsoncreative.com/?p=913 Adding A Custom Sky Will Change An Okay Photogrpah Into A Superb Photograph

For years I would enhance my photos by changing the sky, in Photoshop or Gimp.
As part of that process, however, I needed to bring the sky tones/colors into the landscape itself, and, perhaps, additionally re adjust parts of the non sky landscape.  
Changing a dull gray landscape with a beautiful sunset sky, does not work if the rest of the photo reflects the dull gray day.

Recently, however, I have started using two different programs to get the above effects with more ease and quicker.

They are Luminar 4, by Skylum  and Landscape Pro, (jump to Landscape Pro writeup) by Anthrophics.  They both produce superb results, but differently.  Recently,  Photoshop CC added Sky Replacement under Edit. I am not reviewing it at this time, but it seems to be a nice feature.

Luminar 4 

(by Skylum) can work as its own full bore photo editing program.  It  works from both Lightroom and Photoshop, as well.  For the purposes of this post, however, I am only dealing with some specific features.

Under its Creative Icon is an option to change the sky.  Within that option you have control sliders to move the sky around and to re light the photo from the sky.  There are other sliders as well, but these are key ones.

The program has a short but decent list of replaceable skies.  You can buy more, or select your own.
I prefer to use my own sky shots.  The program will open the folder of your choice,  but does not actually show the sky in photo format.
For this I use Adobe Bridge to see the sky I want, and then load it in Luminar 4.

The great thing about this option is that it will paint the sky, in the right places for you.
If the sky is too complicated, however,  perhaps with too many trees and buildings, the sky replacement option will be blocked out..

Luminar 4 has dozens of post processing features, some standard like contrast, blacks and whites and some other esoteric ones like Sunrays and Mystical.  It can run as a stand alone program.  For the purpose of this post, however, I am only discussing sky replacement.  

This one feature, however, enables me to quickly change a boring sky in to a superb sky with adjusted lighting for the rest of the photograph.

I made two versions of the above photo using Sky Replacement, some CA repair in PS and fine tuning in LR.

Here is the photo I loaded of the California coast.

In Luminar 4, select the second option (creative), AI Sky Replacement and Sky Selection.

Then select Sky Selection, which will give you some skies, and you can buy more. I use my own skies, however. I keep the actual image open in Adobe Bridge, as Luminar 4 will just provide file names.

 

California Coast

Same photo, different sky.

Landscape Pro

While Luminar 4 is a full scale photo editing package with some nifty features, Landscape Pro’s sole function is to make your photograph as drop dead gorgeous as possible.  Despite the title (landscape), I will also use the software for other types of photographs.

In Landscape Pro you can easily fine tune individual aspects of your photo.  See Add & Edit Areas in the graphic beloe.

Most of my Buildings US gallery took advantage of  Landscape Pro

This software works stand alone or from Photoshop.  When working from PS, be sure to work on a duplicate copy, so you do not lose your original.

Let’s start with the photo below.

NYC Skyline from Central Park South

 

 

 

The initial screen asks you to select up to 18 items to label in your photo. You drag the various labels into your photo and Landscape Pro will attempt to paint in everything when you press continue. There are multiple tools available to fine tune things like trees or other objects in part of the sky.

 

 

Once you Continue you then have a list of all the possible parts of your photo that you wish to work on.

 

Within each object you will have a list of presets and sliders. This is the sky sliders. While the software offers dozens of skies, I can use the Replace With to pick my own. I can also change the atmosphere and the cloud colors along with everything else you see.

At the very end of it all is the Lighting option.  This lets you adjust the light source for the photo.

The results:

Superb

 

Glenn Abelson

Comments always welcome, below.

 

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And the few that do will get glassy eyed in two or three minutes . . . or . . .

30  Outstanding Vacation Photos

Also, which few people will care much about, but those who will be impressed.

The proof is from a single email (at bottom)*.  I got from a fellow traveler when my wife and I went to Iceland.  As is the custom, everyone exchanges emails, and no one ever uses them, except me.

I do not have many vacation photos on this website, even though I have traveled the world,   because it takes so much time to get it right.

What I do have,  is hundreds of photos from each trip.  If I decide to post them on this website for someone to see,  I want them to be impressed.

So, here are the rules I follow:

  1. No more than 30 – 40  photos, which translates to two to three minutes of viewing, if on a slide show with 3.5 to 4.5 seconds between slides.
  2. Have an automatic slide option if possible.
  3. No more than one or two shots of you or you and your significant other.  That shot MUST have a really great background.
  4. The photos need to show all the places you went on your trip.  They can be balanced or not, depending on how important the stop was.  Keep shots of markets, foods and cutesy schtick to a minimum.
  5. Try to identify as many of the photos as you can, by location or some other noteworthy comment.
  6. Each photo, in post processing (unless you are that good getting perfect lighting, contrast, etc. in the camera) needs to be treated as the only photo everyone will see.  Expect to spend several hours, even at five minutes or less, on a photo, to get the look you want.
  7. If you help with photo composition check out this site.

YOU ARE NOT GOING TO POST SNAPSHOTS.  YOU ARE GOING TO PRESENT PHOTOGRAPHS

That being said, there are photos that may  or may not be snapshots.  Use your judgement.  However,  photos like the ones below, should be limited to one:

While this one could go either way.

Sulfur Springs…a real place and scenic. It is not a phenomenal photograph, but it was a fun part of the trip.  Include some of these.

More photographs like this one, however, will give the viewer a far better idea of of the really great things you have seen.

Outstanding Vacation Photos

This is an HDR shot.  It took me about 20 minutes to finish to my satisfaction.

The above are all from my Iceland Trip in 2019.

The Iceland trip photos are her

The single email * came from a woman on our Iceland Trip.  We all share names and emails and then forget about them, except me.  Once I finish the photos and post them online I send and email to everyone.  What I got back was: “Glenn, we you on the same trip as us?  Your photos are terrific.  I am not even going to post mine.  I am going to send people to your site.  Thanks.”

Glenn Abelson

Comments welcome, below.

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3 Sensational Ideas For Landscape Photography https://abelsoncreative.com/3-sensational-ideas-for-landscape-photography/ https://abelsoncreative.com/3-sensational-ideas-for-landscape-photography/#respond Sat, 15 Aug 2020 23:10:36 +0000 https://abelson.com/?p=689 There Are Many Ideas, Sensational Or Not.  Here Are 3 Of Mine.

I am by no means a landscape genius.  Over time I have developed a few ideas that allow me to get the most out of my photographs.

Those ideas are:

  1. Shooting HDR (high dynamic range) is often advantageous.
  2. Understanding the value of selective visibility yields terrific results.
  3. You are allowed to rework your photo to make it more appealing.

Shooting HDR is often advantageous.

Also see my post specifically on basic HDR.

Not to repeat my previous post, but to emphasize, when you shoot the same landscape with three or more exposures, you will capture more shadow and more light spots.

Light backgrounds will not be washed out.

Objects in front of light backgrounds will not be hidden in shadows.

Yes, you can adjust a single shot by under or over exposing to suit, and that certainly requires less work.

Once you create an HDR image, post processing, however, you will notice the results.

While top end software like Photomatix and Aurora HDR allow you to create all sorts of custom, creative or artistic outputs, more often than not I opt for one of the basic photo realistic end results.  I can still tweak that in the HDR software or in Lightrooom.

The photo below is a single shot of Mt. Everest, with some cropping, in the late afternoon. I tried to bring out the best of in Lightroom.

The second photo is the same shot from three different exposures, then combined into one HDR.  More of the colors and deeper colors are evident.

Mt. Everest

Mr. Everest, HDR Photo Realistic

 

Understanding the value of selective visibility yields terrific results.

Sometimes you want to capture the entire scene,  fully understanding that the camera will never capture what your eye can see.

Sometimes, however, the better shot is just a piece of the beautiful scene.  Sure you could crop the photo post processing, like my Mt. Everest.

If you are standing there anyway, after you take the wide shot,  look to see if a narrower view may be even more eye catching.  Then you will get full resolution on both photos.

Yeah, sometimes I miss that opportunity and need to crop, post processing.  With today’s cameras and post processing software, however, there need not be any significant loss of resolution.

Below is a cropped version of Mt. Everest.

Below that are two photos of Six Mile Slough in Ft. Meyers, Florida.  Point made.

Sensational

Six Mile Slough, Ft. Meyers, Florida

Finally,  I have never been a fan of “the photo you take in then camera needs to be the final version.”  

My approach has always been,  “If I can make the photo more appealing, more creative, better looking or something enhanced solely for my own enjoyment, I will.”

To that end, here is my enhanced version of Mt. Everest.  How did I get to this?  Oh my, pick from your favorite software options and you will surely find:  Photoshop, Lightroom, Gimp (free), Topaz Labs, ON1, Skylum,  Landscape Pro, etc.

Glenn Abelson

Comments are welcome, below

Another Blog On Landscape

Setting The Scene For Landscape  Photography

 

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4 Creative Photography Ideas https://abelsoncreative.com/4-creative-photography-ideas/ https://abelsoncreative.com/4-creative-photography-ideas/#respond Sat, 01 Aug 2020 23:22:36 +0000 https://abelson.com/?p=373 Simple Alluring Post Processing Creative Photography

Creative is what YOU call creative, not what someone else does.
Your result could be a simple change,  something utterly strange or merely alluring.

You may have seen my previous post  5 Intriquing Creative  In Camera Photography Ideas – With Detailed Photos.

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.

Artist Studio, Ashland, NC

Sky Door #1. Removed building and old sky. Added rust to stairs. Put in new sky. There is now several variations with different skies.

 

 

 

One concept for creative post   processing is to see what you   can ADD or REMOVE from a   photo to make it unique.

Fall leaves on the ground.

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.

an eye through autumn leaves alluring
Saturated fall leaves with an eye dropped in from one of my facial photos.

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

Then I 

  • 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.

strange
Says It All

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

Simple
NYC Skyline

For this photo I tried several options, all of which I liked. 

 

The first was B&W and Blue.  This kind of change is simple in LR, PS or any graphic editor that allows you to de saturate by color.

Creative Photography
Then I tried a sunset look.  While this can be done in PS, it is easier in Luminar.  However, for extended control I used Landscape PRO 3.

Another sunset look, but with different shading.

Finally, a stormy night, with some hot air balloons thrown in to make it weird.

Glenn Abelson

Comments welcome, below

In Camera Creative Post

30 Minute Creative Presentation (pdf download)

More Creative Idea Here

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The Good, The Bad & The Spoiler x 5 https://abelsoncreative.com/the-good-the-bad-the-spoiler-x-5/ https://abelsoncreative.com/the-good-the-bad-the-spoiler-x-5/#respond Mon, 13 Jul 2020 21:33:45 +0000 https://abelson.com/?p=776 Or – the Joys (Good),  Frustrations (Bad) & Bumps (Spoiler) You Encounter As A Photographer

I usually carefully plan my photo shoots, be it a NYC Street Life walk, a casual hike or a set of vacation photos.

Sometimes, however,  things go bump in the night.  Below are five such bumps.   Some have happened to me,  some have happened to acquaintances of mine.

  • Good:  You find the fantastic shot that you did not expect to see
  • Bad: You left your “real” camera at home, because, you did not expect to see this shot
  • Spoiler: You do take the photo with your cell phone, but you forever know it will be a compromise.

 

  • Good: The scene is right and the light is great.
  • Bad: You really want about 20 minutes to explore and shoot to get the perfect photo.
  • Spoiler: Your significant other is giving you serious fish eye.

The Good
NYC Skyline – Incredible Light

  • Good: You come home with a treasure trove of great photos.
  • Bad: On a bright blue sky day you realize you left your warming filter on.
  • Spoiler: You do what you can, post processing, but there are limits.

 

  • Good: You submit your photo for competition and win!
  • Bad: You can no longer find it in you catalogue/collection.
  • Spoiler: You can only show it digitally with a resized thumbnail

The Regret
Roman Forum, Italy. Original is missing.

  • Good: You buy a brand new camera that almost takes the photos for you.
  • Bad: You need 200 hours of course work to figure out how to use the various functions.
  • Spoiler: You just cannot deal with the Bad so:
    • You continue to shoot on Program or Automatic.
    • You need to carry a cheat sheet which means every photo takes several times as long to shot
    • You learn as much as you can

So, we have all been one of the above, or some other situation that plays games with our hard work.  Life is like that.  I do try not to get too bent, because I realize that there is never a final perfect shot.  There are always more.

Glenn Abelson 

Comments welcome, below

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12 Candid Photographs- A Single Expression https://abelsoncreative.com/12-candid-photographs-a-single-expression/ https://abelsoncreative.com/12-candid-photographs-a-single-expression/#respond Wed, 08 Jul 2020 19:18:25 +0000 https://abelson.com/?p=696 How I Take Candid Photographs

I do take lots of candid photos of people, no posing, no smiling for the camera.

I like to catch people in whatever mood they are in at the moment.

I do not, necessarily, care if I include facial expression, though that is a bonus.  Sometimes the body language speaks for itself.

To do this, I cannot ask them for permission to take their photo, as it would change their expression.

Working from generally accepted guidelines, that, if it is in a public space where privacy is not expected,  I have been able to get some interesting expressions.

1. DISCONNECTED.  Shot at NY Botanic Gardens, this couple each seem off in their own world, at least for the moment.

 


2. JOY.  These two boys, in Peru, were having a great time greeting the tourists and posing for photos.


3. SADNESS.  On the other hand, this mother, with an infant in her arms, is truly unhappy.

4. CURIOSITY & HAPPINESSS.  These two boys, on the back of a truck, in India have very clear expressions, as I snap their photos while the tour bus passes.

Single Expression
Moscow, Russia

5. ANGER.  On the tour bus driving through Moscow,  Russia.  He was not happy.

Peterholf Castle, St. Petersburgh, Russia

6. JOY. This is my wife, on a really hot tour day in St. Petersburgh. She decided to cool off. Her move seemed to inspire many other tourists to snap a photo, albeit from the wrong angle.

 

Delhi, India

7. STRESSED. Or working or tired. Obviously the load this worker in India was transporting was too heavy to climb the slightest incline pedaling the bicycle.

 

Sleeping, Thailand

8. RELAXED. Little boy napping in Golden Triangle area of Thailand.


9. CONCENTRATION. Serious Mahjong outside of Peking, China.  Even the onlooker seems well into the play.
 

10. CONCENTRATION. My daughter in 1980. She was quite intent on seeing what she could do with that flashlight.
 

Single Expression
Ben Abelson 1982

10a. CONCENTRATION #2. My son in 1982. He too was all involved with the possibilities of a truck on a bench.
 

11. WATCH ME. A boy doing flips off the boardwalk in Laguna Beach, California.

More of my people shots here.

How to take candid people photographs

   The Photo Argus, post
40 Splendid Examples of Candid Photography
March 22, 2018, Stephanie Kay-Kok

Glenn Abelson
Comments welcome, below.

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HDR 101 Such An Incredible Idea https://abelsoncreative.com/guilt-free-hdr-101-through-301/ https://abelsoncreative.com/guilt-free-hdr-101-through-301/#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2020 00:38:15 +0000 https://abelson.com/?p=405 Incredible  HDR

When to shoot for HDR:

When you are shooting – mostly landscape – and you have significant or extreme lighting differences between the foreground, middle ground and background.  If you are like me, however, almost always when shooting landscape.

The technical explanation:

High-dynamic-range imaging is a high dynamic range technique used in imaging and films to reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity than what is possible with standard digital imaging or photographic techniques. Standard techniques allow differentiation only within a certain range of brightness. Wikipedia

The K.I.S.S. explanation:

When you take a single shot photo, the camera needs to consider things like a light background and dark foreground, such as a bright sky background when you take a photo of a darker object in the foreground.  The opposite could be true as well.  With a single shot, it is not always possible get the true view of what your eyes can see.  You can certainly do adjustments in a photo editor, but it is simpler and more realistic to use HDR.

While this is key in landscape photography, it could, also apply to other types of photography as well.

How do you use HDR:

Most DSLR cameras allow you to s setting called “Bracket”.  Sometimes it is only up to  three shots.  On higher end cameras you can take five or more bracketed shots.   For a three shot HDR landscape you may turn on bracketing and set your camera to shoot 1 shot at normal exposure, 1 shot under exposed and 1 shot over exposed.   You would then combine these shots into one, single photograph in Lightroom, Photomatix, Aurora HDR or any other program for HDR.

It is extremely important to not move the camera for each successive shot.  While a good HDR program will try to align the three (or five or more) photos, there are limitations.

What I do is set my camera to take three shots, automatically, with one press of the shutter.   If possible I rest my elbows on a solid surface.  Ideally, I would use a tripod and remote shutter release, but that is not always practical.

Time for an example:

This is a single shot I took in Death Valley. I also used Lightroom to increase some saturation, highlights and contrast.

simple hdr a grand idea
This is the result of combining three shots, one 3 stops under exposed, one 3 stops over exposed and one with the correct exposure.

I did, however, actually take three shots, the above, the normal exposure, plus two more, one under exposed and one over exposed.

I then used Photomatix to create a Realistic HDR photo (there are dozens of realistic, artistic and other types of settings in the better HDR programs).

All my landscape photos are HDR.

With people and movement, it is almost impossible to take multiple shots with the person in the exact same position and stance.

For situations like these, when I have washed out background,  I load the single shot into Lightroom and make two virtual copies.  One virtual copy I under expose and one I over expose.

Good HRD programs will also do this for you, automatically.  Just export the one shot to your HDR program. Creating the virtual copies gives me a better look for each exposure and the ability to micor adjust.

I then create an HDR image from the image below.

More detailed discussion about HDR for nature photography

Glenn Abelson

Comments are welcome, below.

This is a cropped shot of a surfer. the water is pretty washed out.

hdr 101 grand idea
This is the HDR result after I created two virtual copies, one under exposed and one over exposed, and merged.

 

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Effortless B&W With 2 or 4 Color Photography https://abelsoncreative.com/effortless-bw-with-2-or-4-color-photography/ https://abelsoncreative.com/effortless-bw-with-2-or-4-color-photography/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 23:20:31 +0000 https://abelson.com/?p=369 B&W, 2 Color Conversions Can Be Effortless

Well, maybe not completely effortless, but if its not worth the effort . . .

I know many of my peers are into B&W photography.  While I do some,  it never really drove my interest.  I much prefer the challenge of two color.

The considerations are:

  • does the photo lend itself to B&W in some portions, such as landscapes
  • which is the color(s) I want to keep
  • how do I present the B&W (high contrast, sepia tone, selenium tone, dark and light sections, etc.)

I did all this work in Lightroom (works with any version), though you could also do it in Photoshop if you want to create layers and have multiple versions of the photo in a single file.

I took this photo of a woman clamming on Cape Cod

Clamming Cape Code, MA
This photo lent itself to some color experimentation since the ground and water were black and white already.

In Lightroom Develop, under Saturation, it was pretty simple to desaturate all the colors except yellow, then work with general tools like contrast, blacks and whites to get this look:

Clamming, Cape Cod MA , effortless 2 color
Desaturated everything but yellow.

I then had a thought about possibly adding the blue back in, for a slightly different look.

Seems to work well either way.

Clamming, Cape Cod MA. B&W, Blue and Yellow
Left in blue and yellow

With this shot, I first tried desaturating the red, orange, yellow and magenta from the flowers, but did not like that look. I desaturated the sky instead.

Tulips, Looking Up
Photo taken from below the tulips into the sky.  Nice creative shot, in of itself.

 

Sort of a colorful/bleak photo!

Here is a beach shot I took in Florida
There are a lot of colors to work with here, so I did not even try for black and one color. Instead, I came up with two different options. All this was done in Lightroom.

surfboards and sailboats
Somewhere on one of the peninsulas in Florida

Florida beach

Left a lot of orange, yellow, red and blue (for the flag).

I do not always have a plan for a particular photo.  I do find it hard to use B&W with color in landscapes.  It is certainly do able, but I do find those images difficult.

From what you see here, I tend to work with photos that have objects like clothing, flowers, boats,  etc.  Still lifes also lend themselves to this kind of work.

florida surf boards on beach
Changed the background tone

Glenn

Comments welcome below

Also see:

Good Step By Step Short Video

5 Intriguing In Camera Creative Photography Ideas With Detailed Photos

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Let There Be Light, When The Light Isn’t Right https://abelsoncreative.com/let-there-be-light-when-the-light-isnt-right/ https://abelsoncreative.com/let-there-be-light-when-the-light-isnt-right/#respond Tue, 19 May 2020 10:30:16 +0000 http://s652219625.onlinehome.us/abelson2020/?p=141 Sometimes The Light Isn’t Right

For the majority of my life I lived in NYC metro area and for the times I now visit,  if I was not going to the theater, I carried my camera.

A city is a wonderful place to collect photos, and I have several thousand photos of people, buildings, streets and artifacts in NYC.  In other situations,  particularly if  I have my telephoto lens handy,  I will shoot people and street scenes.

Over several trips,  I walked into unexpected situations, regarding light.

In the photo below,  my wife was at MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) with a friend.  After and hour or so,  I was done with the museum so I went out on a photo shot.  I met Susan later and we started walking toward our car,  and i saw the a street shot that spoke to me.
I said:  “I need this shot.”
She said: “Doesn’t look that interesting.”
I said: ” I have and idea for it.”  I am not sure why I said that, as my wife was right,  it was not that interesting a shot, in of itself.  I do not even remember having a specific idea,  just a vague feeling that I would enjoy working with this.
She said: “Should I go for a cup of coffee?”  She never knows how long I will be.  Sometimes Susan will say,  “I’ll wait, take your time.”  That really means,  “You have five minutes.”
In this particular situation, I had the shot I wanted in two minutes.  Walking back to the car, however, I wondered if perhaps I missed some angles.  Anyway, I brought it  home and loaded it up.

the light isn't right

Sometimes I see a shot, where the light is blah, but I have an idea in my head.   Above is some street in NYC shot at 1/160 f6.3, 28mm, iso 100.

The first thing I do, whenever, I modify a photo is make a duplicate layer.  (While some things can be done with layer masks, I am just more comfortable with duplicate layers).   I also rename each layer and rarely merge layers, even when finished.  The photo above is the same PS .psd and the one below.  I just turned some layers off and Saved As.  

More and more I find it simpler to get the results I want with add ons like Topaz Adjust & Restyle or other programs of that ilk.  For this photo, I used a program called Landscape Pro 3 (landscape example is below).  It is from a U.K. company called Anthropics.  Here is the photo.  What I did to achieve this look is below the photo.

Sometimes you can make the light perfect! All within Landscape Pro you can:

  • map the sky, buildings, road, cars, etc.
  • replace the sky with one of theirs, or one of your own
  • use a slider to drag as much as the sky coloration into the photo as you want
  • change or leave the cloud and atmosphere colors
  • use presets and/or sliders for each object, like buildings
  • direct where the light source will be

An example of work done on a landscape in Joshua Tree Park before and after:

Joshua Tree Park
Actually a nice photo, but no real pop

Joshua Tree Park
The new sky really adds pop. I only made slight adjustments to the other parts of the photo.

The results here were outstanding.  The only downside is, once you save, you cannot re edit, you need to start over, if you are less than satisfied.

Okay, all this can be done in Photoshop directly.  Much of it can also be done in Lightroom and other photo editors as well as many other add on programs from Topaz Labs, ON1 and Mysticalgen.   My goal, however, is always to get the results I want as simply as possible.

Glenn

Building of NYC – Good Light

Also see my Photostream on Flickr Unsplash

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