Life Thru the Lens 4:52 ... Being True to Yourself
Last week I chatted about using comparison as a tool rather than an obstacle that paralyzes you. In that post, I shared that I love the Kinfolk look and even tried my hand at reproducing the look. I really detested what I created. Matter of fact, it took a ton of courage for me to post those images because I knew they were not stellar. So, I thought it would be fun to show you the image with my editing style.
Because I edited this image in "my style" it was so much more fun to create. It's obvious I went a little artsy with this composition and used a little photo manipulation to bring out some fun aspects of the shot. The process was a joy, and that is what art should bring to your life; Joy, not the heartache comparison and intimidation.
So... how'd I do it???
I edited my image in Lightroom, with basic edits: contrast, highlights, whites and blacks, opened up the shadows, and bumped the saturation a bit. By the way this image is a panoramic composed of 5 shots total.
I brought the image into Photoshop and clean it up a bit.
- I cloned out the tree branches and the road in the bottom right of the photo.
- Then I created a duplicate copy of the image and flipped it horizontally, and painted off everything but the lower right hand corner.
- I added a Greater Than Gatsby (GTG) filter, from the Three Nails Collection, called Cosmic Love. I always tweak these filters to my liking, adjusting the opacity, turning off different layers, or even changing the overall color of a gradient.
- Some may ask why use a filter if I know what I am are doing in Photoshop? I say, why not! I do know how to create these filters, but why not support other great artists by using their products. Also, it makes my editing process so much quicker.
- The key here is not to rely on Filters and Presets to accomplish the "look" you are working towards. I do think it is vitally important to learn both Lightroom, and Photoshop, that way you can tweak Actions and Presets to your taste.
- This is where the fun comes in. I added a sunflare just over the peak of the mountain.
- Tip 1... When creating a realistic look in photoshop it is key to really study the photo for light, light castings, and tones. I put this sunflare right where the sun was in the shot, so it works naturally. However, if I would have place it above the mountain, but the sun was to my back, then the eye would naturally feel something is off in the shot.
- Tip 2... Do not drop an effect, like a sunflare, into a composition and expect it to work without further editing. I tweaked this flare by skewing it and adjusting the overall dimensions. I also blended it, and brushed off areas to make it more realistic. I then duplicated it and extended the rays of the sun.
- Tip 3... If you'll look above to the capture of my layers panel in Photoshop, you'll notice I grouped the sunflare together once I was done creating it. I do this to any part of an image I want to keep together. It makes future alignments, and adjustments, much easier. Select each Layer, right click and choose Group From Layers, then follow the dialogue box.
To me this is the most vital step in a composition, and is often why a piece you are viewing doesn't quite feel cohesive. I always do some sort of adjustment to my entire piece to bringing unity to the piece, usually in the form of GTG Filter, but not always. Sometimes, I'll put a texture over it, or I'll make a levels or curves adjustment. This time I did choose Lemonhead from the Innocence II collection in GTG.
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