Surf the internet enough, looking especially at photography related sites, and you’ll come up with all sorts of information. Some of it will be useful, some of it will remind that you already knew that but had pushed well down into the depths, and some of it will have you saying, “Wow, I am going to try that!”
Here are a few of my “Wow” variety:
How to make a double exposures by Miki Ross (http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/how-to-make-a-double-exposure/) is accompanied by a video which shows you exactly how to make artistic double exposures. It explains what the sensor sees when looking at light and dark and shows you how to exploit that knowledge to make fascinating and beautiful portraits amongst other subjects.
This piece of advice is something you’ll probably ignore (I didn’t because the advice is valid and also because it was Larry who pointed out this article to me). It’s also just one of the pointers in How To Be A Better Photographer: Camera Manual University (http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-be-a-better-photographer-camera-user-manual-university/). We all know how densely packed with incomprehensible information our camera manuals are – that is, until we need to know how to do something. Then we puzzle over the relevant section(s) of the manual, gradually figuring out the meaning (a process which reminds me of taking Chemistry in first year university – I never did figure anything more than the minimum required to pass the course, so I majored in Mathematics which was much more comprehensible). But if you start at the beginning of the manual and slowly work your way through it, you’ll find all sorts of neat things that your camera can do and, ultimately, you’ll be glad you made the effort (I promise!).
Circles and Spheres
Turn this into that:
Caution: This little trick is addictive! It comes from Larry Citra who learned it from someone else. It makes it downright simple to turn any image into an oval or circular beauty. Here’s the description from Larry:
Here’s some more of Larry’s examples:
And here are just a few of the many that I have made (gotta stop, gotta stop …):
Give it a try – I am sure you’ll also be captivated by the results.
By the way, some of mine are shown on a black background. Here’s the trick – bring the result from Photoshop (or Elements) back into Lightroom. Create a radial filter centered on the center of your image (assuming it is square). Make the filter the same size as your now circular image, keep the feather to zero, and select Invert Mask. Now you can pull down the Exposure on the background to make it black. Or, if you don’t want black, then play around with the White Balance and/or Tint. Also fiddle with the Saturation slider. The choices are almost infinite. Have fun but remember, I did warn you that this is addictive!
Digital Photography School: Cream of the Crop of Specialty Photography Genres in 2015
For my final example, let me point you to an excellent post by Darlene Hildebrandt (http://digital-photography-school.com/cream-of-the-crop-of-specialty-photography-genres-in-2015/) which lists some specialty genre articles, all of of which are worth a quick read:
That’s it for the moment. Happy playing….