Here’s a simple way, using Photoshop, to make your images pop. And you’ll learn a bit about using the colour mode Lab (L=Lightness, a=Channel a, b=Channel b).
It’s hard to show the difference, in a post, between the two photos above. To properly see the effect, click first on one photo above and then on the other. Both images should open as Tabs in your browser. Simple click back and forth between the two to see the difference.
Let me describe the process.
Open your image in Photoshop. You are going to duplicate the image (not the layer). You do this by selecting Image>Duplicate, checking the box which says Duplicate Merged Layers Only (it will be greyed out if there is only one layer), and accepting the suggested name for the image file (the original name with the word copy appended). This will result in a new image file being created.
Make sure that the new file is selected and then Image>Mode>Lab Color.
Now highlight your original image file/tab. Create a new blank layer (select + at the bottom of the layers panel). Again, go up to Image>Apply Image, but make sure that the Source is the copy image, select b as the Channel, the Layer is Background, the Blend Mode is Multiply at 100%. Select OK.
Finally change the blend mode of the new layer to either Overlay or, if the effect is too much, to Soft Light. To see the effect, toggle the visibility of the new layer off and on. Note that you can also change the Opacity of the new layer.
You can now delete the image you created by duplicating.
If you look in the Members Area – Helpful Information For Members you’ll see that a new document has been added. It’s by Julianne Kost and, in ten pages(!), it lists all the keyboard shortcuts for ACR 2020.
Note that the multiple exposures are just a series of single shots for each of which you move the camera just a little bit. Got a barn nearby, or an old shed, or any subject. You’ll be amazed at what will come out at the end. Go on, have some fun!
Thanks to Sharon Jensen for discovering this blog post.
Latona and the Lycian Peasants – Jan Brueghel c.1605
Do you use textures or overlays in your photo editing? If so, you might be interested to know that Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum allows you to download and edit images any of thousands of objects (paintings, sculptures, drawings, furniture, clothing …).
And once you’ve downloaded the image, you can select parts of it to use in your editing.
Detail: Latona and the Lycian Peasants – Jan Brueghel c.1605
If you want a real challenge, how about showing a framed version of a famous work hanging on the wall of a room you’ve photographed.
Or do something like this (recognize the background?).
Is your camera smart enough to automatically adjust for the move from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time? It is worth checking.
Look into the menu system and find the time setting entries. There should be a mention of Daylight Saving Time. If so, check whether a simple On/Off setting is used; if so you’ll probably have to switch its setting on Sunday so that the time stamp on your photographs is correct (although you should check your camera’s user manual just to be sure).
Yesterday a number of BLPG members were at the Opening Ceremonies of Art Crawl 2019 at the Parkside Art Gallery in 100 Mile House.
The Gallery itself is well worth a visit, of course, but after the ceremony we visited a number of the 25 businesses in 100 Mile House which are displaying the works of some of the 26 local artists taking part in Art Crawl 2019.
We dropped in at four of the venues: Regency Chrysler where photographic works by Monika Patterson are on show; Cariboo Floor Design featuring beautiful and interesting creations by Barb McClusky; More Than Wood Art Gallery which has pieces by many artists; and Sunshine Ford which contains many pieces created by the South Cariboo Weavers, Spinners & Fibre Artists Guild.
Then it was off to the Stemete7uw’i Friendship Centre for a bowl of delicious venison stew and bannock, accompanied by a welcome dance performed by a pair of traditionally dressed dancers one of whom was the cutest three(?) year old you’ll ever see (she danced to her own beat)!
I definitely recommend you take advantage of this unique event, lasting just until July 1. Oh, by the way, each venue has a free raffle for a basket of goodies! And also, of course, don’t forget to drop into Cariboo Geographic Services to see our BLPG photographic display.