Photography is one of the most powerful tools we have to preserve the past. As a Professional Photographer I am lucky because my job is to capture moments, emotions, and people in time while providing my clients with cherished memories that will last for generations to come.
I am also lucky because I am a Professional Photographer in the digital era where Photoshop can help me to create images that are pieces of artwork!
I know many will argue that Photoshop is a curse where individuals can ‘erase’ what makes them unique, however this isn’t the type of photo manipulation I am writing about today. While a small amount of ‘touching up’ is totally acceptable in portrait photography
-bye bye giant zit that magically popped up on the morning of Graduation photos-, I agree that too much of a good thing can actually hurt a photo more than help.
What I do want to talk about though is the MAGIC of Photoshop! I like to think of it as the photographer’s ‘paint palette’. There is SO much you can do with a little bit of creativity and Photoshop knowledge.
Here is an image that I took at a Photography Club trip to the Edmonton Alberta Aviation Museum. This is the SOOC (straight out of camera) photo followed by the final image after my Photoshop touches were added (a background, clouds, sun flare, and some overlays to give it that dreamy vintage feel):
This is another image from that same trip. This was taken in a studio we had rented:
Digital photo manipulation, when done for the right reasons, can be so much fun! Creating an alternate reality in Photoshop is like creating a piece of artwork, whether it is commissioned by a client or for a personal project (which as Professional Photographers we need to do to…but more on that in a another post).
Inspiration comes in many forms. For me, I often get my best ideas while listening to music (especially while driving for some reason). I also get inspiration from books, Pinterest, things my kids say or do, or even just looking at an image and seeing something there that wasn’t there before (cue the Beauty and the Beast song, lol).
Here is a photo that I took for a client. The final image wasn’t what I was imagining as I was photographing her, however when I brought it into Photoshop for post production I was hit with the idea of her floating on a cloud, with her dreamy gaze, and that is how the final image came to be!
Here is another image that wasn’t what I had imagined while taking the photos. When I was looking through all of the individual images, after the session, I thought about all of her different expressions and how they represent all of her emotions that she was feeling ‘Within‘:
As you can see from above you can do anything you want to in Photoshop! Your creativity is your only limit…well that and your Photoshop knowledge.
Do you want to learn how to create amazing pieces of art from your photos?
Do you have Adobe Photoshop CC?
Would you prefer to learn in person with an instructor rather than online?
Do you live in the Lloydminster, Alberta area?
If so, I now offer in person Adobe Photoshop classes!
If you are just starting out on your Photoshop journey or if you are looking to learn a specific method of digital editing you can contact me to learn more about the classes I will be offering: