For my final blog post I would like to compare my first Photoshop edit:
to my most recent photoshop edit:
I believe that I have made an insane amount of progress over the past couple months. I am very proud of where my editing abilities have taken me, and how much improvement I have made. I hope that my adventure to improve myself and expand my knowledge has been inspiring to those who also want to make improvements in their own lives.
This year I have competed in three separate photography competitions. In April I went to Saskatoon and placed 13th out of 30 for photography in the Saskatchewan Provincial Skills Competition. My name is listed on their website as shown below:
I also entered the Regina High School Black and White contest and placed fourth in the “Nature” category.
Lastly, I entered the Finding Callista contest, however, there are no results yet.
This week I created my own tutorial. I used an old blurry image of myself and my goal was to find a use for it. I accomplished this goal, in fact, this is my new favourite image that I have created.
I started with this image of myself taken in the school photography studio:
Using the quick selection tool I cut myself out of this picture and put it over top of an image of newspaper. Using a paint brush tool with low opacity I painted over the news paper to add a rustic and worn out effect. I then added an image of old paper on top of the newspaper to make it stand out. Here are the two images that I used:
Lastly I erased part of my head and added a black and white filter to certain parts of my face. I used the filter gallery to make my face appear as a water painting. I then messed around with my levels, curves and saturation to achieve the perfect effect. This was my end result:
There are many programs that I like to use to edit my photography. I will provide a list of photography apps that I like to use in order to edit pictures.
Photoshop – $20/month
Picsart – Free on Android and Apple
Photoshop – Free Version
Prisma – Free on Android and Apple
There are many more applications that assist in photo editing, but these ones are very user friendly and provide endless possibilities. Of course my favourite software is Photoshop, however, it costs $20/month which is $240 a year. Photoshop is not necessary because you can still produce amazing images with a free software!
For this image I used my own ideas and creativity to edit it. Although the changes I made to my image are very subtle, I feel like it adds a very strong tone to my image. I also changed the contrast on my picture so that the dark parts were more harsh and the water is more vibrant.
If you would like to achieve this look follow these steps:
Step One: Bring your photo into Photoshop
Step Two: Duplicate your layer by pressing ctrl + J (Or if on a Mac use Cmd + J) then hide the original image layer by clicking the eye icon beside the layer.
Step Three: On the image copy layer use the patch tool to outline the person or object that you would like to add this effect to, then simply drag the selected area to an empty space. This will make the selected object disappear.
Step Four: Make the original layer visible by clicking the square beside the layer to make the eye icon re appear.
Step Five: Use the eraser tool to erase half of your subject.
Step Six: Lastly select a one of the following brushes, match the colour to your original object, and then use the brush to create a pixelating effect.
As I am approaching my halfway point of blogging, I am starting to learn many things about myself.
- I have explored why photography and Photoshop are my passions.
- I am able to see the progress I have made. In the beginning I was following tutorials and slowly I started to incorporate my own ideas into the tutorials I followed. Now I am able to think of a way to edit the picture, and not need a tutorial to achieve my goal.
- I am now starting to be inspired by other people and their work. An example of this would be the blog lensaddiction. This is the link to their blog: https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/404689 I highly recommend looking at it. I have been inspired by many of their photographs and even tempted to try some of them or edit my pictures in Photoshop to get a similar result. My favourite post of theirs is the “Dark Moody Food Photography” because it was accomplished using the different camera adjustments and lighting, however, I want to try achieving it using Photoshop instead.
I am proud to see the progress I have made throughout these few weeks of blogging. I have been to competitions for my photography, and I am able to essentially create my own Photoshop tutorials for others to use.
Photography is something I have always enjoyed. It is very difficult to be passionate about something when other people tend not to be very supportive of it. Photography is not accepted by the arts as being an art, however, it takes tons of skill to not only capture a moment, but to crop it, edit it, and transform the picture completely using editing softwares. There are many technological aspects that need to be understood in order to be an effective photographer. A few of these aspects are: aperture, shutter speed, iso, exposer, etc. I can go into further detail about these in the future, however, this is just an idea of the aspects that need to be understood.
Although there is not much support with having a passion such as photography, I have been luckily blessed with a family that has always supported me with my interests, whether that be basketball, softball, piano, or photography. My step mom, Karina, started her own photography business a while ago, and when I was little I would help her set up her studio and watch her in awe.