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Blue Collage

I have been trying to go beyond just taking a photograph and do some creative things with them.  At the same time I am practicing my Photoshop skills and trying to expand them beyond the basics.

For this collage of images I went through all of my photos using the Adobe Bridge program and sorted images that were mainly blue into a new folder.  This was harder than I thought since I decided to avoid pictures that were blue because of the sky.  There were a lot of those, but I wanted the blue to come from the focus of the photo rather than the background.

Next I re-sized and cropped the photos so that they were each 2″ x 3″.  I started making them 3″ x 3″ squares but this distorted too many of them so the rectangles worked much better.

Finally I arranged the photographs on a new canvas.  It is not exactly expert level Photoshop work, but I was very happy with the result.

Now to find green photos…

After photographing the fireworks last week I decided to try some more night time photography.  South Mountain in Phoenix is known for its sunset and city lights views.  A short drive up to the 2600 foot summit gets you to a great lookout over the city perfect for photographing the sky and city below.

Sunset over Phoenix - seen from South Mountain

This was definitely a trial and error process for me as I am taking the camera off the auto mode and manually adjusting the settings.  For this shoot I played with shutter speed to see what I got and hopefully learn something in the process.  Ideally I should not be focusing on one setting in the “Exposure Triangle” and leaving the others to default, but I am trying one step at a time.

I got some fair pictures but better yet learned a few things in the process…

  • As with shooting fireworks timing is everything.  Lesson learned: get to the destination early enough (in this case before the sun starts setting) to stake out a good spot and get everything set up.  For photographing city lights twilight is ideal rather than when the sky is completely dark.
  • Tripod, tripod, tripod.  My camera has image stabilization built into the body.  But at slow shutter speed a tripod is critical.  A remote would have helped too.
  • Underexposure and overexposure are very easy to do.  If I had adjusted the aperture and ISO as well as the shutter speed I’m sure I could have improved exposure greatly.  Otherwise I need to experiment more to find a happy medium.  Or there are some Photoshop tricks to adjust this after the fact.  But I prefer to get it right without having to do too much editing.

Phoenix Skyline Phoenix Skyline - edited

Original Image             Corrected in PhotoShop

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These photos are the result of playing around with some Photoshop filters on the same fire hydrant photograph taken at Chandler Gilbert Community College.

Fire Hydrant - Original Version

Original Version

Fire Hydrant - Glowing Edges

Glowing Edges

Fire Hydrant - Cut Out

Cut Out

Fire Hydrant Neon Glow - Blue

Neon Glow - Blue

Fire Hydrant Neon Glow - Pink

Neon Glow - Pink

Fire Hydrant - Neon Glow - Green

Neon Glow - Green

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Since photos float around the Internet rather easily nowadays and many people consider it “free for the taking” if it is posted online, I thought this tutorial I ran across might be useful to share.  It requires some basic Photoshop skills but the how-to is well written and pretty easy to follow.

Batch Watermarking & Adding Copyright with Photoshop

I have taken one Photoshop class and do not use it too much on my photography other than to fix a few distortions or remove red eye.  But there is so much you can do with it and I like playing around in it.  Learning more about Photoshop and practicing on my photos is definately on my to-do list.

I stumbled upon this great site with Photoshop tutorials.   The one I am starting out with is 50 Great Photoshop Tutorials for Clever Beginners. It gives step-by-step tutorials on 50 different things you can do with Photoshop.  I will post the results as soon as I get some results that I am happy with.