August 16, 2011
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Creative Freedom
This evening’s post is two-part (I’ll explain the second part after my edits). First of all, you didn’t think I’d miss a week of Branson’s Edit Me Challenge, did you? This week’s SOOC shot is provided by Amber at Amber’s Articles. So far, I’ve seen some gorgeous edits, but I love a good challenge. Here’s her SOOC shot (left):

After seeing a few of the other edits for this week’s photo, I decided to take different turn (alright, so I’m completely aware that I take a different turn on every photo – it just seems to easy to run a clean edit). Actually, I wanted to do a circular edit…it just didn’t work out exactly as it did in my mind. For my first edit, I went through the following steps:

  • Straightened the image
  • Invert Layer, Hard Light Blending Mode, 100% Opacity
  • Threshold Layer (255 threshold), Soft Light Blending Mode, 28% Opacity
  • High Pass Filter, Soft Light Blending Mode, 80% Opacity
  • Gradient Map Layer (red/green), Soft Light Blending Mode, 48% Opacity
  • Blue Photo Filter (30% density), 56% Opacity
  • Brightness/Contrast Adjustment
  • Hue/Saturation Adjustment
  • Levels Adjustment
Amber Edit 2 blogWhat typically happens with my edits is that I save them as a .psd file and walk away. This allows me time to think and regroup. In some cases, I walk back and I like what I’ve done…save, complete. In other cases, such as today…I wasn’t completely satisfied. Here’s what I did for my second edit (submitted for judging):
  • Used straighten image from first edit
  • High Pass Filter, Soft Light Blending Mode, 100% Opacity
  • Duplicate High Pass Filter, Hard Light Blending Mode, 100% Opacity (just on the boats)
  • Background Duplicate, Difference Blending Mode 100%
  • Brightness/Contrast Adjustment
  • Invert Layer, Normal, 100% Opacity
  • Deep Red Photo Filter (25% density), 100% Opacity
  • 3 Layers of Texture (I failed to document the names)
With both edits, I used blog-it frames by The Album Cafe. So, what do you think? Do you like either…or neither? Amber Edit 1 blogAt the beginning of this post, I mentioned that there were two parts. Here’s the second part…

Yesterday, I received my first assignment for Kat’s Find Your Eye: Journey of Recognition class. You may remember that I recently took the first class in her Find Your Eye series a few weeks ago. One of the tools she uses in each class is a photojournal. This week’s prompt is to consider some of the rules or limitations we face as an artist.

I initially made a note to myself to discuss this prompt later in the week. However, as I worked through the Edit Me Challenge this evening, I found myself thinking about many of the rules that I often feel so restricted by as an artist. For example, I love a nice and clean processed image…I love natural processing that enhances the reality we see through our camera’s viewfinder. I equally love taking an image and digitally creating a work of art. I am inspired by photographer artists like Anika Toro and Katie Lloyd (amongst many others) who see the world as a giant canvas. Just as I swoon over a technically correct photograph, my heart leaps when I see a digital creation that stretches…even leaps out of the box.

Why do I even bring this up? I guess part of me gets a bit self-conscious when I put myself out there creatively. [By the way, I’m not necessarily talking about portrait work – I do think it’s a good idea to have some consistency if you’re working with clients…and you have to pay special attention to skin color, the red channel, etc. This is more about creative work.] Will they like my creation or will they just tell me to stick with my SOOC shot? I know all the rules: exposure, aperture, shutter speed, rule of thirds, focus, etc…but sometimes the rules are meant to be broken.

With all that said, I hope you are inspired and encouraged to bend…break…un-follow the rules. I can teach you all day long how to edit in Lightroom or Photoshop, but in the end, you should be proud of what YOU’VE done. That’s all.