For me the last few years have been spent learning new techniques and enhancing my process workflows. I firmly believe in photography, as in life, that the time we stop learning is the time to give in. I enjoy looking at the work of other photographers, analysing their work and looking at ways to apply those techniques in my work but in a way that I hope is unique rather than a simple copy.
Today’s image was taken on my recent trip to Cornwall. The original file was off course RAW and colour, I opened it in Lightroom and applied a high contrast filter in NIK Silver Effex, but felt it was slightly lacking. I saved and re opened in Photoshop, still could not quite get what I wanted before again dipping into Silver Effex and applying the Fine Art filter with a few tweaks. The final image was brought back into Photoshop, a few minor tweaks made to blur the edges a little and then I decided to stop. It’s easy to keep making tweaks until you have gone to far, I find it much harder to stop before this point but by having an idea in mind before processing I find it is easier to control the urge to tweak.
- Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4 (shop.oreilly.com)
- Why is workflow so important? (gearslutz.com)
- Art photography: When ‘reality isn’t good enough’ (cnn.com)
- Alien Skin Software Photo Bundle collection for Photoshop (08.2012) + Keygen—PMS (extratorrent.com)
- Photomatix HDR Workflow (chrisdmrf.wordpress.com)