After yesterday’s washout in attempting to get some new photo’s for this week’s blog, today we were washed out by rain. So there was nothing else left to do but spend a few hours at the computer exploring the power of Photoshop.
To be honest I’m not a Photoshop expert. My knowledge is actually quite basic. Normally I open and process my photos using Lightroom, sometimes using a Nicksoft plug-in like Viveza 2 for background editing. Basically I have never managed to get my head round Photoshop CS. I know it’s a powerful tool, but it’s just too complicated for me. So my use of Photoshop starts and stops at Elements. If Lightroom and Elements can’t do what I need to do I trash the photo. The fact is that any lousy shots will always be a lousy shots and no amount of Photoshop expertise can recover them.
Anyway, given today’s crappy weather I decided to play around with Photoshop to try and create a series of artsy fartsy postcard type photos that exploit the high key features of the software. Of course not every photo lends itself to this treatment, so the first step was to select a variety of shots that I thought would work. The results for a first play were quite pleasing and because there is nothing new to write about in the Blog this week this is what you get to see….John Smith’s high key Photoshop for Dummies experiment!
With all the above the idea was to wash out the colors, but not completely destroying them. The first photo I played with was this one below of a Brown Hooded Kingfisher. The result is almost that of a colored pencil drawing and I like it a lot. The subsequent ones above are what happens when you push the limits a bit more.
Next weekend we are heading out into the far western parts of Queensland to check out if the outback is everything everyone talks about. Rumor has it, that’s this is where the interesting Australian animals, lizards and birds live. It should be interesting. Let’s see!