Thursday, 8 July 2010

Take Three: Take Two!

Thanks so much for your helpful comments on yesterday's photos, here and on the class forum :-) A lot of you mentioned things that I was thinking myself, and several of you gave me new things to think about too - a good combination!

Today I opened up one of the shots in Photoshop Elements and tried out a few things based on some of your feedback. First, here's the original:

One thing that got mentioned was the high level of shadow. I found a way to play with that in PSE - this will be something to explore further, but here's what I did in just a few seconds:

Then I looked at converting to black and white. I've never done this within PSE before so I hadn't realised that there are different versions of the effect! Here's 'infrared effect':

This is 'newspaper':

Here's 'portrait':

This one's 'scenic landscape':

Then we have 'urban/snapshot':

And finally, 'vivid landscape':

And someone suggested trying to keep the colour of the lemon but change the rest to black and white - I was pleased to be able to work out fairly quickly how I might do that!

So once again, thanks for all your input - I've learnt a lot about PSE just from this brief play with effects, and you've given me lots to think about as I keep working on my photography skills :-)

Today's prompt is a scrapping one! No time to scrap today but I look forward to getting a few photos onto pages tomorrow. Hoping to have a layout or two to share with you then x


Maria Ontiveros said...

What an amazing autodidact you are!
I don't own PSE and all the computer stuff scares me. I love the B&W with yellow lemon.

scrappyjacky said...

That first picture has so much more clarity once you've played with the shadows.
For anyone who hasn't got PSE, you can do quite a lot of editing in the free GIMP software.

Denise said...

I'm very impressed at your Photoshop skills,I really MUST learn it -great stuff x

Rachel said...

Good job with these photos. I love the one with just a lemmonin colour. I'm thinking about having the 30day trial for PSE and seeing if I like it.

Anonymous said...

What an interesting post. I love the B&W with the yellow lemon.

Amy said...

Mel, the last effect is a standout!

Anesha said...

Love what you did with the photo, especially the last one.

Sian said...

No PSE here (yet) either, I'm very impressed with what you can do.

Rachel B said...

Great pics Mel, the last one is my fav.