52 Week Photo Challenge: Week 7 Time

time

When I have found the time, I have been working through a course on Photoshop from Creative Live. It has been a real eye opener and I have learned so many new techniques (remembering them is something else!) This picture was taken in a small village in France, a lovely little church with a very grand clock. To try and make it more interesting and generally just to practice and play about (!) I experimented with textures and blending modes to create this slightly darker, moodier version.

For the 52 Week Photo Challenge: Week 7 Time

One Photo Focus: August

As you may or may not know, Stacy Fischer from Visual Venturing hosts a monthly challenge, One Photo Focus. One person submits a photo and then everyone else gets to play around with it, the result being (hopefully) several very different versions of the same image.

This month’s image comes from Robin Kent at photographybykent a rather cool picture of the London Eye on the Thames.

OnePhotoFocus-August-katieprior
Image courtesy of Robin Kent

I wonder what this would look like at night?

Well, here is my attempt to turn day into night using Photoshop. I guess there is a power cut or maybe its just that I’ve not yet worked out how to turn black windows into ones with lights on! Perhaps I’ll have to look into that, any suggestions?

OnePhotoFocus-August-katieprior-2
Image courtesy of Robin Kent, edited by Katie Prior

You must go and see what everyone else has done with this picture at Stacy’s One Photo Focus, it’ll be interesting!

One Photo Focus: July

As you may or may not know, Stacy Fischer from Visual Venturing hosts a monthly challenge, One Photo Focus. One person submits a photo and then everyone else gets to play around with it, the result being several very different versions of the same image.

This months image comes courtesy of Bren from RyanPhotography Here it is after some Camera Raw adjustments.

July 2016 One Photo Focus_1
image courtesy of Bren from RyanPhotography

I wasn’t really sure what to do with this one, so after lots of dodging and burning (don’t you just love that phrase!) in Photoshop, I swapped the sky and altered the colour balance to try and match it.

July-2016-One-Photo-Focus#2
Image courtesy of Bren from RyanPhotography – edited by katieprior

To see the other edits, visit Stacy’s post at Visual Venturing.

One Photo Focus: June

As you may or may not know, Stacy Fischer from Visual Venturing hosts a monthly challenge, One Photo Focus. One person submits a photo and then everyone else gets to play around with it, the result being several very different versions of the same image.

This month we have this lovely picture of some boats on a river by David Croker of CADE Photographic

katieprior-onephotofocus-june-2
Image courtesy of CADE Photographic

This looks a great place to be, I can just imagine sitting in a pub garden overlooking this river on a warm summer evening with nice cold beer and some good company…watching the boats go past.

The reflections are gorgeous, especially the cloud top right. OPF is all about image manipulation, so I probably would’t normally do this but hmmm, I wonder what would it look like if I mirrored the image?

Image courtesy of CADE Photographic, editing by Katie Prior
Image courtesy of CADE Photographic, editing by Katie Prior

Now go and see what everyone else has done with this picture at Stacy’s One Photo Focus, it’ll be interesting!

After Before Friday | One Photo Focus : January

Well its that time again, the time when all of us taking part in the One Photo Focus group get to take a nice image and edit the heck out of it! This is also the first anniversary of One Photo Focus, so congratulations Stacy!

This month, our original image comes from the very talented Laura Macky.

KatiePrior-One PhotoFocus-January-before
Image courtesy of Laura Macky
I really wasn’t sure if I have the time to do the OPF this month, but when I saw Stacy’s reminder post and the gorgeous picture we had to work on, I couldn’t resist! Also I’d just read an article on Digital Photo School about creating a vintage look and thought it would work nicely with this image.

Briefly (ahem!) this is what I did, if you want to find more detailed instructions then click on the link and check out the DPS post.

  • In Photoshop I added a very slight Gaussian blur as the image seemed too sharp to be vintage!
  • Then using the gradient map I added an adjustment layer turning the image to black and white and then reduced the opacity to desaturate the colours, then added a further adjustment layer with a brown gradient map, also with the opacity reduced.
  • I added a couple of textures, masking out the areas that I didn’t want covered. then a vignette using the lasso tool and a curves layer (see the tutorial in the link if you want to know how to do this!).
  • Then I brought it back into Lightroom, increased the contrast and added a very slight post crop vignette.
  • Back in Lightroom, I noticed the bit of metal sticking out the side of the boat, so I took it back into Ps and cloned it out.

KatiePrior-One PhotoFocus-January
Image courtesy of Laura Macky, edited by Katie Prior
I’d love to know what you think!

Please don’t forget to check out the other edits of this image at our One Photo Focus group over at Visual Venturing.

After Before Friday | One Photo Focus : November

Well its that time again, the time when all of us taking part in the One Photo Focus group get to take a nice image and edit the heck out of it!

This month, our original image comes from Helen Chen and her HHC blog.

One Photo Focus November
Image courtesy of Helen Chen

Helen submits: The “Treehouse” is a cool fusion of nature and man-made stuctures literally interwined with one another. The Anping Treehouse is a large banyan tree that over the years has literally swallowed an old warehouse that once belonged to Tait & Co Merchant House.
….

After World War II, in the 1940’s, the warehouse was used for a short time by the Taiwan Salt Corporation but was soon abandoned afterwards. Once no longer in use, the banyan tree went to work and spread its branches and roots forming a spectacular scene for the next 70 years.

— from English in Taiwan

This is picture is so cool, I love the way it shows the house being swallowed by the tree as if nature is reclaiming what is rightfully hers. It has an old world, almost creepy feel to it. I wanted to concentrate on the doorway and the mystery of what might lie behind it.

In Lightroom, I cropped the image, altered the contrast and tone to my liking and converted to black and white. Then I added a bit of split toning to get the “old photo” look.

Katie Prior One Photo Focus November
Image courtesy of Helen Chen – first edit

I thought it just needed a bit more “oomph!” so I exported to Photoshop and then added a texture on top, which I then colourised. I liked the effect this gave the picture, especially around the door where it gives it a kind of ghostly, hazy look.

Katie Prior One Photo Focus November-2
Image courtesy of Helen Chen – Final edit

I’d love to know what you think!

Please don’t forget to check out the other edits of this image at our One Photo Focus group over at Visual Venturing.

After Before Friday|One Photo Focus: October

The One Photo Focus Forum is hosted by Stacy from Visual Venturing. Once a month, we all get to edit the same image, its great fun and if you’d like to join in, click on this link.

This month the One Photo Focus image is brought to us courtesy of Michelle Lunato of Michelle Lunato Photography. A scene of blissful idyll with the low sun glinting off the boats in the lake.

Here is Michelle’s Original Image…

KatiePrior-OnePhotoFocus-October-before
Image courtesy of Michelle Lunato

I love the way the light catches the water and wanted to focus in on that part of the image so I cropped it (quite severely!). Then I converted it to black and white in Lightroom and made some general adjustments to create a contrasty image. I then opened it up in Photoshop and created a frame by duplicating the layer, resizing it, adding a fill layer between them and reducing the opacity of this layer. Then to add more interest, I added a Hue/Saturation layer to the top image to create the blueish hue and changed the fill layer to an orangey colour. To make the layers “gel” together better, I added a layer mask to the top layer and painted through some of the orange colour.

Here is my final image…

Original image courtesy of Michelle Lunato, edit by Katie Prior
Original image courtesy of Michelle Lunato, edit by Katie Prior

I’d love to hear what you think and don’t forget to check out the other One Photo Focus edits on Visual Venturing. 

After Before Friday: Week 61 | Tea Towels and Balloons!

AfterBefore Friday Forum is a weekly get together for a bunch of photographers of all skills and abilities to share their processed images and the “magic” behind them. Now hosted by Benjamin Rowe from Aperture64 except for the first Friday each month when Stacy will host the One Photo Focus. Got it? If you want to join in the fun at AfterBeforeFriday, see this link.

Earlier this week I watched a video on “Creative Live”, one of their Photo Week series, about Monochrome Conversion. Hosted by Vincent Versace, he was talking about better ways to create a monochrome image. His point seemed to be that many methods of B&W conversion in Photoshop just get rid of the colour data, leaving you with much less information to make a decent monochrome image from. He showed us how to convert using hue/saturation adjustments. Although I understood exactly where he was coming from, I didn’t quite get how he was doing it, so today I found a step by step guide on MacLife (it refers to Photoshop, so could be used on Windows also) that showed me more simply.  Basically, you create a hue/saturation layer, taking the saturation down to -100 and underneath that create another H/S layer that enables you to adjust colours before they are desaturated.

Anyway, enough waffling on, here is my start image…

tea towels and balloons-before

Don’t get me wrong, I like this image in colour, but I thought it had a reasonable amount of contrast in it and also plenty of different colours to experiment with.

After basic Lightroom adjustments, I opened in Photoshop and created two hue/saturation layers, the first to adjust colours and the second to desaturate.

Screenshot 2015-09-23 13.26.22

The desaturated image seemed a little bland, so I brought the lightness in the blues down to the left to darken the sky and did some gentler alteration to the other colours to try to get the best tonal separation in the image.

Then I added a further H/S layer and changed the blending mode to soft light to increase the contrast.

Screenshot 2015-09-23 13.32.03

Then I added two further layers, one to give it some warm tones by colourising a H/S layer and finally a curves layer to bring out the white of the balloons and cloths.

Bringing me to my final image…

tea towels and balloons-3

I’d love to know your thoughts on this edit and also your views on this process.

For more After Before Friday images and edits, visit Ben at Aperture64.

After Before Friday|One Photo Focus: September

The After Before Friday Forum is hosted by Stacy from Visual Venturing, it features a twice monthly behind the scenes look at various editing processes. Featuring a gathering of photographers all keen to learn from each other, we post an image before and after editing.  If you want to find out more, or just visit and look at the images, click on this link

This month the One Photo Focus image is brought to us courtesy of Ben Rowe at Aperture64. Pendennis Castle, near Falmouth in Cornwall, was built by Henry VIII in the 1500s to defend the river Fal from the French and Spanish naval threat. This castle brings back happy, carefree memories of travelling round Cornwall in my late teens with my friend in her old banger!

Ben very kindly provided us with several images, so I used these to create a HDR image in Lightroom and gave it a crop and some basic adjustments. I wanted to export it to Photoshop and then try something new (for me!) with it.

Here is the image with the basic Lightroom adjustments.

OPF - Sept before

I have really wanted to have a go at replacing the sky in an image and this seemed a great opportunity. I had a “sky image” that I had taken late in the evening on a cloudy day that was a bit more “dramatic” so I opted for this. My stages were as follows…

  • Opened both images from Lightroom as layers in Photoshop.
  • Duplicated the original “castle” layer.
  • Selected the castle and foreground and clicked the add new layer mask button which created a new layer with the sky chopped out.
  • Made sure that the masked castle layer was above the sky layer and used the brush tool to clean up the edges.
  • With the sky layer selected, moved it to where I thought was best using the move/transform tool.
  • Created a curves layer and a brightness/contrast layer for each of the images and clipped these to the layers so that they only affected those layers.
  • Attempted to clone out the benches and castle sign.
  • Saved and went back to Lightroom to add some final touches using the adjustment brush to sort out the shadows on the castle.

After I had done this I saw a post Laura Macky (click link to go to her excellent tutorial) had done about this very thing, I wished I’d seen it before, the selection process looked at lot less complicated. I tried again using her method too and used the magic wand tool (doesn’t that sound amazing!) to select the areas and saved them so I didn’t have to keep re-doing them. It was a bit more straightforward, although it still created quite hard edges which I softened with the brush. So, thanks Laura, I’ll try it this way again!

Anyway, here is my final image.

OPF - Sept

I would love to know what you think. I know that I need more practise with that clone tool, so any suggestions would be welcome!

Click on any of the images to see a bigger version.

Please go and check out the other versions at Stacy’s One Photo Focus