Archives for the month of: December, 2011

color highlighting

I recently experimented with color removal in Photoshop Elements after I took a series of boring photos at an orchard. It was a rather sunny day and the colors were either burned out by the sunlight or dulled by the shadows. When I came home with the pictures, I realized that this one photo showed an apple with just the right amount on light exposure. The rest of the photo left something to be desired.

I had read about color removal techniques in Popular Photography magazine and decided this would be a good time to try it. I opened the image in Photoshop Elements and went to the enhance menu, pulled down to the Adjust Color tab and over to Adjust Hue/Saturation. Since the photo was mostly made up of red, black and green, I simply changed the master tab to green and pushed the saturation all the way to the left to -100. This removed the green, left a nice gray in its place and voila’ a red apple.

Have fun with your camera.

L.H. 🙂

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Abstracts are fun.

I have always enjoyed doing abstract art with paint and canvas, but oddly had not done any abstracts with my camera. I am a big follower of Petersen’s Photographic publications. The chief contributor to the magazine, Jim Zuckerman, shows how to do some interesting abstracts with your camera in Volume 10. I decided to give it a whirl.

I found a large piece of blue agate that had been sliced to approximately 1 inch thick. I found a brightly lit window and placed the rock against the glass for the sun to backlight it. Using a tripod, I placed the camera as close as possible to the agate and still get an auto focus reading, attached my remote shutter release, and set the camera on the highest depth. The shutter speed reading was very high, approximately 10 seconds. I shot three pictures using the recommended shutter speed and them one stop up and one stop down. The picture was a little yellowish, but could be easily corrected on the computer, since it was shot in RAW. I was very pleased to with the result.

Have fun.

L.H. 🙂

I love photography

Welcome to my blog. If you are reading this, you have either visited my website, www.lisahurstphotography, or are attending one of my classes or seminars. Either way, I hope you learn something about how to take great pictures with your device.

I will show you pictures that I have taken and give you how-to instructions for each one and then challenge you to take your own masterpiece. I also plan to share with you resources that I use to learn more about photography and welcome ideas from readers about same.

We are living in a great technological world where anyone can be a photographer. Let’s all try to do it well.

Always looking for pictures,

L.H. : )

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