Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Playing With Photos

I haven't had much time to play with Photoshop recently but was inspired by some saturation/color play Connie (Dirty Footprints Studio) had recently done. Here's some examples, for those who haven't done digital manipulation, of what a few seconds can do:

1) Playing with Levels (usually if any adjustments are done to a photo, this is my first stop). Maintaining the realism of the photo, just bumping it up a notch:

After Levels adjustment & action to "burn" edges of photo. That's it!

(This is the side of a bench. I was captivated by the story of the tree that was used and what it saw in all of those years it stood. A lot of rings...a lot of years...a lot of history.)

2) It's also great fun completely changing the colors & feel of a photo. It's great using filters to create "drawings" and other surreal images but also interesting to try and maintain some realism while drastically altering the photo. Again, I just played with Levels in this photo.


After playing with Levels:

Fun stuff, eh?


  1. i love what you have done!!

    i really want to play around with photoshop. my boyfriend is the one who does my pics for my blog. he makes them smaller and adjusts the exposure if need be. he doesn't alter them, just makes them more crisp. i want to explore like you have done. definitely a future blog post for me :)

  2. Thank you! I'd highly encourage you to explore away...that's the fun thing about Photoshop. As long as you are working on a copy of your original, there's no way to make a mistake! Digital has been a great way for me to get more confident in more non-forgiving mediums. I'll be awaiting your post!!