Turn Photos To Sketches (by Larry Becker – September / October 2012 issue of Adobe Photoshop Element Techniques) was so easy and fast. It took only 9 steps and 31 minutes for me to complete this transformation. I occasionally like the look of a line drawing for architecture but I like how this incorporated the photo and line drawing together. It’s the best of both worlds.
February 8, 2014
This is the most fun I have had so far in Elements. It was super fast and super easy to do. It took my bland photo and turned into a work of art! The quote came from my Java Junkie Pinterest board but there isn’t really an author I can give credit to. If you want to learn how to do this groovy technique check out the article Creating An Edgy Poster effect by: Diana Day in the May / June 2013 issue of Photographic Elements Techniques. Try It! It’s fun!
February 5, 2014
As you can see, this is not a very interesting photo. Since last May I have had computer issues and had to wipe my computer clean in January. When I did this, all 40,000+ photos were dumped into a file on an external drive and now need to be re-organized. Obviously this will take time, so now I have limited access to my photos. I don’t want this to stop me from playing around in Elements every week, so this week I chose a technique that I didn’t really need a photo for.
Get Your Neon On by Larry Becker from Photographic Elements Techniques magazine’s November / December 2013 issue didn’t need any photos. I guess I’m finally learning my way around Elements because I was able to play around with his instructions and make it my own. He used a preset brick wall graphic for his background but I decided to find a texture to photograph as my background. I took a simple photo of the outside wall of my house to get some texture. (It’s not the prettiest wall but I at least snuck in a photo of something.)
At first, I was thinking when would I ever use this technique but then Las Vegas popped into my mind. I have lots of photos (when I can find them) of the hotels and casinos. It might be nice to add a neon sign to the photo to help label which hotel or casino it is. Hmmmm now I’m thinking I can make them look like postcards with neon signs. Maybe this technique will come in handy after all.
February 4, 2014
After a long day of trying to figure out how to make a splatter paint effect, I admit, I gave up. I needed something I could focus on that was a little easier for today. That’s how I ended up with this. The Stained Glass Class by Larry Becker from the January / February 2014 issue of Photographic Elements Techniques. This was so much easier. The directions were very clear. I did have a problem with step 7 which is supposed to make the inside frame a different color. I did exactly as the instructions said but I couldn’t get mine to change color no matter what I tried. I’m sure I’m missing some basic knowledge of elements that is preventing me from figuring it out. As it turns out, I like that I don’t have a purple frame around the flowers. I like the look of just the glass. Knowing me, it will bug me and I will revisit it until I figure it out but for now, I like my results. I can see doing a series of flowers with this effect to make a small collage for my wall. If nothing else, it gives me more of a reason to hunt down some great looking flowers to photograph.
February 2, 2014
I have started to really like the look of a black and white photo with just a touch of color in it. I decided it was time to give it a try myself. The article Give Your Photos a Splash Of Color by Lesa Snider appeared in the January / February 2014 issue of Photographic Elements Techniques. I thought the article was a little wordy at times but I’m sure I would have been lost if it wasn’t. From start to finish it took me 43 minutes. It was longer than I was thinking but I also chose a photo that had leaves to maneuver around. (I need to remember not to do that again!) I chose my photo because although I like it in color I thought I could make the canoes stand out a little more from their background. I am pleased with the result and can’t wait to continue adding a touch a color to some of my other photos.
January 22, 2014
On a trip to Key West, FL last year, I found this dilapidated staircase when I was looking for something to go with my neglected theme. I also decided to use the photo to practice a grunge technique I saw in Adobe Photoshop Elements Techniques magazine. The article is Easy Grunge by Liz Ness. It was in the November / December 2012 issue. The directions were super easy to follow and it didn’t take long at all. I love how it transformed this photo from bleh to tough and grungy. Finding neglected items to transform has become quite fun.
January 22, 2014
Today, I was trying to practice the following things from a http://www.betterphoto.com lesson:
1. identify the goal – my goal was to show some of my favorite things in just 1 shot
2. where to shoot – I walked around my house to find a good spot. I had them on top of my roll top desk and realized I could get the wooden background if I put them IN my desk instead. (I thought I was pretty darn clever doing this)
3. a fast shutter speed = a sharp photo – I usually shoot on AP mode but left it on TV mode for this exercise. I have to admit, I like AP mode more.
4. the “lucky shot” comes from shooting lots of photos – I was pleased with my first dozen photos but decided to keep shooting and try to force myself into new perspectives. The shot I chose was actually one of the last shots I took.
5. slow down! – this goes with number 4 above. I wanted to take a few shots and reposition everything but I forced myself to slow down and look at the set up from every angle I could think of.
6. look for the smaller details – I did get up close to each item but for this theme, I needed to show the bigger picture.
Speaking of the bigger picture: I have the camera for my new-found love of photography; the pig because I have collected pigs since the 1980′s (not 100% sure why I started); the book has a double meaning, it represents my love of reading but it is also my favorite book; and the coffee mug for my addiction to coffee. Yes, there is coffee in that mug. I made a cup just in case I liked the view from above (getting those up close details). No worries, no coffee was wasted during this photography session.