One of the most common things that I am asked to do these days is colorization to a photo. Here is an example:
This creates a really neat effect on the picture and it is actually much simpler than you imagine.
The first step is that you take a photo with something on it that you want to leave in color. Maybe it is a candle, or a hair bow, or a skirt, a toy, or anything else that you can think of.
The second step is that you use the selection tool to select around the part of the image that you want to leave in color. Be sure and zoom in as much as you can before you start selecting so you can see all the details of the part of the image that you are selecting.
The third step is to invert the selection. This is an option on your selection tools at the top of the program. When you invert the selection that you made (around the part of the image you want to leave in color) then Photoshop knows that you want everything but the object you have selected to be what is edited.
The fourth step is to change the inverted selection to black and white. This will turn everything but the original selection black and white.
The fith step is optional. You can add text if you choose or you can leave it like it is.
And there you go!
Four to five easy steps that can help you edited photos like the pros!!!
With the digital age of photography, editing a photo has become a term in and of itself. When someone wants something done to a photo they say “photoshop it.” The term is used as loosly as people saying, “oh I will just google it.”
Photoshop can be used to do many different things to a photo that you probably would have never thought to do yourself. You can slim someone’s figure, you can change the color of their eyes, you can change the color of the sky.
In this day and age a photographer cannot keep an upper edge if he or she does not have photoshop skills.
Today I will include a few examples of some simple changes in photoshop that will add the finishing touches to your photos that are most popular right now.
First we have a photo of a little boy on a bench in a farmer’s market. As you can see the sunlight that catches his eyes and creates a beautiful look before photoshop techniques are applied.
Now with a few changes by adding a a diffused glow to the picture and a slight blur to the edges the picture will take on a whole new look.
As I talked about before many people think of Fort Worth as a down-home country town. But I have found in the photography work that I do that you can put a pretty girl in a fancy dress and modernize any rustic our country scene.
As you can see from these photos all it takes is a serious look or a fun and sexy pose to transform the background to something else.
This photo with the hands in the shape of a heart was taken with a very low f-stop setting. If you want to take photos with a depth of field like this one, where you have one object close to the camera that is in focus and the rest of the photo is blurry, you need to make sure that your f-stop is set to the smallest number your camera will allow. This can be a very artistic and fun way to really make your photos more professional than the next guys.
Here is another example of the difference in the subjects and backgrounds and how simple changes can really make your photo less rustic and more modern. Check out this link: http://www.l10drupal.org/north-texas-superbowl/sites/default/files/fortworth.png. Here you will see a picture (not taken by me) of cowboys and cows in front of the skyline of Fort Worth.
All I have done differently with the same backdrop is have the subjects in modern not cowboy attire and off-centered the photo. Off-centering the photo can modernize almost any situation. Look at these two photos for example.
This one is more traditional and the only difference it is centered normally.
An old red building that may seem to be an eye sore for you can also be the best backdrop you can find for a modern photo.
This old building would look great with an old cowboy but when you put a girl in a fancy dress with this background old suddenly turns new.
This is another simple way to capture those photos with you friends, children, family that have that special look. Look for the oldest falling-apart building you can find and use it for your backdrop. Don’t forget though that the subject does not always have to look at the camera or even be as close to the camera as you can get. Close-ups are wonderful but the are not always necessary.
Finally there is the fun things you can do that just simply are improved by a unique background. Rail road tracks are always great for brides, couples, parents with children, seniors or pretty much anything else you can think of. You don’t have to have a conductors hat and overalls just to take pictures on a railroad. Railroad tracks are always a great way to get an awesome shot!
I would love to see pictures you guys try with these tips! Send them to me anytime!
I saw this sign when I was walking through the stockyards on a photo shoot. The art of this sign strock me as breath taking. Even though I disagree that Fort Worth is made up of only cowboys, cowgirls and kicks on the side of the road this sign had such detail that I could not help but post it. It is not picture of a specific person that I know of but there is such a story in this man’s face.
He seems kind and caring but if your pushed his buttons you would regret it most assuredly. He is hard working and a family man. He has probably worked on a ranch or farm and spent lots of time in the sun – look at his wrinkles!
He has a son and he has taught him good work ethic and working skills.
He would give the shirt of his back or his last dollar if you needed it. He is a life-long friend of many and if you had a flat he would be the person you would call.
He is a great stroy-teller and can tell a joke like no one else you know.
What do you think when you see this blue-eyed cowboy?
There is so much that you can tell about a person from their face but there is also a lot that is left open to interpretation. I would like to start from some candids that I have taken of children. A child is a blank slate. Their future is not determined yet and when you look at them you never know what to expect.
Typically when most people look at a small child the first thing that they do is start to make silly faces and funny noises. I personally was never this way with my children. I talked to them like they were little people and in return they learned to talk back the same way without all the baby talk. But that is a whole other story that we are not discussing here.
As a photographer when I see a baby I tend to think about the later picture.
What will this child do when they are four? Are they going to place soccer or baseball? Or when they start school. I wonder if this child will be really good in science? What about math or reading? Maybe this child will grow up to be the president or maybe this child will be a teacher.
What do you think when you see a child? Do you imagine what they will be? Do you remember their name so you can say you knew them when?
Will this child be the next person that people in Fort Worth, Texas brag about? Will this be the next famous person from Fort Worth?
Tell me what you think?