Making the Most of Your Images

posted on 11th of may, 2009

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to capture some pretty decent shots of seagulls. Nothing earth shattering but I liked them. I played around with the second one in PhotoShop because I liked the fact that the bird was looking right at you and the pose was very dramatic.
Here are the images I made:

To my surprise and delight these three images reached level 2 in less then 5 days. I guess it didn't hurt that it was just before Easter, but they are still selling well now. It just goes to show that it makes sense to take a good look at the assets we already have and see how we can maximize them.

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Posted by Petroruth on May 12, 2009
Thank you for the examples you do good work. Peter.
Posted by Kimmit on May 12, 2009
I won't be able to post with examples since the raw materials are not on Dreamstime. All I can suggest is that you experiment. Some very useful layer blending modes are soft light and overlay, but try them all for very intersting effects.

Here are some samples of what can be done very easily:

Posted by Kimmit on May 12, 2009
Thanks Petroruth. Photoshop is such a huge program. I've been working hard at it for about 3 years now, and feel like I'm still in kindergarten. I recommend you search the web. There are tons of great resouces. I found training videos especially helpful.

For the images above I used dodging and curve adjustments to make the bird whiter. Then I took a picture of the sun in a cloudless sky (don't look through the viewfinder!) and brought it in as a layer. Then I played with layer blending modes. This last is a little known and very powerful feature of Photoshop. You can do all kinds of amazing things with it. I'll do another post to show some examples.

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I have loved pictures since I had a B&W darkroom as a teenager, and I dabbled in every type of drawing medium I could find. I have also been a writer since I was 11. I gave up my creative pursuits for many years as life got in the way, but I came back to myself in 2005. It started when I received a digital camera as a gift from my Dad. It reawakened the passion for art in me and now it's all I want to do. I am on my fourth camera now and have spent thousands of hours experimenting with my new favourite artistic medium, PhotoShop CS5. I've also started an online photo editing busi... [Read more]

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