That photo is the one that started it all. A multiple day trip to Vegas was an amazing opportunity for me. It was the first trip with a nice camera (replacing my well-over-decade-old and dying point-n-shoot), in a city that I'd barely explored with a multitude of photo opportunities at every turn. My first photographic priority when we returned (besides getting them all uploaded and sorted) was signing up for the Adobe Creative Cloud so I could get back into Photoshop. My mind was instantly buzzing with touching up photos and making those memories truly shine!
You know what I'd forgotten?
It had been close to 2o years since I'd first tried my hand at Photoshop. And a ton of new features had been added in those years. And the learning curve was STEEP!
So if you know me, you know that I immediately jumped on the internet and started researching. I combined this with burrowing into Photoshop and just experimenting. That path has been filled with a fair amount of frustration for me, but man, when something clicks, it is the most glorious moment (and then the new, most-overused technique for me for at least the next few pictures).
You've actually seen a lot of these efforts already during the 14 Days of Love series. But this is definitely a creative area that I've still been working very hard in. Some of these results will appear during my 365 series, but some of them are with old pictures (meaning, in my mind at any rate, that they don't qualify for the project because I didn't take the picture this year) and some are based on pictures available from other artists for just this sort of thing. Now, with all that explained (and a reminder that all pictures are clickable if you'd like to look at a bigger version)....
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, that Eiffel Tower picture started it all. Not only did I want a tighter crop, I also wanted to reflect the dreamy quality of the whole trip for me and this landmark seemed the ideal picture. That's how I ended up here:
I was satisfied with this picture (still am, actually), but when I learned how to add overlays and textures recently and really tailor them to fit the picture (and the picture in my head), I couldn't resist toying with this one again.
It's been exciting to realize I'm getting faster and adding more and more techniques to my arsenal. For example, the base for the next picture was a nude model with an empty hand extended on a plain gray photo studio background. I immediately associated her with a flapper and wanted to create a bit of an homage to Zelda Fitzgerald.
Then I riffed a bit on the same idea, except with the concept of Mother Earth:
(reminder because I'm proud: she started with pink hair, lips, and nails)
Do you have a favorite or some constructive criticism? I've toyed with the idea of selling some of my photos (and now Photoshop-created art) so I can't help but be curious if there would be an interest. Let me know in the comments!