Photo Feature: Extreme Edits
As you’ve probably noticed by now, I like to play around with my images to see what I can create… I love the flexibility of digital photography – it allows you to turn a fairly ordinary image into an extraordinary image!
There are all sorts of software packages to help you edit your photos, one of the most popular (and expensive!) being Photoshop. But there are plenty of free/low-cost software packages available… try a few out and see which one you prefer. However, if creative photography is your thing, it is probably worth investing in Photoshop as it offers so many great features and almost infinite options for creating fantastic images.
Here are a few of my favourite extreme edits (some are more extreme than others!):
These first two images were created by merging two photos together in Photoshop and then tweaking them until I achieved the effect I wanted… you can do this with pretty much any photograph but some will work better than others. I like the Camden Market one as it is a shot of the outside of the market merged with one of the inside…
The portrait below was created in Photoshop using the Extrusion filter… I like the almost Cubist effect and the interest it adds to an otherwise fairly standard portrait shot!
I loved all the vintage cars at the Hollowell Steam Show 2018 (you can see my photographic review here: Hollowell Steam Show 2018 in Photos). I liked this shot as I appear in it, reflected in the bonnet (and Matt is reflected at the side too!). The image has been cropped and a filter (vivid) applied – this was done in Photos on my Mac where you can do a reasonable amount of customisation (although it is limited at the side of most editing software).
The photo below was taken of the fabulous roof of the Winter Gardens in Sheffield. I cropped in close, changed the levels and converted it into black and white… this has created an image that is much more striking in black and white than it was in colour! Like many of my photos I like the fact that it is not immediately obvious what it is… just shooting from a different angle gives a different perspective on something you might see everyday….
The photo below was take in Sheffield of one of the many Art Deco buildings in the city… I then applied the Posterize filter in Photoshop. This filter can be used on any photograph really but, again, some will work better than others – I liked this one because I thought it worked well with the strong geometric patterns of the building.
This is a photo of our old VW Campervan, which I loved (so sad it’s gone 🙁 ). The original image was cropped, edited in Photoshop and then inverted to create the unusual colour scheme… the van was actually British Racing Green and it was a sunny day (not the middle of the night)! This look is quite Pop Art, which I love!
So, why not give it a go and see what you can create… let me know how you get on!
*All of the photos above were shot on my Canon 40D with the exception of the vintage car shot, which was taken on my iPhone 6.