Daily Image - Apr 2012 Archive - sonofjohan
04 Apr 12.  If there were two colors that I most think scream Spring and Easter, it would have to be pink and yellow. The blooms of the cherry trees and forsythia say it about as vibrantly as I can imagine. I'm sure many of you will have your own favorites that likely include white and blue, but for me these two colors simply shout winter's over! While touring in D.C. last week both of these two plants were in full show, and while the cherries got the vast majority of my time, the forsythia was not to be lost in the shoots. Along with the show of color was of course the show in the Convention Center, this one about learning more about Photoshop. In one of the discussions was a demo of how one can simulate the effect of adding a missing spotlight after the fact. This can provide light in needed areas of the subject that was not available at the time of shooting. As an example, look at the image for today. The flowers at the 1, 6, 7:30, and 10 o'clock positions all have a nice glow at their base. That "back light" was not available at the time of shooting; I have added it in as a post processing step. To do so with your own image(s), add a blank transparent layer and then paint on it where you want to add the light. To so do, select a very soft brush of the appropriate size for the needed amount of light, click once over the area where you want to add the light, and then change the blending mode for that transparent layer to overlay. Bingo, you have added your needed light. For each area you want to add light you will need a new transparent layer. Look carefully at the image; without my having told you what I did, would you have suspected it had been done?  ISO 200; 1/400 sec @ f /11.

04 Apr 12. If there were two colors that I most think scream Spring and Easter, it would have to be pink and yellow. The blooms of the cherry trees and forsythia say it about as vibrantly as I can imagine. I'm sure many of you will have your own favorites that likely include white and blue, but for me these two colors simply shout winter's over! While touring in D.C. last week both of these two plants were in full show, and while the cherries got the vast majority of my time, the forsythia was not to be lost in the shoots. Along with the show of color was of course the show in the Convention Center, this one about learning more about Photoshop. In one of the discussions was a demo of how one can simulate the effect of adding a missing spotlight after the fact. This can provide light in needed areas of the subject that was not available at the time of shooting. As an example, look at the image for today. The flowers at the 1, 6, 7:30, and 10 o'clock positions all have a nice glow at their base. That "back light" was not available at the time of shooting; I have added it in as a post processing step. To do so with your own image(s), add a blank transparent layer and then paint on it where you want to add the light. To so do, select a very soft brush of the appropriate size for the needed amount of light, click once over the area where you want to add the light, and then change the blending mode for that transparent layer to overlay. Bingo, you have added your needed light. For each area you want to add light you will need a new transparent layer. Look carefully at the image; without my having told you what I did, would you have suspected it had been done? ISO 200; 1/400 sec @ f /11.

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