Another still life shot today. As I didn’t play too much with Photoshop yesterday, So I thought I’d try to come up with a shot that’d give me some freedom to mess about again. I’ve had these trainers for a few months now, but hardly worn them as I don’t want the famous Scottish weather to ruin them (yet!). I’ve always loved the colour of them, and thought the red would really stand out nicely against a black background (provided by my “studio” again). I didn’t take too many shots of this setup, as I didn’t think I was getting the shots I wanted, and had quickly switched to an old pair of Converse and spent the afternoon trying to get a multitude of different shots with those. After an hour or so playing in Photoshop with the Converse shots (to scratch that Photoshop-based itch) I decided to have a quick look at the shots I’d taken of my trainers. The colours weren’t as bright as I’d thought, so after a few mins playing with the saturation and contrast in Photoshop I’d created something I actually quite liked. I played around with the composition, rotating the image a few degrees and cropping the shot until I was happy, and then the final step was to adjust the gamma settings to darken the shadows and give a bit of a gritty feel to the shot.
I really like the contrast between the black and red, but also between the sharpness of the laces in the foreground, compared to the blurred trainer in the background. I think it really brings the shot to life. I also like how you can still make out the subtle Nike Swoosh in the background so you can still tell what kind of trainer it is.
I’m starting to enjoy shooting my still-life shots as it gives me more opportunities to play in Photoshop. The landscapes and natural photography is obviously more about the composition and shot taken by the camera at the time. Playing with Photoshop on those shots is mainly for just a few tweaks here and there. But with still-life, Photoshop gives you a whole new world to explore and I must say, I am thoroughly enjoying the adventure so far.
Thanks for reading today!