I am quickly learning that things never really go to plan when it comes to this 365project! I had to fall back on plan C today after my first two plans didn’t come out as expected! Bad lighting and bad weather hindered my attempts earlier in the day. So had to rely on a classic – a rose on Valentines Day. It was pretty simple shot to capture, I wanted to ensure the roses were sharp and in focus once I had that shot I knew what I needed to do in Photoshop. I wanted to give it a vintage look (without the use of instagram!) so I adjusted the brightness and contrast to darken the image, and applied a grain texture to give it that classic vintage look. I increased the gamma settings to darken the shadows further before applying a vignette to darken the corners of the image.
When it comes to still life I’ve found some of the most simple tweaks to an image can make a massive difference. Here I have just cropped the shot, about 4cm from the top and 4cm from the bottom, which really brings the viewer’s attention to the desired subject instead of focusing on the background. Also, I have found that just rotating the image a few degrees can really make a big difference to the image. I didn’t apply that in this shot, but I did for my “Lacing Up” shot on Thursday. It’s a technique I’ll definitely try to use more in my other still life shots moving forwards!
Sorry this one is late, hopefully will get time to post todays shot later (when I’ve thought of what to do!)
Thanks for reading!