*This is a guest blog post by David Hayes using the apps: iColorama and Snapseed
I am currently taking a still life online workshop where the instructor has a preference for things like white flowers in a vase against a white wall…that sort of thing. So…during a recent lesson I decided to give such a set up a try and after editing the image per the workshop instructions…I worked the image my way! I’d like to share my workflow with you in this article.
In this screen shot you can see how I set things up for my shoot: white rose, vase, white background, a bit of shadow. The first app I used is iColorama, one of the best all-around editing apps out there. Once loaded, I clicked on “Form” to bring up the editing tools.
Time to do adjusting to the exposure to punch out the lights and darks of the image. Clicking on “Adjust” (A), I activated the “Exposure” (B) tool box. Using the sliders along the bottom (C), I played around with Brightness, Contrast, and Exposure until I was happy with the look.
While the default for “Center Focus” is “Portrait 1”, I went with “Portrait 2”. I also used the control panel to adjust the Blur as well as “Outer Brightness” and “Inner Brightness”. This gave the image the feel I was after! Not a soft and quiet still life, but something a bit darker and edgier!
*David Hayes is a photographer, mixed-media artist, painter and explorer of life. Visit his blog at clearerreflections.com.
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