A Different Approach
This winter I have been partaking of an online workshop by Kim Klassen called “Be Still 52.” What I like about this workshop is that it is making me focus on what makes a still life tick. A recent lesson had us exploring the use of backlighting and camera settings that I did with my Nikon DSLR. After I finished shooting with the Nikon, I picked up my iPhone6 and took a different approach. I’d like to share my workflow with you on how I created Sea of Light.
Here’s the “taken from above shot” straight from my iPhone. Already I can see lots of potential!
First thing I did was to open the app PS Express to do some basic editing and polishing. Cropping was the first order of business!
Picking the “Square” preset, I moved the crop lines in close to the vase top.
Liking what I saw here, I put this into place.
Crop in place, I then moved to the “Adjustment” tool bar to work with such things as exposure, contrast, and clarity.
With the cropping and basic adjustments in place, I saved the image and moved to the next app, Paint FX.
I wanted to use the “Blur” tool in this app to give the background a soft focus look, knocking it back a bit. I clicked on the “FX” tool to bring this menu up.
Going to the “Enhance” toolbar, I clicked on the “Blur” tool.
I then painted a nice blur around the vase edge, which did exactly what I wanted…bringing the light bulbs more to the foreground and keeping the vase top edge.
I saved this version and moved to the third and final app in this workflow, Stackables.
Once the image loaded in Stackables, for my first layer I used the “Deep Ocean” filter with a blend mode of “Overlay”.
I felt that Layer 1 needed a bit of tweaking, so for Layer 2, I went to the “Color Adjust” tool bar and adjusted for contrast, saturation, and exposure.
To finish things up, I returned to the first set of filters and chose “Summer Glow” with a blend mode of “Overlay”. I also used the slider bar just below the image screen to tweak this setting a bit before saving this final version to my camera roll.
Here’s the final version, Sea of Light. If you’d like to see more of this series, visit my blog: www.clearerreflections.com
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