30 Days of Creativity: Day 5


Today’s work is another example of Adobe’s Lightroom® program.  This image was taken at a local zoo, and I was lucky enough to capture the tigers when they were looking at the camera.  With my nice long zoom lens (75-300mm) I was able to capture them in this unique pose without having to crop too much.  My edits were subtle in this case, I cropped the image to focus on the tigers, adjusted the contrast and saturated the color.  I also added just a hint of vinetting (darkening of the corners) in order to emphasize the animals.  I think this works nicely to accentuate the curve of the tiger’s back.

Image edited in Lightroom(R)

For those of you interested in the photograph’s details, the settings were as follows: ISO 400, 300mm, f5.6, shutter 1/200s.

Original image of the tigers. (c) ManicMonday 2012

Although there may not seem to be as much “creativity” in editing a picture that starts out well, I beg to disagree.  It is often more challenging to take a good picture and make it great rather than to make it funky.  There are hundreds of easy ways to make the picture look funky, but there may be hundreds tiny adjustments needed to make it look real and larger than life without being unnatural. While the former may be more fun, the latter is more challenging.  And I think both take creativity.

Although the biggest challenge of them all is to take a good photograph to start with.  If you don’t have that, then you’ve got nothing to work with.  For those of you who like to take pictures – get snapping!  That’s where the creativity begins!  🙂

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4 thoughts on “30 Days of Creativity: Day 5

  1. Thank you! No, the tigers were not behind glass, although the turtle from my previous post was behind glass. The tigers have an open, albeit somewhat small enclosure. They were resting in the alcove.

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