30 Days of Creativity: Day 6

Zebras

As you can probably tell, I am still running through my zoo photos.  I have so many good shots from that shoot that it’s difficult not to just work completely with them.  Especially since there is a “no sale” photography clause with the zoo, so I can’t put the pictures up on Etsy or anyplace like that.  I wonder if I can still enter them into contests?  Something to look into.

I started working with this zebra shot by adjusting the white balance and tweaking it as a color photo.  But then, just for the heck of it, I turned it black and white.  Zebras take on a very interesting look when shot in black and white.  You know they are black and white creatures, so when you see the image with a black and white background, it gives a whole different feel to the animal’s presence, in my opinion.  I think they stand out more as opposed to less, even if they “blend in” with the background.  What do you think?
As for the second shot, I worked with the image in both Lightroom® and Photoshop Elements®.  Most of the image manipulation was done in Lightroom®, including the split-toning (giving it that blue-grey look) and adding grain to make it look more like a film shot.  To emphasize the “film look” I used Photoshop Elements® to put a film frame around it.  It was fun and a little different, and I like the final product.

I realize I sound like an advertisement for these programs, but that is not my intention.  I wanted to share with you how I go about my editing to achieve the final look.  I am usually satisfied with my results, and photography is one of the few things that I have a little bit of self-confidence in.  I still have a lot to learn but I am slowly getting there. 🙂


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5 thoughts on “30 Days of Creativity: Day 6

  1. I agree that the zebras definately stand out more in black and white! Interesting. I am just now getting back into photography myself. I’m re-learning how to manipulate the Fstops and Shutterspeeds. It’s been so long since I’ve studied photography that there was no such thing as Digital Photography! LOL!

    • Learning f-stops and shutter speeds on film was probably more challenging than it is today with digital. I confess that I use Auto mode a lot just to get the shot, because I can fix so much of it in software. I know, I know, that doesn’t make me a true photographer, but in my opinion, if I don’t have the shot I can’t do anything with it. My new camera forces me to utilize manual modes if I want to control ISO, so depending on what I am shooting, I will choose shutter or aperture mode. (I also have to go manual for the HDR function to work.) I’ve never really tried to white balance outside of software either. Something I should learn, but IMHO more practical for set shoots than candid situations, and I do far less of the former than the latter. Anyway, I know enough to get by, and I learn more each time I pull out my camera. 🙂

      • Oh no I disagree! I think we are still real photographers even when we are using Auto Mode! I think it’s all in the eye, like when I was in photography in college some of the students knew how to use manual and did, but their shots were never all that great. 🙂

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