Ever wish you could paint but are better with the camera? Like the look of something that’s embossed? If the answer is yes to either or both and if you’d like to add a new look to some of your photos, how about applying some of the artistic filters in Photoshop & in Elements too?
After arriving home from teaching a nature photography class at Tiger Tail Beach yesterday I decided to have some fun with a few of the shots and experimented with artistic filters after the normal digital processing- correcting lighting & contrast, etc. The first photo shows a Tri Colored Heron hunting for small baitfish. I liked the pose but having similar shots in my collection decided on a wide shallow crop & an “Invert” filter found in Elements like this: Adjustment Layer, Invert. Add in a little selective sharpening and a totally new look surrounded an old scene, easy & creative.
Maybe you like textures too. For the following photo I simply clicked Filter, Stylize then Emboss for a quick 3D effect. This may or may not be for you but if you’d like to add a zing to the same old scenes and show off your more artistic side experiment with the many filters offered in these programs. For questions or to learn about nature photography or digital processing, just email your questions in. Good shooting this weekend, Gordon.
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