Wooden Table Top

Basic photo showing new table top!

_MG_0188I enjoy studio work as well as outdoor photography.  When I started studying food photography a few years ago, I found other photographers used distressed wooden table tops.  So, I started a quest to find my own. I tried vinyl rolls, wallpaper wooden look-alikes, flooring and more including the real thing. But nothing looked quite right and the real wood was too deteriorated.

Until this past weekend when I got the idea to look again. Went to my favorite DIY store, Home Depot, and told them as usual what I was trying to do. After the odd looks, a rep took me to a new display.  Jackpot!!

Home Depot now has their own brand of Weathered Wall Boards… guess we are returning to the wood paneling of many years ago.  These boards come in a light and dark color. They are real hardwood and measure 4″w x 1/4″ thick x 48″ long… perfect!  The texture is perfect too.  I just laid them side by side on my regular table and can easily set them back in the box when not using them.

Best of all… 8 boards come in a box for $25… a great deal compared to buying and storing a big table.  This is the first picture with the new “table”… more to follow!

 

 

 

Reworking a Photo

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The original image (below) was very busy and the light was backward of what I wanted. In simple steps, this is what I did.

  1. Cropped image.
  2. I used the Content Aware Fill tool in Photoshop to remove the pipe on upper right. There were other little spots to fix with this tool and the Clone tool.
  3. Added a 50% gray layer and low opacity dark brush (8%) to darken the foreground.
  4. Used the 50% gray layer with low opacity white brush (8%) to lighten the water. You could also achieve Steps #3 and 4 with the Radial Filter in Lightroom.. thanks to Tony Sweet for sharing that tool in his recent ebook. I do most of my work in Photoshop but this is a super option and easy to use.
  5. Finally took the image into Topaz Impression and used Impressionistic by Erin Applebee Photography.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is actually a tiny waterfall in a beautiful woodsy area.

With so many special lenses and techniques along with unlimited software possibilities available, I can have fun all day with just one image.  Here is what I did to create the ones below.

I bought a couple of bunches of flowers at Trader Joe’s for $3.99 a bunch.  I placed the vase on white foamcore and used a neutral wall as the background. I did use studio lights for faster shooting and greater depth of field, but you don’t have to. Each caption states the software effect I used.

 

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Amazing Watercolour – SmartPhotoEditor

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Original

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SmartPhotoEditor – White Border

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Topaz Impression – Oil by Jim LaSala

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Belle Fleur Textures – Puss in Boots

Flower Composites

Lily SPE polaroid

SmartPhotoEditor “Vintage Polaroid”

 

Lily SPE dreamy beach

SmartPhotoEditor “Dreamy Beach”

 

Lily Composite

Original Composite

I have been creating flower composites. I take one flower selected in Photoshop (made easier if you photograph it against white which I did not on these two!)… and then layering many copies of it. Take each copy and resize, rotate, etc… until you like the composition.

You can totally cover the canvas with the image as in the Iris below, or leave space and add a background. I added lilypads blurred behind the waterlilies but ended up changing the color of them so unrecognizable now as lilypads.

With SmartPhotoEditor I can then take it way further. Just printed this one of a purple iris on canvas from MasterColor Labs in Greensboro, NC.  SmartPhotoEditor can work as a standalone program or as a plugin for Photoshop.

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SmartPhotoEditor is a contributor based program with over 7,000 effects, constantly being expanded by new designers. It is currently $29.99 and you can get a 10% discount by using code LL1914.  I do not receive any compensation except for the feedback that you are having a blast!

Discount on SmartPhotoEditor software

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SmartPhotoEditor effect on Iris image

Great news!  I posted a blog entry this week with work from SmartPhotoEditor which has over 7,000 effects and a great interface to create beautiful images.

This site has an incredible variety of ways to improve your images from basic cropping and vignettes to very fun, artsy effects.

The program is a great deal at $29.99, but now you can get another 10% off with the code below. This program works as a standalone or you can use as a plugin to Photoshop.

Website:  http://www.smartphotoeditor.com/

Discount code: LL1914

Enjoy!

10% off SmartPhotoEditor

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SmartPhotoEditor effect on Iris image

Great news!  I posted a blog entry this week with work from SmartPhotoEditor which has over 7,000 effects and a great interface to create beautiful images.

This site has an incredible variety of ways to improve your images from basic cropping and vignettes to very fun, artsy effects.

The program is a great deal at $29.99, but now you can get another 10% off with the code below. This program works as a standalone or you can use as a plugin to Photoshop.

Website:  http://www.smartphotoeditor.com/

Discount code: LL1914

Enjoy!

Software – SmartPhotoEffects

_4010070rainIMG_3629_3310399_4030357 edit_moody 074OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIMG_3621I have been using SmartPhotoEditor for about a month now. This software can be used as a standalone for $29.99 or a Photoshop plugin for a higher fee. The program is built on special effects from normal processing features to vignettes and textures to really far out stuff. It also has watercolor, oils and other painterly options. It has about 7,000 effects and contributors add to this all the time.

The interface offers category breakdowns that help find what you are looking for and the ability to save any effect as a favorite so you don’t have to look for it each time. You can also create your own effects in the Effects Editor for others to use.

As a digital photo artist I am really excited with this software and encourage you to use the 30 day free trial. (cannot save images until you buy the program)

For greeting cards the vignettes are amazing.. leaving nice white edges that help with printers that leave 1/4″ edge.

Go have some fun!!!

(except for the iris image all were from a recent trip to Charleston, SC)