Overexpose on Purpose

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I enjoy overexposing some images on purpose.  You get a light, airy look.  Keep in mind the scene should be on the light side to begin with. A dark room overexposed would not be pretty!  f/9 @ 1/100 for slight blur

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Overexposed shots work very well when adding textures and other effects.  With a Multiply blend mode you will knock out the white and leave your subject clean. In this one I cropped and also added a radial blur.  With the image light to begin with, the effect doesn’t get overly dark.

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Landscapes on an overcast day can benefit from overexposing too.

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White subjects against a blue sky and clouds are nice too.

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Plan a Project

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Charleston garage doors

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Charleston doors missing steps!

The Old Schoolhouse

Door of old schoolhouse providing light for my subject.

We all have favorite subjects but sometimes still get in a rut.  One way to lift yourself up and get excited about your photography is to plan a project around your favorite subjects. You can plan a book or exhibit or calendar using all those images.

I love photographing doors and windows, especially in historic buildings.  This collage includes doors found in downtown Raleigh.  I made them into a poster.

Doors of Raleigh

You certainly don’t have to do doors, but they can be great fun. They are full of texture, interesting shapes and color too.

And planning a project can be very motivating!

JC Raulston Moonlight in the Garden

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Moonlight in the Garden gives photographers an amazing opportunity at the JC Raulston Arboretum.   https://jcra.ncsu.edu/

Beautiful lighting for photos, food trucks, music and more!

Member night – Tuesday, November 7        7pm-9pm

November 9-11 and November 16-18             6pm – 9pm

Tickets are $10.00 for members, $20.00 for nonmembers, and $5.00 for children under 12.

 

 

 

Prisma App

IMG_5711IMG_5589-EditA friend of mine told me about the Prisma App for iPhones anIMG_5692IMG_5686IMG_5700A friend of mine told me about the Prisma App for iPhone and Android phones. Nifty little app that has lots of fun effects. You must take the photo with the app and process it right then as you cannot reimport it later. However, I could save the original photo on my iPhone and use in other programs later.  This included some fun with the photos shown here in Photoshop CC.

NC State Fair Preview

I was treated to a preview of the Flower Show area of the NC State Fair tonight.

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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Topaz Impression – Oil by Jim LaSala

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Belle Fleur Textures – Puss in Boots