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
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.
Landscapes on an overcast day can benefit from overexposing too.
White subjects against a blue sky and clouds are nice too.
This is a fast and easy technique. You love fall leaves, right? Well they tend to blow around. I found this leaf upside down on a picnic table and tried to hold it to catch the sun backlighting it… then tried to stick it between the two boards which didn’t work very well. So, I found pine needles to secure the base.. and then hid them so only the backlit leaf and its shadow showed.
This time of year can be challenging for those of us who love lush gardens and lots of beautiful color. I decided to see what I could do with my Lensbaby Velvet 56 on my Canon 5D Mark II indoors.
The flowers are artificial held by a plamp. The softness was created by wrapping light pink tulle around the lens leaving just the very middle clear. ISO 200 f/8 @ .6 seconds. I set the 2 second timer and then swooshed a colorful scarf behind the flowers while the shutter was open. (otherwise it was a plain neutral wall) I used one Alien Bees light with softbox as my light, but did not trigger the flash.
After bringing into Photoshop, I added a French Kiss texture called Tea Bag. I made the texture black and white and used a Soft Light blend mode. Then I reduced the effect on the flowers by using a layer mask and painting light grey to reduce some of the effect.
I found the frame in a Google Images search.
Belle Fleur Textures has beautiful collections of textures but also a couple of very nice tutorials. She offers a great way of reducing the texture on your main subject but still leaving the color tint so the image goes together nicely. Check it out!
Go to http://www.bellefleurtextures.com/ and click on FREE Tutorials – The Blur Method. Check out all Cheryl’s textures too… love the Fairy Garden collection!
I started with the flower image… added a layer in Photoshop and drew an oval with a 200px feather since it was the original large file. When working with smaller files, you may want to reduce the feather size. I had to double click the Background flower layer to make it free for edits.. it then became Layer 0. Ctrl/Cmd -Shift – I to invert. Then Ctrl/Cmd X to cut the pixels outside the oval. I dragged the texture layer on top of the image and Ctrl/Cmd T to position the layer how I wanted it. The original texture had some “crinkles” that I pulled outside of the image boundaries. Then I tried different blend modes and liked Multiply the best.