From Clicking to Creating – Week 1 2017
All right, let’s get this year of challenges started.
Week 1 for the Dogwood challenge was harder for me than I thought it would be. The challenge is Look Ahead, with the category being Vision.
Vision: This category is designed to push you to go beyond sight, to insight; to take inspiration and make it a reality. Vision exists in your imagination and is revealed your photographs; expressing something otherwise invisible. Developing a Vision for your work is showing to others what you see in your mind’s eye.
I finally decided to shoot this road that is usually pretty empty of cars. I went out at sunrise because I wanted a softer light in the image. Because there was no traffic I was able to stand in the middle of the road and frame the shot to accentuate the road ahead. The meaning for me is looking ahead at an open road that goes new places, or holds new adventures.
I also shot it in landscape mode, but I like this view better. This is the original image.
Because the sun was not quite up yet, I had to do some work in lightroom to brighten it up. These are the overall adjustments I made to the image. Changing the white balance on a photo like this is probably the most important thing to start with.
I also used the adjustment brush to bring out the sky some more. This shows the brush in red so you can see what I did.
The 2LilOwls prompt this week is outside. Since I love the outside, this was pretty easy for me. And as always, Torrey is my great model.
This is the original, crooked image. We climbed this little hill late in the day so I could get Torrey and I watching the sunset. I ended up liking these images with the sun flares, and good lighting.
This image didn’t need much lightroom help.
I want to share a couple of quick lightroom tips for those that have it. There are so many adjustments on the right hand side, and sometimes stuff gets missed. One basic, and helpful thing to always do is check the box to enable profile corrections. This will fix any lens distortion if shooting wide angle, and tells lightroom what camera and lens you are using. This is only available if you are shooting RAW however, which I 100% recommend for many reasons.
I read about this trick a couple years ago, and I wish I had known it sooner. Towards the bottom on the right hand side is this adjustment.
Where it says Profile there are several options, the default is Adobe Standard. My camera is set to shoot camera standard, so if this is set to Adobe standard the colors are not quite right. Make sure that what your camera is set to shoot, this matches. Another trick that helps with some images, is the blue saturation slider. Sometimes…not always, increasing this will brighten an image, and bring out the colors. It’s worth playing with to see what it can do for you.
Next week the Dogwood challenge is Color Harmony. This website by Adobe is a great tool to learn about complimentary colors. On the left hand side of the screen are several options to play around with, that can help you with next weeks challenge.
Ok, lets see what you guys created this week.
Just an FYI, I have fixed the comments so you can place a link in the comment field. That way you can share a photo from an online photo sharing site, or connect to a blog post if you like. I also created a hashtag on Instagram #fromclickingtocreating. So that’s another great way to share our photos.