One thing I admire is craftsmanship – the ability to create something beautiful and / or useful – and that mastery of tools to create that item. By making the decision to understand the photographic software I am using in greater depth, the computer and programs are shifting from just things to play with to make a photograph look better to creative tools in the creative process. Granted, the physical task is not the same as working in a darkroom – and not as fun. But by plumbing the depths of different software, I am finding a creative outlet I haven’t had before. Really strange this new mindset . . .
To learn anything, to master anything, to go beyond mastery into artistry, takes time, talent, inspiration, patience, accidents, tangents. I can honestly say that this change in perspectives occurred when I took the picture below further than I ever conceived possible . . .
I chose this photo because I like the shadows cast by the fern. I thought initially it would be good in black and white, which I think is something I will eventually do, but I just grabbed it at random to use as a photo in a follow-along of an OnOne Perfect Photo Suite video lesson.
I have never used textures to process an image, but a post by Brian Matiash featuring a picture I really liked, tweaked my interest to the point I looked up this video. Step by step, I followed Liz, choosing the ferns, importing some textures, working with her as she moved along. I really didn’t think too much about making a picture I liked, I thought about learning more about Perfect Photo Suite. Well . . . I did learn more about the program, but I also learned that I really could get something I liked that was not horrifically ugly.
I had fun, and better, discovered that I could find a sense of creative satisfaction sitting at a computer working on a photo.
Oh, here it is in black and white . . .