A Tranquil Photograph Turns Chaos to Calm
How To Make a Lackluster Photo Enticing
This is the photograph I experimented with when I learned how to get more out of a lackluster photo . I love the composition, the way the lines invite the viewer into the scene.
But there was something out of sync between the way I felt when I was on site, and the way the photograph makes me feel, looking at it on the screen.
Now, I'll share how I learned to transform the ordinary shot into one of stunning beauty. It involves a little trick that managed to evade my notice for all the years that I've owned a digital camera.
Even before I bought the camera I owned an application called PhotoDeluxe, that was geared towards amateurs. My trusty 35mm camera had long since retired into the ranks of the camera-infirm, contently playing out its days in the seclusion of my tattered, but still cushy, camera bag.
One could hardly call me a pro at picture taking, although my former photographs possessed a measure of intrigue, and slides of my artwork gave it a fair showing. I bought a 1.25mb digital camera at a close-out sale, and felt like i suddenly owned the world.
With the little camera I shot most of my early Squidoo lens photos, but seldom printed out any prints. Eventually its limitations caught up with me, since the largest artwork file I could print out (and still retain quality), was very small.
Once I got my DSLR into my hands my photo world changed, and I bought PhotoShop Elements, as a starter photo app. I missed the shortcuts from PhotoDeluxe, and found it challenging to learn to navigate on my own. Where Deluxe had guided me, using steps which had become second nature, Elements required trial and error education.
I consider the first edition chaotic in that it lacks the calming focus of the finished image.
This one simple step can change the way you view and show your photos.
photo credits: I took all the photographs
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The Final Edited Photograph of Calm
How I Made the Changes
Open the Application
1. Select Layer/Duplicate Layer
2. Click "Layers" on the Menu Bar
3. Name the New Layer "high pass" and Click "OK"
4. Change from "Normal" to "Overlay" in the Layers Column on right
5. Highlight "Overlay" in the Layers Palette.
6. Click on the High Pass layer in the Layers Palette to select it.
Under Filers on the menu bar,
Go to "Other"
Click on "High Pass.
Enter a number between 5 and 10 in the little dialogue window
7. Change the opacity of the high pass layer to 50; slide it further towards 100, and let it stay where the pic looks best
8. Save your file
The advantage in working in this manner is that your original file lies unaltered. You have added a layer which you can alter or leave alone, and simply hide, to create another new layer on which to work other high pass changes.
Open Your Image Now
Open Your Layers Palette
1) Select "Duplicate Layer"
From the drop-down Layers list on the Palette on the right side.
2) Click "Layers" on the Menu Bar
and Click "High Pass."
3) Name new Layer "High Pass"
Or, give it another name that makes sense to you.
4) Change from "Normal" to "Overlay"
in the Layers Palette on the right.
5) Highlight Overlay in the Layers Menu
Select Layer/Other/High Pass from the Layers palette on the right, or on the drop-down list from the Layers on the menu bar.
6) High Pass Layer
Highlight your High Pass Layer.
Go to "Filters" on Menu Bar
Go to "Other"
Click on "High Pas
Enter a number between 5 and 10 in the small window box
and Click "OK."
7) Slide Layer's Opacity Marker to 50 - on layers' palette on the right side
Slide it further towards 100, and let it stay where the pic looks best.
This image shows the high pass layer highlighted and the first layer hidden.
Click to show the original layer with the high pass layer, and your picture is perfect.
Here's the Finished Image Again
Very small changes can mean significant enhancements.
High Pass Layer Tutorials
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