Photoshop is Fun - Harold Fritsche

Photoshop is Fun

     There's an old saw. "The camera doesn't lie". To the extent that was ever true, it no longer is. With the advent of the digital age and Photoshop, it is extremely easy to manipulate photos. One can readily remove distracting power lines, trash, signs and other elements. Beyond that, one can replace skies and other backgrounds or even put people or other objects where they weren't.

    

     Anyone reasonably proficient with Photoshop can do these things and for those who are true experts, there is virtually nothing that they cannot do with an image. Whether they should or not is a matter for another discussion.

    

  Notwithstanding the ethics of the matter, playing around with images in Photoshop is often just plain fun. I'd like to share a few composite images. For those who own the full version of Photoshop, this may be old hat. But if you use a less capable photo editor or, perhaps, no editor at all, I hope to whet your appetite and encourage you to move further into this wonderful hobby of photography.


     One of the most common alterations is to replace a dull or uninteresting sky with a more interesting one. Here, the image is the original as adjusted in Lightroom.


     These two images have had the nearly washed-out sky replaced with a warmer and more colorful one. As is often true, a close examination of the photo will give hints that the sky and the rest of the image do not belong together. Can you find any of these?


Griz

     This one was a little more involved than it may appear. If you look at the extreme right of the bottom photo, you may notice that the background there looks strikingly similar to that farther to the left.


     A picture of my eight-year-old grandson near a beach in Hawaii a couple of years ago.


     A different background made for a fun picture. It embarrassed Robby but everyone else got a laugh. (Can you see anything that makes this one not quite right?)


These two images were obviously taken with the composite in mine.


The resulting image was pretty much seamless.


These two were also shot with a particular result in mind. It worked well.


  These examples were all done with Photoshop. I am fairly sure that it could also have been accomplished in Photoshop Elements, as well, a much less expensive program. Worth noting, however, that Adobe now offers their Creative Cloud version of Lightroom and Photoshop on a subscription basis for $10 per month. Not a bad deal and worth looking into.