I’m taking the year-long Picture Inspiration online course through Big Picture Classes. There is a weekly prompt, and here are my last couple of images for the prompts. Above you see “rhythm,” found in a men’s clothing store in Taormina, and below is “motif,” created from a journal and collection of Florentine papers.
I knew it would be challenging to make the journal the focal point with all of the patterns in this image, so here is what I did to get the final look (all editing in Photoshop Elements 8):
- Captured the image using a 50mm lens set at f/1.4 to get the papers in the background blurred relative to the journal on top. A wide open aperture was necessary in order to blur the background papers, since the journal was not that thick.
- Cropped into a square format, since that is on my mind as this week’s Exploring with a Camera. I took the image with square format in mind, and arranged the papers in the background to show the motif I wanted.
- Adjusted levels to get more contrast, and slightly sharpened the image to make the journal pop a little more.
- Created a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer that was masked to effect the background papers only, and set Saturation to -30 to desaturate the color. The background papers were already blurred by the aperture I chose in the original shot, but by desaturating the colors a little bit more I made the journal more obvious.