January 26, 2015

Be Still

BeStill 2a. David Hayes, 2015

I'm not one to have the patience or the staying power to take on-line workshops...I usually drop out mid-way from neglect or boredom. I'm hoping to change that with the workshop I have just started, "BeStill52" run by Kim Klassen. My reasoning is to sharpen my still-life photo skills and at the same time getting back to using Adobe LightRoom and Photoshop, both have sat dormant on my desktop for any number of years. So we'll see what happens!

Our first challenge didn't involve any actual photography, just some set-up activities and the like. So far so good. The second challenge has us working with a very simple set-up and exploring the use of negative space in our images using the Rule of Thirds and a 5:4 ratio. 

For the image above, "BeStill 2a", I applied these concepts shooting with my iPhone6 native camera app. I then used the app Handy Photo to remove blemishes and the app VSCO to apply a filter much like what Kim uses in Lightroom and then in Photoshop.

BeStill 2b., David Hayes, 2015.

In this version "BeStill 2b", I used the same source image and used several filters from the app Stackables to give it more of a grunge look...and something more to my style!

I also shot this set-up using my Nikon D90 DSLR but haven't had the opportunity to work with those images. My plan is to download them into Lightroom and then apply the LR preset and PS filter Kim used in her demo. Hopefully I will have that for you to see very soon.


amy of four corners design said...

looks like you are doing quite well in the class...anticipating more as the year progresses...

Carole Reid said...

Hurrah for giving the class a go.
Love the grunge look.
Looking forward to seeing what you do with all you learn in the coming weeks. How many weeks total?

Roxi Hardegree said...

Like you, my mobile devices have gotten more work out than my computer the past couple years. I really like these. It'll be good for me to revisit these lessons through the new group.