Digital photography is wonderful! It allows you to experiment with your images when you take them, and experiment with them after you’ve taken them. You can be as creative as you want, and there don’t seem to be limits to what you can do. It’s really all down to your imagination.
Take this marshmallow for example…
I was trying some creative lighting techniques in the studio, and came up with the idea of illuminating the marshmallow from the inside. It wasn’t the easiest thing to do, but it worked really well. I reckon it made the marshmallow look like a mini “volcano”. Just a bit of contrast enhancement in Photoshop, and it was done.
You don’t need to go to extent of using a studio to get creative images. Here I’ve photographed a car rear light cluster using a cheap optical toy – an insect eye kaleidoscope – on a digital compact camera. It’s made a really interesting abstract image.
Again there’s not much post-processing done in Photoshop, just a bit of contrast enhancement, resizing and sharpening. I used my Panasonic Lumix FX-500 compact camera for this image, as the lens fitted nicely inside the toy. It’s a good example of the fact that you don’t always need, (or as in this case, can’t use!!), a complex DSLR to get great images.
The last image is a bit more complex as it’s actually three images combined. The basic images are of smoke, which has been backlit in the studio with a remote flash. You need to be very delicate with your movements and breathing when you’re taking smoke images because if you charge around, the air currents can completely spoil the smoke patterns. The fun, and colour, in this image comes from Photoshop.
I can’t put the whole process into this blog post, but basically I’ve taken one colour channel (Red or Green or Blue) from each of the three images, and recombined them into one new image. It’s great fun to do, and you can get a completely different set of colours by taking a different combination of images/colour channels.
My photography training workshop, “The Creative Eye”, is designed to help you to free your photographic imagination, so you can start experimenting with your own creative photography. At the time of writing this post (4th Feb 2010), there are still places on the February 20th 2010 course at Stanton House Hotel near Swindon.
So, what can you do with a marshmallow?