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Has a broken rib improved my images?

Photoshop Manipulation by Tim Hill

OK, maybe a silly title with a little bit of click bait in there but let me explain how breaking a rib could very much help my finished images in the future.

I have not been able to work for the past couple of weeks due to breaking a rib while working in blizzard conditions, when we really should not have been out and in a situation where I could break a rib to start with, but that’s another story. The pressures of a modern workplace in 2018.

A broken rib is painful as anyone who has ever hurt their ribs will tell you. A good and fairly comfortable position was (and still is) sat up in my computer chair, most of my time over the past two weeks have been spent doing this and after a bit of luck, I have put this time to very good use.  At the start of my time at home, I was looking around YouTube at the normal photography channels that I subscribe to. Not much was catching my eye until I notice videos that YouTube was recommending to me. Mixed in there were tutorials on Photoshop manipulation. I have never been good with Photoshop and to be honest have shied away from it a bit, also, up-to-now, I have mainly used Lightroom and Luminar to processing 90% of my images on a weekly basis.

I was really impressed at the end resulting image that was shown at the start of the Photoshop manipulation tutorial, so much so that I watch it all the way through for around 20 minutes and watched in fascination as the image came together more and more after each step, producing a really cool, and in my eyes beautiful images at the end of the tutorial. I was hooked, I had to have a go myself. The tutorial was this one, mentioned in my last blog post. My first finished photoshop manipulation was not perfect but I had put hours of enjoyment and a couple of headaches into it and come through the other side with a finished image I was proud of. I had found a new interest and was hooked. I can’t yet go out with the camera and take pictures so I have done a fair few manipulations since the first one and found a new enjoyable way to be creative, and keep me amused while I am injured at the same time.

So how can doing Photoshop Manipulations help my photography? I have taken images before that, for example, have been lovely long exposures of a silky smooth lake, but due to the way the clouds and sky were on the day, the sky looked far better as a single short/normal exposure. I now have the know-how to easy and seamlessly blend the 2 exposures together in Photoshop creating one image with smooth water and a moody looking clouds sky. This is something other photographers do all the time and something that can look very natural if done properly.

Has good come out of bad? I think so, I now have a far better understanding of the basics of Photoshop which in turn will really help future image processing I’m sure.

In no particular order, here are a small sample of the Photoshop Manipulations I have done over the past couple of weeks along with a link to the tutorial and free stock images used.

H O M E   T I M E

Photoshop Manipulation by Tim Hill

Credit to Andhika Zanuar for providing the tutorial that I followed.

Stock images used:

Human by andhikazanuar
Forest by i-am-JENius

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A D M I R E   T H E   V I E W

Photoshop Manipulation by Tim Hill

Credit to Andhika Zanuar for the great tutorial I followed.

Stock images used:

Human by andhikazanuar
Clouds by CathleenTarawhiti
Ground by eliatra-stock

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G H O S T   O F   C H E R N O B Y L

Photoshop Manipulation by Tim Hill

Credit to Photoshop Tutorials for creating the tutorial I used.

Stock images used:

Model by mjranum-stock
Chernobyl by Amort1939
Lamp by AliceKeyStudio
Lens flare package – PSD by Brusheezy

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Full credit to the original stock artists, thank you!

Any questions welcome and answered…


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I am a landscape/seascape photographer from Pontefract, West Yorkshire, England. All comments appreciated and answered.

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