IF THERE’S ONE THING I’ve learned about photography, it’s that you never stop learning.
Take, for example, my recent discovery that even
not-so-good bad images can be salvaged via the magic of digital editing.
Well, you’re probably thinking right about now, “Duh, Audrey, everyone knows that.”
Sure I am aware photos can be cropped, sharpened, contrast changed, etc. I’ve used all of those basic editing tools.
But how about transforming a ho-hum, out-of-focus and/or low-light photo into a work of art? It can be done with minimal effort. I basically just play around with artistic and other editing tools until I achieve results which please my eyes and fit whatever mood or effect I’m trying to achieve.
Most important, I approach my photos from an artistic, rather than a purely photojournalistic, perspective.
Now I know everyone is not going to like artsy photos. When I gushed to my husband about the images I’d edited, he viewed the “before” and “after” and stated emphatically that he preferred the originals. I wasn’t about to sway his opinion. He was clear on that.
That said, here are some original and reworked photos from Louie’s Toy Box Farm Toy Show held recently in St. Peter. I aimed primarily for a more vintage look, in most instances, given the subjects are vintage collectibles. With other photos, I emphasized strong lines and colors, or lack thereof, for a more modern art approach.
Now if I was particularly tech savvy, which I am not, I’d be capable of producing even more creative photo art. But I’ve much to learn still and that keeps photography interesting.
© Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling