A while ago I captured an image that I knew, at the time, was a very good image. So, good in fact that I have sold many prints of my model, Tamryn, and the wind-whipped fabric on a bluff near my studio.
Originally photographed for an on-going series, Outlander, I have been able to present this image in a variety of ways, with and without Photoshop. This is the key to any good image. As I tell my students when I do workshops or in the process of mentoring, “If it ain’t good, it ain’t good!”
This first image of Tamryn (above) is a simple sepia-toned shot (Photoshop), which gives a nice warm tone to the image.
For the next representation of the image (above), I again went into Photoshop, with the added benefit of the Nik Silver Efex plugin. With this very useful plugin I created a seemingly completely different image.
This last “remodel” Vintage came about with a great deal of research and through historical references (non-Photoshop). I wanted to create contemporary images that had the look of work by Imogen Cunningham, Ruth Bernhard, Lucien Clergue, Willy Ronis, and other classic, timeless photographers. I also wanted, however, to give the image the look of something found, damaged; a print that you may have found at a flea market or in the vide-greniers of France. My favorite activity when I visit that beautiful is to wander through open fields or city streets in search of treasures found at the French institution of “emptying the attic” sales.
If you would like to see additional images from the Vintage series, please go here.
How do you make your images look different and, perhaps, a bit more compelling? Let me know what you think of my image “journey.”