I have been taking pictures now with my Canon for over a year. I struggle with the idea of my photos as art. Some simply aren’t. Some are just snapshots to accompany an informational article. Some are rather nicely composed with nice light and might be considered artistic. Yet I haven’t printed a single one to hang on a wall at my house. It’s just a lack of confidence, I suppose. Still, I also want to do more with my photos to make them more… well… artsy… So, I finally installed Photoshop on my computer and am trying to teach myself to use it.
I find some of my inspiration online:
I love the work posted on Flickr by “*Sabine*”. I’ve lifted just one of her images for this blog post. It is linked back to her photostream on Flickr. Please click on the image here and take some time to look at her work. I think it is brilliant. She inspires me.
Recently, she has joined a Flickr Group called the Dictionary of Image. The idea in this group is that you add text to a photo in such a way that together you have the ultimate definition of the word. This is just one of Sabine’s entries into that group, and I find all of them enchanting.
I’m also inspired by Bonnie Bruno (Photo Buffet). She pairs images with inspirational quotes. Click on the image at the right to see her blog. Her images are taken from nature, but enhanced to a dreamlike state.
I’ve been playing with a couple of my images, imitating the work I’ve seen online. (I hope those I imitate will remember that imitation is the greatest form of flattery!)
Here are two of my experiments with Photoshop:
Let me know what you think!