Geraniums in Nantucket. I used a Florabella action and one of her textures on this.
The original photo is OK, just kind of ordinary. I’m learning to take different approaches to the same thing and mix it up with actions and textures. Sometimes you can hide flaws with textures, but not much will fix a lousy composition. Textures should be used to add interest or drama, but that’s my opinion.
My textures are very simple at this point. The most I’ll do is one or two, and I don’t do layer upon layer. I think you can overdo, and then the photo turns into a jumbled mess. Again, my opinion. Plus I don’t want to spend hours on one shot. I have too much to learn and do.
Here’s the before:
Cropping is the main adjustment I make to photos. I tend to shoot tightly, especially with the macro lens, so I’ve started shooting a little larger and cropping later. I may lose a few pixels, but I can live with that. This was also the only shot of the geraniums, because I was on vacation and not in photographer mode. A difficult balance sometimes, but I think I’m making it work. I also have a very patient husband.
When I traveled years ago, I felt like I had to get every single shot, because I might not be there again. In many cases, that was true. But I don’t want to experience everything through a camera lens. I want to just be in the places I’m visiting, especially on vacation. Sometimes you just have to put the camera down.
Hope you’re all having a good Wednesday….