9 creative photo ideas to try in March

9 creative photo ideas to try in March 2014

Creative Photo Ideas for March: 04 Give slides a new lease on life

Creative Photo Ideas for March: 04 Give slides a new lease on life

Rather than scanning in your old transparencies and negatives and simply letting them gather digital dust on a forgotten hard drive, why not manipulate them in Photoshop to produce a fresh new image?

Fernand Hick has been using this approach effectively to produce artistic images from his bulging film back catalogue.

Take this shot, The Joy of Spring, which sees several images originally shot on Agfachrome RS 100 film, blended together to produce a dreamy end result.

“The landscape was taken with a 500mm mirror lens and lightly worked in Photoshop with the Warp tool,” says Fernand.

Of course, there were a few more steps involved, including adjusting the dimensions of the girls using the Transform tool, applying masks and using the Brush tool to blend the various parts of the images.

Fernand describes himself as “an atmosphere photographer”, and encourages other photographers to find the time to dream and discover that inspiration.

“Photograph what you like and the way you like it,” he advises. Don’t imitate others, and don’t ever try to please a jury.”

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Get started today…
* Make sure you keep back-ups of your original copies stored as TIFFs on a separate hard drive.
* Take some time to touch up your scans. You may need to tweak the colour balance, for instance, or clone out scratches and other blemishes. Grain may also be obvious, although this can add to the atmosphere of the final picture.
* Work with adjustment layers and masks, which will allow you to undo any changes and fine-tune manipulations.

Creative Photo Ideas for March: 01 Shoot a dewdrop flower refraction
Creative Photo Ideas for March: 02 Shoot portraits with props
Creative Photo Ideas for March: 03 Shoot outdoor art
Creative Photo Ideas for March: 04 Give slides a new lease on life
Creative Photo Ideas for March: 05 Shoot with a ring flash
Creative Photo Ideas for March: 06 Use the Orton Effect
Creative Photo Ideas for March: 07 Shoot a rainbow
Creative Photo Ideas for March: 08 Shoot a multiple exposure landscape
Creative Photo Ideas for March: 09 Shoot a vertical panorama

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