Combine your point of view for digital art
Once you have a library of images that show your point of view, you can often find two unrelated images that because you have a point of view can be combined in a piece of digital art.
A reflection from a pond and the moon – Emergence
A image of a boat’s docking port and ships of a fishing fleet – Portal View
A flower and a wilderness landscape – Alone in the wilderness
Combining effects from different programs can be a creative advantage.
In creating digital art don’t be afraid to use effects from more than one program. For me it takes a combination of several tools like different filters or transformation tools to get the right effect. Don’t be afraid of using some of the stock art filters in conjunction with manual manipulation to create your art.
Colors and textures in Art Photography set the tone.
One way to set tone in your art is to use Colors and textures in Art Photography. Many different programs allow you to modify your digital photography, the key is to apply your knowledge of the color wheel when developing the tone in the image. I wanted to convey a darker mood in this image and thus kept enhancing the earth tones in the image. When I was happy with the feel that the tones gave, I then added just a bit of texture to drive the over all dark feeling.
Photographic Digital Art
If you are using programs like Photoshop or On1 don’t be afraid to use some of the more artistic tools. Take sometime to play with them and perhaps you will find an art tool that will mix well with your photographic sensibilities through Photographic Digital Art.
Artistic Tools found in software programs can help you create digital photographic art from your digital photographs.
The biggest payback of trying to create photographic digital art from your photography is that it will help develop your artistic point of view.
It is always good to learn the past history of doing “things”, but it is bad if you blindly follow a set of rules -especially in art. The above image breaks many rules in photography. It is taken at an F stop that has sharpness issues due to diffraction,it was taken without a Neutral Density density filter to blur the water, and it was taken with a lens seldom used for landscapes (long telephoto). But I didn’t have a ND filter with me, I only had a really long lens, and I needed low ISO, slow shutter speeds, and a small F stop to get the proper exposure for the effect. So I ask you, did breaking the rules work?
For Dramatic B&W images use HDR
When you convert color images to B&W for digital, if your software has a HDR filter use it on the color version before you convert to B&W for maximum tonal range:
I know so many photographers and other types of artists that are afraid of doing something different. Here is an exercise for you, take a picture or painting you really like that you’ve done and change it. Make several different versions in different styles – go from oils to water colors, color to black and white, or from realistic to interpretive. Experiment and find a new point of view:
I liked the photograph but not nearly as much as this digital art rendition.