The Making Of A Professional Quality Stock Photo

Time is precious and we don’t want it to slip away that easy without taking advantage of its significance. To circumvent waste of time, Snapshot can be a great help to us.

The cloudy sky image was also from a 35mm slide. I had all the transparencies scanned on a drum scanner at a separation house. It cost me a hefty $110.00 a scan, and each scan was transferred to me via SyQuest disk.

When I first decided to do this image I went to a demolition site in San Francisco and shot a few images. It was, however, immediately apparent that the reality didn’t match my mental picture. What I had pictured in my mind as a wrecking ball was a steel ball on the end of a chain…smashing through brick and concrete as it swing laterally from the end of a crane. In reality, it is a tear-shaped concrete device on the end of a cable usually being “dropped” onto a building…at least that is what I was witnessing as I set about shooting that demolition scene. My “imagined image” was far more graphic and powerful than the real one. I decided to go with the perception rather than the reality.

Designing 3D photographic effects has become easier with Photoshop Extended version. Through clever use of Photoshop’s Datat Masking Software and layers, you can design characters that weave in and out of each other. You can modify the characters’ faces by applying effects such as patterns, gradients and lines. It is better to start by producing each letter separately in a 3D program and then import them into a Photoshop document. Keep each letter in its own layer, and then arrange them around each other, in whatever way looks good to you. If you mask parts of individual letters, you can create letters that appear to be both behind other letters while having parts in front of them at the same time. You can then add other graphic design effects such as lighting and shadows.

When is the best time to photograph waterfalls, you ask? Well, the answer is at sunrise. It will also be fine if you happen to photograph waterfalls while it’s cloudy and the sun isn’t too strong. You will need the light to be soft and diffused.

Another point to keep in mind once you’ve set a slow shutter speed is to watch out for the wind – where the wind is coming. For instance, if the wind blows and results movements among the tree branches, you capturing that scene will only result in a blurred photograph.

Whether you are making sure to get the right shot when you take the photo or if you are fixing it later in Photoshop, one thing is for sure, the more you practice with all of these tools the faster you will have images on par with a professional photographer.


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