In this assignment I dealt with a new composition technique to further improve my photographs: Fill the Frame.
Surprisingly, it deals with filling the frame, the photo, with as much as possible. A good photograph shouldn't have too much blank space, which is unnecessary for the photographs object, atmosphere or message. For some pictures, it can even get so far, that parts of the main object are cropped out. But sometimes the pictures story is defined by details, so it's important to make sure the right amount of details or background is not lost by the cropping. Here are a couple of shots, in which I especially paid attention to that aspects. Thanks Meeghin for modeling!
Furthermore, I decided to edit the pictures on a bit more intense level. Therefore I used three new techniques in Photoshop which I want to display here too.
In the first one, I used a texture by Nathan Anderson to give the photo a different look than before. The very detailed texture gives the beautiful shot showing Meeghin with a beautiful sunset in the background a more chiseled and crispy appearance. It almost looks like it was captured by an older camera.
The second new technique is my personal favorite. With Photoshop it's possible to blend a color to a picture. That can not also improve lighting and color at certain spots, but it can create a certain mood in the picture. In that particular example, I added a blue overlay and blended it with the Soft Light mode. By turning the opacity down, the transition between the two pictures went very smooth which I'm very satisfied with.
The third and last new photoshop technique deals with Smart Filters. A filter modifies the pictures structure by making it look like it was painted for example. A filter can also add noise or smoothen certain spots in a picture. To the picture below, a shot showing Meeghin with the sun and a street light in the background (which makes it look like there were two suns a bit), I used the Smart Filter "Fresco" by converting a layer into a smart object and then adding the filter. Even though I admittedly don't use filters a lot, I'm kinda satisfied with this result.
By creating these shots, I learned a lot of new stuff dealing with the making of a picture and the editing in Photoshop. I really enjoyed this little task.
My favorite shot of all these ones probably is the one with Meeghin in the slideshow. I love the way the shadows and the sunset in the background leave space for interpretation and the moody atmosphere thats created by the overall color.