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Today’s been an adventure on the desktop. With an assignment from my BetterPhoto class with Jim Zuckerman, Making Money with Your Photography, the challenge had been set.
This week’s homework? Creating artistic photographs for display at an art gallery. Working with a collection of boat photos that were taken during my stay at Mount Desert Island, Maine, I began my creations.
First downloading a 15-day trial of Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 as a plug-in to Lightroom 4.3, the adventure began. With some minor Lightroom edits, I selected five photos and one by one began editing them with Silver Efex. Easily linking within Lightroom, the photo is exported to Silver Efex. There are 37 B&W presets that you can chose from, and from there begin the individual process of choosing different film type effects and modifying things like shadows, grain, etc.
The photo is then saved and you’re transported right back into Lightroom where additional edits can be made if necessary. Let me just say..I’m in LOVE with this software combination. With such ease of use, intuitive software and creative effects, you can be assured I’ll be purchasing this software, along with the Color Efex version.
The next step was to upload the edited images to My SmugMug website to start building a solid portfolio of my photos for purchase. But wait, we’re not done !
I’ve been wanting to work on my watermark for a while now, especially with the feature that SmugMug offers. Create a watermark and it will be displayed on the photo. If the photo is purchased, the watermark disappears on the print copy.
First to create the watermark with Photoshop Elements 10. It took me quite some time as I find Elements cumbersome and not very intuitive. After some grumbling and fussing I finally created my simple watermark and uploaded it to an unpublished gallery at SmugMug. The image is then assigned as a watermark photo and is available for placement on the portfolio images.
Once back at my designated gallery “Artistic Boats” I went into gallery settings and assigned my watermark and magically they are now on the photos!
Ok, so it’s not officially a photo I took today, but I think the amount of work I put into creating these five images more than makes up for it. Today’s learning session certainly causes me to admire the professional photographers out there that seem to do this so easily. I hope my growth pains help you if you are creating a portfolio as well.