Disclaimer: I did not take these pictures! They are here for a "makeover". Go here to find out the whole story.
I have been playing around with texture in photoshop for quite some time now and marveling at its power. Take a look at Jesh de Rox on my sidebar if you like these kinds of texture overlays - he is the one that got me started on it! The right texture or overlapping textures can add, enhance or subdue an emotion in a photograph. Plus, it helps when you have pictures with glaring fluorescent light overhead, enhancing...foreheads. Ouch. So, here's what I did to help out two quintessential getting ready shots - one for Casey and one for Paige.
Casey: Mom pinning on boutonniere.
Problem: Casey is so tall that the light is right in his face. Poor guy!
He is so happy, just beaming, so this picture is definitely a keeper....now what to do.....
I tried to crop it a teeny bit and then convert to black and white - sometimes that's all you have to do.
Still glaring, I went for the risk and added some serious texture here - and I really do love the outcome! **Texture is not for everyone, and I admit it had to grow on me at first...but once it clicked, now I am hooked!** There are two layers here, both adding motion and a bit of color to the black and white.
It's ironic, because looking at it closer, this texture actually makes his forehead more bright and glaring, but I think since the it adds so much emotion to the picture, his beaming smile is more obvious now and the forehead is less of a distraction to the picture as a whole. Hmm.
Paige: Makeup time - an iconic moment! Again, the light is just so harsh, it's unflattering to her. Clutter in background is distracting. Though, a keeper since it could be great without the light and there is no other to take it's place.
Again, a closer crop and a black and white. This one looked much more dramatic for the moment with this change alone. Reminds me of a Vegas showgirl getting ready for her performance!
But I think the brightness of her face still needed a little subduing. So, I added a paper texture behind this one. Love the burnout look it ended up creating...
So? What do you think? I would appreciate your comments here - I am taking some creative risks and would love to know your honest opinion - good or bad - be brutally honest! What do YOU think of the modifications?
More tomorrow....storyboards galore!