Digital Art – My Attempt at Photoshop

Over the past few years, and more so recently, I’ve seen and been intrigued with different digital manipulations of photos, especial HDR techniques. Check out Image Spike in my blog roll, or the Visual Thoughts blog that I visit. Finally, check out Dave Hill Photo for some amazing manipulations to portraits.

In the past, I’ve never been to big into photoshopping. I tended to think that if I couldn’t get the image correct in the camera, then it just wasn’t meant to be. But seeing more and more of these images, and how they can create a different feel than a photograph will ever be able to do, I finally decided to see what I could do. I took a few photos at the end of the day on Saturday of the guys gathering and packing up their chutes. When I saw the images on my computer, I thought these would be perfect photos to try to manipulate. I searched the web for some techniques (because I don’t have CS2 with the Merge to HDR feature) and finally found a few methods that I thought would give me the effect I was looking for. I tried a variation of a technique shared by Nill Photo Album (, but removed the last step (I didn’t want the red rusty color) and played with the opacity of the color dodge layer. I also found that I needed to start with a seriously under saturated image to keep the photo from being ridiculously over saturated at the end. So here is an image of Neil Amonson after his jump.


Neil Amonson after his base jump.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

~ by cruxphoto on November 13, 2007.

7 Responses to “Digital Art – My Attempt at Photoshop”

  1. i like it! thanks for sharing the info

  2. Well done Nate!

  3. Nate this is spectacular and could be the cover of a book. Beautiful work!

  4. I thought just as you about photoshopping but seeing the work you’ve done hear, maybe it would be usefull to at least learn how…great job by the way.

  5. Great stuff Nate!

  6. I think you’ve done a fantastic job, and as mentioned before, it wouldn’t be out of place gracing the front cover of a book.

  7. Excellent work Nate!

    Adding artistic photo manipulation to your tools in your quest for photographic excellence opens up a whole new dimension to explore…that can only be good my friend!

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