Digital Photography Art

Photography is all about capturing images either on film or as digital images. Digital photography art take it a step further, producing works of beauty using additional skills. Producing digital photography art can be as basic as making clever poster effects to turning images into something that looks much more like a painting than a photograph. Digital photography art may also involve using special effects.

Whilst the approach you take when you take a photograph will determine how artistic the finish product is likely to be, digital photography art depends more on computer effects used later than on the effects you use when you actually take the picture.

The different Filters for Digital Photography Art

For example, there are many different filters that you can apply to pictures using various image editing packages, Photoshop for example. These may be used on there own or in combination with one another, or even with other techniques. For example you can use a lens flare filter to create the effect of direct sunlight entering the lens. You can use a crystallize filter for creating textures and making unusual shapes from blocks of colour within a picture. A stained glass filter will enable you to apply texture and light, and mimic a stained glass window.

Poster effects are great fun, especially those that mimic pop art in the very best Andy Warhol style. If you have an image editing package, try playing around with a portrait you have taken, using the colour palette to create a bright, cheerful effect. To do this in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, you would use Layers to brighten and then flatten the image. Then you would use the Filter, Adjust and then Posterise the image. Next step would be to increase the size of the canvas so that you can fit more than one image into it. Then with the posterise layer still active, make a new layer. Make colour adjustments to each new layer you create and adjust the hue/saturation. You can create unusual effects that literally transform an ordinary portrait. Then Merge Visible or Flatten, depending on the programme, and save the file. You can stick to natural colours or change them completely to create a gimmicky surreal effect.

To create painted effects, you need to use a combination of filters and masks in your image editing programme. You'll find these in the programmed labelled names like Watercolour, Fresco or Rough pastels. That's all you need to create some stunning digital photography art.

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