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2016-17 Digital Photo Product - Laura L

"Mug Shot

Process:

After I got the idea for this image, I filled a coffee cup full of water and went outside to my side porch. This photo was taken on a Canon Rebel T3 DSLR camera in manual mode during the winter. I adjusted my settings by increasing my shutter speed to capture the movement of the water with minimal blur. I simultaneously dropped a small rock into the coffee cup with my left hand, while my camera rested on the ground and my right hand pressed the button to take the picture. After the photo was taken, I took several steps to enhance the picture subtly in Photoshop. To start out, I added a sharpen layer to the entire piece and I used the sharpener brush to further sharpen the slightly more blurry parts of the piece, like the moving water. I added a levels layer and decreased the highlights, and added a curves layer and increased the contrast and mid-tones. I added a slight warming filter to make the picture’s tone less harsh, and a levels layer to darken the overall image. Then, I added a layer mask to the entire image, increased the saturation, and used a brush to remove that effect off of the bricks and table in the background. Finally, my piece was complete and I was happy with the results.