Photography is constantly evolving and moving forward....sometimes backwards and even sideways. It's important to keep up with the current trends. There are so many amazing photographers out there and thankfully they offer classes and give the students an upfront seat to how they became successful. I follow so many good ones and take as many classes as I can. I am currently taking a class from one of my favorites, Tara Mapes. It's a painterly master class. I fell in love with this style of photography, right from the beginning. I'm not even sure I would call it photography but rather digital art. It's taking an image and changing it into a surreal piece of art. That could be in a painterly fashion, or even surrealism, where you hyper impose the image. The options with digital art are endless. You can take a daytime image, adjust the image to look like night, throw up a moon and add some fog and scary lights and bam....digital art!!
It's taken me almost four years to get where I am in photoshop. It's not easy to navigate without knowing the basics. I've spent countless hours watching YouTube videos, I've signed up for monthly subscriptions and asked so many questions! It's a passion of mine and I can get lost in editing for hours! The amount of satisfaction you get from the final image is worth every minute of training. The image pinned to this post is something I edited today. In my painterly masterclass Tara showed us how to pick an image from a public domain painting and then add one of your images in to match the scene. It was one of the more difficult images I've edited. The little girl in the front is my daughter, the one looking at the camera. Let me know what you think or if you have any public domain paintings you would like me to play with....I'm always up for a good editing challenge.