I love looking at photographs of foreign places. Perhaps it’s because I rarely go anywhere, so other people’s travel photographs are like windows into an exciting and different world for me. A great photograph can just pick me up and carry me away.
Tim Grey’s “Prayer Sticks” image did that when I first saw it used as an example in one of his many excellent courses. Imagine how delighted I was to see the new course Photoshop Artist in Action: Tim Grey’s “Prayer Sticks,” a whole workshop specifically devoted to that photograph! I had a feeling it would be awesome, and it did not disappoint. Watch and learn as Tim explains the motivation behind this image and his creative vision for the final product. Along the way he shows you how to apply adjustments like converting to black-and-white, adding a color tint, and enhancing contrast, as well as how to clean up the image and take it a step further with filters and vignetting.
In this lesson, Tim demonstrates a subtle technique for toning down distracting elements of the scene. You’ll see how to first identify areas that detract from the intended effect, then use a dodging and burning technique with a soft brush to minimize the distracting factors without losing the original texture or feel. The end result is much more authentic than if you just used the Healing Brush tool to remove the element altogether. Take a look and let me know if you agree.