Image Enhancement With iPhoto
by Lee Fritch
Enjoyed reading (and saving, as always) your latest on using the computer to explore compositions from photos. I am glad to see that others are doing this. Some purists might look down on it, but I see nothing wrong with using it to ideate before doing the actual painting. It would be another matter to enhance the finished work for submission to a show, or as a sale teaser.....that's a no no.
Note: All images can be clicked to see the larger original version that was submitted.
I have attached three photos to show you how I have done that for my painting Lonesome Pine which made the OWS traveling show in '07. I use iPhoto+ also.....and find it plenty sufficient to do as much as I need right now.
Photo #1 (RawLonesomePine) is a shot of a pine tree in the Canaan Valley of West Virginai...taken many falls ago at one of my favorite Plein Air spots. It is very Grey and washed out...I mention that because I have found that the worse the photo is...the more I can do with it to pump up the image for painting.
Photo #2 (Canaan2) is the result of working with iPhoto to flip the image left to right ( I am always amazed at how different that can look to my right side brain), adjust color balance and hue, and light and contrast.
Photo #3 (LonesomePine) is the resulting watercolor ...almost a full sheet. It was done in one-go and just fell together! That only happens with only one in 50 paintings...but I love when it happens.
I plan to do many more paintings following this approach, and am curious if after several more I will be able to ideate more creatively without the help of the computer.
Thank you for you "Tips"......they are so helpful.
Best to you,
Lee Fritch (To visit my website, click here