Photo Recipe - Subtle Changes for Softer Photos

August 25, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

We were visiting some family's place on the lake. As soon as the kids got out some snacks, out of nowhere we had ducks! Of course, I can't just watch ducks - I have to photograph them!

Sometimes photos are too crisp or just a little boring because of the background. Take this guy... I really like the look of him, but all of the water around him is just green. I just wanted to change it a little bit and soften him up. 

As you can see, this is the image I start with:

Usually the longest part of the process for me is deciding which veils and/or textures I want to use. There are so many that I love, and each one makes subtle changes to the photo. For this one, I went with the Plum from the Vintage Collection, Lemongrass from the Botanical Collection (78% opacity), and Versailles from the Olde World Collection (84% opacity). Here's the final product:

Simple as that! I wasn't looking for a huge change, but I think it softened it enough to give the feel I was looking for. 

To check out Love That Shot's collection of veils and textures, click here to visit their website! If you would like to see more of my work, please visit my website at www.stacywhitephotography.com.


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