Chapter 9. Creative Effects

For some nature photographers, the goal is simply to take the best shot they can to document what they see and then to optimize it in Adobe Photoshop. That's fine. Other photographers are latent artists at heart but may believe (rightly or wrongly) that they have no inherent ability to create art from a blank canvas. But given a camera as the starting point and a digital darkroom, they can make magic.

Of course, creativity is an artistic form; not every technique appeals to every photographer, and some images are more suited for one approach than another. As you read through this chapter, consider each technique as a jumping-off point for your own ideas rather than a cookbook approach to creative imagery.

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