I’ve been using Photoshop Elements for nearly nine years to edit photos to be used on client websites and for the last year or two, to make Pinterest-worthy blog images. Now that I’m getting back into photography, I’m eager to explore some of its other possibilities.
This project began with the above photo of the sun shining through the fog on Monday morning. I liked it, but knew it was lacking something. I felt it would be much more interesting if there was a bird in the tree (which there often is).
That reminded me of this photo I’d taken about 10 days earlier to see what I could capture with my zoom lens.
Although the photo itself was far from exciting, I began to see the possibilities. I removed the background and sized down the crow so I could add it to the tree in my original shot.
My husband wondered how it would look with the tree full of birds, so I added a couple more.
Which version do you like best?
And what is your opinion of this type of photo manipulation? Is it cheating? Or no different than an artist who adds elements to a painting which weren’t in the actual scene?