How to compose with Light and Shadows
My friend, Laxmi Bharani, :iconblubirdss: , did this picture and asked me for some advices:
I love the vivid colors and the blue light of the background, with its reflections on the girl's hair. Nevertheless, something hearts me in the compositions: the main subject of this picture should be the 2 faces and, mostly, the girl's face, but the violent red of the roses catch the viewer's eye on the flowers. This needs to keep the flowers in the shadow, except for the few parts of them which touch te faces of the models (and we will not forget to add some shadows on the rose in the girl's hair). Like this:
In this prupose, I'll use the technics of the 2 adjustment layers, which very useful when we want to add a heavy shadow (or a bright light).
First, add a Curve layer over the picture, and heavily adjust it to the dark (but
The main faults of a beginner (Me in 2012)... and how to correct them.
Credits and links to the stocks used on the new picture I Ching 05 - Xu (Waiting)
I was a bit ashamed about this picture done in 2012 and chose to redo it entirely (with another house, due to the removal from dA of the first one). But what were the main mistakes and how can we correct them?
Here are the faults which immediately grabbed my eyes:
In 2012, I didn't master the adjustment layers and I tried to blend the pictures together using a full of colored layers (colors picked on every source layer) on a soft light mode: it may be a solution sometimes, but it often gives a bad result as we can see here: The foliages are too yellow compared to the rest of the picture; the house looks like a visible collage; t