Weekly Photo Challenge: Collage

The thing with photo editing is that there is a lot to be learned.  So much, that sometimes I forget how to do something that I have tried before.  When I saw collage as a theme for this week’s photo challenge, I took the opportunity to make something a bit different than what I usually do.  This is the result:

All images originally shot on my iPhone

It has been a few years since I tried something like this, so I started by using these basic directions from Adobe.  Having reviewed the instructions, I thought about the final image I wanted to create. I decided I wanted to focus on nature images taken within the last few months.  I further decided that I wanted to use photos that I had posted on Instagram. When I post to Instagram I often stick with the square format and my nature images often are edited to be full of light and have a dream-like feel to them. This meant that the images would have some commonality, even if the subject differed slightly, and that would help keep the collage together visually.

One step I added to the basic directions was to drop the opacity of each of the photos while they were in separate layers in Photoshop.  I did this to help create the linear but yet non-uniform borders within the collage.  Once I was finished in Photoshop, in Lightroom I increased the clarity and saturation and darkened the corners a bit.

What do you think of my final photo?  There are many ways to create a collage, do you have a favorite editing program to create them?  Feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers!

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25 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Collage

  1. I like the layout and how you choose nature for this challenge them. It’s beautiful without having the lines between the photos, the a dream-like feel is beautifully done.
    Thank you so much, Amy for taking time to walk us through the process! 🙂

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  2. Seems like a very artsy collage. I like it. Clean and elegant and as Laura said, dreamy. Agree the world is endless when it comes to photo editing and you can play for hours and hour 😊

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  4. Very creative PJB – I’ve done them in PS but this week decided to try the wordpress gallery approach. Much less time consuming but then you have a bit less control over the final product. Definitely a trade-off but since I’m traveling it worked for me 🙂

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  5. This collage would be good for editorial use. I’ve seen agriculture and insurance brochures and other related documents that use similar photographs edited and arranged this way.

    I’m with you on the difficulty in remembering how to execute certain post-prod that I don’t do often. From digital illustration to graphic design to photography, there are just way too many techniques to keep up in my head. I keep many of them written down so that I may refer to them when I need to. Sometimes I even forget where I put the guides!

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